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Two years after her first two releases, Kate Bush took her career into her own hands and produced Never For Ever. Her sound has always been too notch from the beginning and I’m glad she’s now getting the recognition she deserves. album and was also the first album by a British female solo artist to top the UK Albums Chart, as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at No. Though at the time she was younger than 21, Bush confidently became the careful, experimental studio-only artist she remained for the remainder of her career. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

In 2020, Rolling Stone included Never for Ever in their "80 Greatest albums of 1980" list, praising Bush for her songwriting and her imagination.Blow Away (for Bill)" commemorates her lighting director Bill Duffield, killed in an accident at Poole Arts Centre during her 1979 tour. On side-A of the original vinyl release label, however, she is depicted as a graceful white swan, abstract concepts that were also featured in the music videos for ‘Delius’ and ‘Babooshka’. According to Bush, the title alluded to such conflicting emotions, including positive and negative binaries, stating, “We must tell our hearts that it is ‘never for ever’, and be happy that it’s like that”.

Bush was keen to start producing her work and felt that this was the first album she was happy with, since it was more personal. The song links his name to those of several music stars who died in the previous decade— Minnie Riperton, Keith Moon, Sandy Denny, Sid Vicious, Marc Bolan—and one earlier icon, Buddy Holly. While an artist may assert their psychedelic inclinations through their music, there’s something uniquely resonant in the use of vivid hues and retro-futuristic visuals, coupled with imagery that frequently hints at multifaceted dimensions. 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. What he created firmly resonated with Bush’s inner world, echoing the artistic influences she held dear.The initial two albums had established a distinctive sound that permeated every track, characterised by opulent orchestral arrangements complementing the live band’s presence. Her gothic and even extreme inspirations are intrinsic to her artistry, proving once again that Bush was the true torchbearer of art-rock and experimentalism, using the macabre to go against what was expected of women artists of the era. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

As with The Dreaming remaster (the only other I've bought so far) she seems to have avoided the usual remaster path of turning all the sliders up to the max and got Guthrie and Plante to smooth off the rough edges. By extension, the cover art features a striking design that reflects the creative essence of the album and all of its messy yet stunning inclinations. overall Never For Ever is one of the mst epic albums Kate has done and one of my top 25 favorites, a must for everyone. Bush’s artistic inspirations from horror literature and cinema were once again prominently featured on this album, with songs like ‘The Infant Kiss’, which tells the story of a governess who grapples with adult emotions for her young male charge, possessed by the spirit of an adult man. During October she also undertook promotional appearances for the album throughout Europe, most prominently in Germany and France.

Her incredible talent with this album, therefore, didn’t go amiss, and, as her first fully-fledged foray into production, served to be just about as archetypal Kate Bush as you could get. Similarly, ‘The Wedding List’ was influenced by François Truffaut’s 1968 film The Bride Wore Black, a revenge film featuring a widow who murders the man who accidentally shot her husband on her wedding day. This visual medium communicates more about the essence of a record than mere word of mouth ever could. Da sind tief berührende Songs wie "Breathing" oder "Army Dreamers", und da ist noch so viel mehr in ihrem ersten selbst produzierten Album, das für mich einen großartigen Höhepunkt repräsentiert.

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