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22
Sep

Kate Bush – Never For Ever (1980) – Lp

Catherine “Kate” Bush, CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. She is known for her eclectic and experimental music as well as her idiosyncratic performances.

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Artist:  Kate Bush
Title:  Never For Ever
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 062-07339

Never for Ever is the third album by the English singer Kate Bush. Released in September 1980, it was Bush’s first no. 1 album.

Never for Ever has Kate Bush sounding vocally stable and more confident, taking what she had put into her debut single “Wuthering Heights” from 1978 and administering those facets into most of the album’s content. Never for Ever went to number one in the U.K., on the strength of three singles that made her country’s Top 20. Both “Breathing” and “Army Dreamers” went to number 16, while “Babooshka” was her first Top Five single since “Wuthering Heights.” Bush’s dramatics and theatrical approach to singing begin to solidify on Never for Ever, and her style brandishes avid seriousness without sounding flighty or absurd. “Breathing,” about the repercussions of nuclear war, conveys enough passion and vocal curvatures to make her concern sound convincing, while “Army Dreamers” bounces her voice up and down without getting out of hand. “Babooshka”‘s motherly charm and flexible chorus make it one of her best tracks, proving that she can make the simplest of lyrics work for her through her tailored vocal acrobatics. The rest of the album isn’t quite as firm as her singles, but they all sport a more appeasing and accustomed sound than some of her past works, and she does manage to keep her identity and characteristics intact.

 

Side one
1.  Babooshka  (3:20)
2.  Delius  (2:49)
3.  Blow Away  (3:31)
4.  All We Ever Look For  (3:43)
5.  Egypt  (4:09)

Side two
1.  The Wedding List  (4:13)
2.  Violin  (3:13)
3.  The Infant Kiss  (2:51)
4.  Night Scented Stock  (0:49)
5.  Army Dreamers  (2:529
6.  Breathing  (5:25)

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