In fact, until I read about today’s SOTD, the album’s final track, I didn’t know that Hounds of Love was conceived as two individual suites: Side One, ‘Hounds of Love,’ contains five songs, while Side Two, ‘The Ninth Wave,’ contains seven. The album’s four hits (‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God),’ ‘Cloudbusting,’ ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘The Big Sky’) all appear on Side One, along with a favorite of mine, ‘Mother Stands For Comfort.’ I guess that explains why I know that half of the album so well.
1993 saw the release of Kate Bush’s seventh studio album, The Red Shoes. This was her follow-up to her two most successful releases, Hounds of Love and The Sensual World, and it joined those albums in reaching Platinum status in the UK.
This would be Bush’s last album for 12 years, a hiatus she spent raising her son.
I’m surprised that this is the first track from Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds of Love I’ve featured on the blog. Through nearly 3,000 songs, I would have expected at least the great ‘Running Up That Hill’ to have its moment in the spotlight.
The truth is, I’ve only really gotten into the first handful of songs on the record, but they’re all great. Perhaps my favorite of all of them is today’s random selection, ‘Mother Stands For Comfort.’
Three years before Kate Bush released her most acclaimed album, Hounds of Love, she set the table with her fourth record, The Dreaming. This was the first album Bush produced on her own and she took advantage of the chance to let her freak flag fly.
Hounds of Love is a great art pop album, and the only one of Bush’s records I own. Her style is a bit too out there for my taste, but I recognize the talent.
Teaming up with Kate Bush, better known for her avant garde songwriting than this sort of lush balladry, Gabriel recorded a grand ode to perseverance, a precursor to ‘Everybody Hurts.’
Though ‘Don’t Give Up’ isn’t a love song in the traditional sense, I find it achingly romantic. That’s due in large part to the interplay of Gabriel’s and Bush’s vocals, not to mention the video of them hugging throughout the performance (must have been an interesting shoot).