Never for Ever

Never for Ever

by Kate BushKate Bush


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Never for Ever has Kate Bush sounding vocally stable and more confident, taking what she had put into her debut single "Wuthering Heights" from 1978 and administering those facets into most of the album's content. Never for Ever went to number one in the U.K., on the strength of three singles that made her country's Top 20. Both "Breathing" and "Army Dreamers" went to number 16, while "Babooshka" was her first Top Five single since "Wuthering Heights." Bush's dramatics and theatrical approach to singing begin to solidify on Never for Ever, and her style brandishes avid seriousness without sounding flighty or absurd. "Breathing," about the repercussions of nuclear war, conveys enough passion and vocal curvatures to make her concern sound convincing, while "Army Dreamers" bounces her voice up and down without getting out of hand. "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. The rest of the album isn't quite as firm as her singles, but they all sport a more appeasing and accustomed sound than some of her past works, and she does manage to keep her identity and characteristics intact. She bettered this formula for 1985's Hounds of Love, making that album's "Running Up That Hill" her only Top 40 single in the U.S., peaking at number 30.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0077774636025
catalogNumber: 463607

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Bush   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Harmony,CS-80,Vocal Harmony
Kevin Burke   Violin
Roy Harper   Vocals,Background Vocals
Duncan Mackay   Keyboards,fairlight
Ian Bairnson   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Brian Bath   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Andrew Bryant   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paddy Bush   Harmonica,Mandolin,Balalaika,Bass (Vocal),Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Koto,Banshee,Saw
Stuart Elliot   Drums,Bodhran
Stuart Elliott   Drums,Bodhran
Larry Fast   Keyboards,Prophet Synthesizer,Prophet 5
Martyn Ford   Performing Ensemble
John Giblin   Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Preston Heyman   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Gary Hurst   Vocals,Background Vocals
Max Middleton   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Mike Moran   Keyboards,Prophet 5
Alan Murphy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Soloist
Del Palmer   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Morris Pert   Percussion,Timpani
Roland   Percussion
Adam Skeaping   Viola
Joseph Skeaping   Lironi
Adam Sceaping   Viol
Jo Sceaping   Lironi

Technical Credits

Kate Bush   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Ian Bairnson   Contributor
Richard Burgess   Contributor
John Carder Bush   Back Cover
Paddy Bush   Contributor
Jon Kelly   Producer,Engineer
Max Middleton   String Arrangements
Mike Moran   Contributor
Nick Price   Artwork,Cover Art
Adam Sceaping   String Arrangements
Jo Sceaping   String Arrangements
John L. Walters   Contributor

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