Never For Ever

(1980), 8.5/10
On Never For Ever Bush combining the memorable hooky songs of The Kick Inside with the textural weirdness of Lionheart, essentially creating the template for her subsequent career. While she’s experimenting with the Fairlight CMI synthesizer that would define her later 1980’s works on tracks like ‘All We Ever Look For’, she’s largely working in a conventional band setup with orchestral backing.

These songs are often romantic and sensual, and feature typically offbeat subjects; ‘Breathing’ concerns a fetus in a nuclear holocaust, while ‘The Infant Kiss’ is a taboo tale of attraction. ‘Blown Away (For Bill)’ is a tribute to her lighting engineer who was killed on an onstage accident, while there’s one straightforward, memorable single with the forthright ‘Babooshka’, which mixes tense verses with a big dramatic chorus.

Brimming with imagination and memorable melodies, Never For Ever would be a career peak for many artists, but Bush would grow even further with her next two albums.

 

 

 

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