Never For Ever (1980)


Cover of 1980's Never for Ever

Now he's sitting in his hole,
he might as well have buttons and bows.

Never for Ever saw Bush's second foray into production (her first was for the Live On Stage EP earlier in the year), aided by the engineer of Lionheart, Jon Kelly. The first two albums had resulted in a definite sound which was evident in every track, with lush orchestral arrangements supporting the live band sound. The range of styles on Never for Ever is much more diverse, veering from the straightforward rocker, "The Wedding List", to the sad, wistful waltz of hit single, "Army Dreamers". Never for Ever was the first Kate Bush album to be composed on synthesizers and drum machines (in particular, the Fairlight CMI), her earlier albums being composed on the piano.

Never for Ever proved to be Bush's first record to reach the top position in the UK album charts, also making her the first female Briton ever to achieve that status.

Bush's literary and cinematic influences were at work once more. "The Infant Kiss" was inspired by the 1961 film The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave, which in turn had been inspired by The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, while "The Wedding List" drew from François Truffaut's 1968 film La mariée était en noir.

Never for Ever is, to date, the only album by Kate Bush not to share a title with one of its own tracks.

Album Tracks:

1. Babooshka
2. Delius (Song Of Summer)
3. Blow Away (For Bill)
4. All We Ever Look For
5. Egypt
6. The Wedding List
7. Violin
8. The Infant Kiss
9. Night Scented Stock
10. Army Dreamers
11. Breathing


Source: Wikipedia