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Wednesday, December 01, 2004


In September of 1985 Kate Bush released ‘Hound Of Love’, an album that would prove to be the zenith of a singularly influential and groundbreaking career. A protégé of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Bush would set the standard for artists like Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. ‘Hounds Of Love’ is one of those great records that take you on a journey to places remote, exotic, and strangely familiar. I used this record as the soundtrack to a performance of ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ that I directed in college. The first side consists of five songs, each examining aspects of the overall theme – love. ‘Running Up That Hill’ may well be Kate’s finest moment, and that side’s finale; ‘Cloudbursting’ proves her place in the pantheon of rock greats. The fact that she’s able to write, arrange, and produce herself successfully puts her in a very small group of artists. The second side is a whirlwind trip through the psyche of that obsession, that disease or disorder we call love. Not only is this record one of my all-time favorites, it is the best record I have found to make love to, yes, even better than ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. Try it out sometime.

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