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NEVER FOR EVER

Kate Bush

 

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The Crow
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3 stars After the little deception of Lionheart (it was too similar to The Kick Inside, but less inspired...), Kate Bush made a better effort... But again without reaching the levels of her debut album!

The first thing that comes to my mind listeing Never for Ever, is that it's more experimental... Like the two previous Kate's albums, the tracks are a mixture between a personal pop very piano oriented (Army Dreamers, All We Ever Look for...), with some rockier ones (Violin, Wedding List...) and some folk elements. But like I said, the piano is again the dominant key in her compositions... But in this third album, the experimentation has increased. In a lot of tracks, we have some weird noises, and the odd Paddy Bush's choirs are also very important to make the dinstinctive feeling of the album.

But in my humble opinion, this album lacks some highlights... There is not a bad song here, but not a great one too. Lionheart is not as good in its integrity, but in this album we had Wow and Oh England My Lionheart, two marvellous songs. And being Never for Ever a better album, I miss some hit... But the songs are all good, and it's OK anyway.

Best tracks: Babooshka (experimental and catchy track...), Army Dreamers (the best mellow track...), Violin (I really like the Kate's singing here... She sounds like the instrument of the tittle!) and Breathing (a sensitive and beautiful ending).

Conclusion: in my opinion, this is far from being the best Kate Bush's album... It's easily surpased by The Kick Inside, and it's miles away from Hounds of Love. Nevertheless, it's a very worthy one... Here Kate showed new ideas, and althought the real evolution of her sounds was still to come, with Never For Ever she achieved some interesting things.

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 3/5 |

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