Kate Bush: Hounds Of Love Review

12. Under Ice

Favourite lyric: I’m speeding past tress, leaving little lines in the ice

Short but sweet, with a mysterious haunting quality to it. I cannot fault this song, I just don’t feel that feeling I have when I listen to the other songs as strongly.

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11. Watching You Without Me

Favourite lyric: You can’t hear what I’m saying, you don’t hear what I’m saying, do you?

My reasoning for ‘Watching You Without Me’ being at #11 is similar to my reason for ‘Under Ice’ being at #12, but to a lesser extent. The lyrics on this song are definitely it’s strongest point. I’d go as far to say that the lyric above is my favourite on the whole album.

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10. Mother Stands For Comfort

Favourite lyric: It breaks the cage and fear escapes and takes possession, just like a crowd rioting inside

While this song is less catchy than some of the other songs on the album, it is still very interesting both lyrically and instrumentally. In fact it was quite difficult to choose my favourite line.

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9. Waking The Witch

Favourite lyric: You shouldn’t make the night, but see your little light’s alive

Definitely the weirdest song on the album, the most interesting listen possibly. I like the creativity of it all, and the lyrics of course, however I feel as if we don’t get to hear Bush’s voice as much as we do on other tracks.

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8. Jig Of Life

Favourite lyric: Where on your palm is my little line, when you’re written in mine as an old memory?

I have so much to write about ‘Jig Of Life’, so it feels unlawful to put it this low. The flow of the song is incredible, accompanied by anecdotal lyricism. I love how the barn dance atmosphere is emphasised by the instrumental, before we hear the mysterious voice of man, who I suspect is replying to Kate’s verse of the song.

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7. Hello Earth

Favourite lyric: With just my heart and my mind I can be driving, driving home

This song is very up and down instrumentally, but I think that’s what I love about it. In fact there’s no actual reason for me to rank it at #7, I guess there are just other songs I love more.

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6. The Morning Fog

Favourite lyric: D’you know what? I love you better now

Something about the calmness of this song draws me in, and I finish the song feeling exactly the same way. While there are songs I like more, I’m not sure if any of them could end the album as perfectly as ‘ The Morning Fog’ does.

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5. The Big Sky

Favourite lyric: You never understood me, you never really tried

I certainly underestimated ‘The Big Sky’, having just pushed it up from #8 to #5. The song can be a little repetitive, but that doesn’t bother me as it’s just so catchy.

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4. And Dream Of Sheep

Favourite lyric: Let me be weak, let me sleep, and dream of sheep

As an avid lover of sheep (so much that I refuse to eat lamb), just the title of this melodic ballad is enough to excite me. The song is filled with gorgeous piano notes, as well as the softness and tranquility of Bush’s voice.

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3. Cloudbusting

Favourite lyric: What made it special made it dangerous so I bury it and forget

‘Cloudbusting’ has a lot going for it, including the best instrumental and best momentum to the chorus on the album. I’m also just in love with the general flow of the song.

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2. Hounds Of Love

Favourite lyric: And I’m ashamed of running away from nothing real, I just can’t deal with this

It was close between this song and ‘Cloudbusting’, but what makes ‘Hounds Of Love’ that fragment better is the satisfyingly dramatic effect it has on you, sort of similar to the song I put in first place.

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1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

Favourite lyric: And if I only could, I’d make a deal with God, and I’d get him to swap our places

This song has revived its fame since its infamous cameo on Netflix show Stranger Things (and is the only reason I decided to watch it really). I’m so glad people have got to see the beauty of its lyrics and melody. It may seem like the obvious song to put in first place, but there is really nothing you can fault about the song.

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