Kate Bush
Never for Ever


4.0
excellent

Review

by He Instagram his watch like #MadRichAlert USER (3 Reviews)
February 15th, 2012 | 133 replies | 8,163 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where Kate channels her inner Bowie

If you think about it, Kate Bush could have gone in any direction after promoting Lionheart. Her second album had some high points and some cute vocal deliveries but ultimately came up short in quality. Kate's third album could have been another decline in quality. It could have just been Kate treading water with more adorable pop singles. Instead, the follow up was an important step into new territory. Never For Ever shows Kate Bush at a much more mature stage. While Lionheart had embraced maturity quite well in comparison to The Kick Inside, it didn't help Kate break out of her cute pop singer shell. Most people were still infatuated with her first single, Wuthering Heights. A new direction was something Kate needed to assert. She managed to do that just enough with Never For Ever.

The album features plenty of single worthy pop hits as usual but does offer much more collectively. Babooshka and Army Dreamers are examples of Kate exercising more of her descriptive lyrical style. On this record, Bush explores more concepts in her lyrics than previously. It's easy noticing the lyrical contrast with the album's opening and closing tracks. The opener, Babooshka is about a distrustful wife who ruins her marriage through seducing her husband under a pseudonym. The closer, Breathing finds Kate writing about her nervous actions through a more Bowie influenced style. From this point, Kate Bush adds even more variety to the mix. Musically, Never For Ever naturally expands thanks to a more layered sound. The album features a vibrant mix of wet fairlight synths, pianos, fretless bass and layers of strings. The performances of the album fit smoother than on previous records as Bush goes for a more varied final product.

Kate's third solo album was no masterpiece but a fascinating and necessary step in her discography. Bush's writing had finally evolved enough to the point where she could write without relying too much on image or style. Whether it's experimenting with her remarkable vocal range, creative arrangements, or vivid lyrics, Never For Ever shows Kate Bush improving in all the right ways.


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Ire
February 15th 2012


41763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i just reviewed this sonic style so if there are any mistakes i'll gladly correct them


inb4 ramy actually reviewed something

porch
February 15th 2012


8460 Comments


good review

i don't think the 'in' is necessary in the summary and the repetition of 'kate's third album' in the first paragraph reads kinda awkwardly

were still infatuated love


this too

dylantheairplane
February 15th 2012


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Wedding List is so awesome

Ire
February 15th 2012


41763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think that works. Thanks.

DarthMann
February 15th 2012


13815 Comments


awesome ramy man gj

Poet
February 15th 2012


5933 Comments


Only took ya five and a half years.

DarthMann
February 15th 2012


13815 Comments


who negd

MO
February 15th 2012


18642 Comments


holy shit an Ire review wtf

Funeralopolis
February 15th 2012


11321 Comments


good job Ire expanding outside of your comfort zone! Immediate positive reactions to your writing skills shall be provided as a result of your calloused typing fingers.

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tarkus
February 15th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

an ire review

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Ire
February 15th 2012


41763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks

album is sogud

KILL
February 15th 2012


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, not one of my favs

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2012


16137 Comments


pos cuz ramy

Dryden
February 15th 2012


12928 Comments


ire you sell out faggot bitch

Dryden
February 15th 2012


12928 Comments


u got a neg go hawks mode and report the neg

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2012


18457 Comments


NEG

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Ire
February 15th 2012


41763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

babooshka

KILL
February 15th 2012


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hot

Ire
February 15th 2012


41763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

babooshka ya ya

Chrisjon89
February 15th 2012


3623 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. album is pretty good. I love Delius and the video of it on YouTube



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