Kate Bush’s “Never for ever”: Music review

After the catchy opening track invites you to sing along with the presumably familiar chorus line you might be fooled into thinking this Kate Bush album will be easily accessible, perhaps like the second album was. But Kate soon smashes that expectation with the second track “Delius (Song Of Summer),” with its less than tuneful male ’backing vocals’ and the strange intermission feel of the arrangement and the echoey female vocals flitting in and out. The album meanders along between easily forgettable songs like “Blow Away (For Bill)” and more arresting high points like the recurring melody in “All We Ever Look For,” the opening vocal and keyboards duet in “Egypt,” or Kate’s voice turning to a snarl and a scream in “Violin.”
There are plenty of reminders that this is a Kate Bush album, full of eccentricities and fearless experimentation, such as the footsteps approaching down stairs in “All We Ever Look For,” doors opening and closing to reveal and then hide what sounds like hare krishna music, birdsong, and laughter, in a sort of “what’s behind door number three?” moment, as if Kate is looking for all she ever looks for in a variety of places. Or the violins in “Violin” which turn you somehow sideways, in a way that reminds me of Billy Joel’s “Scandinavian Skies” (which followed two years after this Kate Bush album).
All in all, this does not reach the heights of the first album, nor does it contain songs that melt you inside like the second album’s “Wow.”

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