Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)

Title: Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)

Artist: Kate Bush

Album: Hounds of Love

Year: 1985

Genre: Art Rock, New Wave

Discovered in 1975 by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Kate Bush began and ended her career with sappy sentimentality bathed in new age-isms and unicorn fantasies. Yet, at the heart of her discography lies this uncharacteristically forward-looking full-length, whose striking arrangements are aided by her Fairlight synthesizer/sampler and dipped in mind-blowing, crystalline production. Side one begins with “Running Up That Hill”, setting the scene with tension and galloping programmed percussion, and ends with the government conspiracy ballad “Cloudbusting”, which pours on strings like liquid nylon. But it’s the suite on side two that’s hauntingly inexplicable, comprised of dissimilar songs tied together by a dreamlike pall. Her singing is seductive and wraithlike, especially when joined by disembodied voices, and a distant, watery choral group. Chris Dahlen

So much love one one record.