Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love Under Review (Pride/MVD DVD)
Sound: C+ Extras: C Documentary: B
The Under Review series of music documentaries continues
its look at key albums from major artists, even if they have done a great job
covering them before as a whole. One
such example is Kate Bush, which they did such a good job in general on Kate
Bush that they have decided to return to her and specifically focus on her
great breakthrough album Hounds Of Love. You can see our coverage of the previous DVD
at this link:
Instead of problematic overlap with the previous program,
the 88 minutes here is always interesting, informative and rich in clips,
stills and gets into the story about some of the controversy about the album
itself. Fans know how the hit Running Up That Hill was originally
entitled Make A Deal With God, while
it was still rare for any artist (especially a female) to have this kind of
autonomy, creative control and power while having this kind of commercial
success and respectability. It is a
shame and sometimes a mystery why she did not cross over even bigger in the
U.S., but the Music Videos to the songs are terrific and are shown here with
It also recalls how big the album was elsewhere and just
what a strong work it is track by track.
It is also an album that holds up remarkably well after all these years
and will make you want to buy it when you finish seeing this.
Like the previous DVD, the 1.33 X 1 image is
PAL-originated and some slight ghosting here and there is an issue, but with
the great wealth of material and the variant nature of documentaries anyhow,
such flaws are not as distracting. The
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple and has no surrounds, while it reminded this
critic that much of Bush’s catalog (again) needs and deserves to be issued in
audiophile format versions like SACD.
Extras include a vintage tape of Kate talking about the album and text
on the interviewees.
- Nicholas Sheffo