Picks and Pans Review: Hounds of Love
Singer-songwriter-keyboardist Bush is very popular in her native England. This self-produced album should enhance her reputation here. True, she's not likely to become the biggest of pop stars, because her songs are often morose, resembling Shakespearean soliloquies a lot more than they do Top 40 hits. Her lyrics also reflect a primitive belief in animism, conjuring up images of Stonehenge: "Go to sleep little earth/I was there at the birth/Out of the cloud burst the head of the Tempest." Nonetheless, such songs as Running Up That Hill and the title track boast inventive, over-dubbed harmonies, dark ritualistic drumming and a stark magnetism reminiscent of Stevie Nicks' best work. Mother Stands for Comfort and Cloudbusting are atmospheric in a sad, wistful way too. For those with a taste for dreamy, brooding music, this could be an engrossing album. (EMI)
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