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Catherine "Kate" Bush - Born July 30th, 1958 (Bexleyheath, Kent, England)

A demo of Kate Bush reached David Gilmour in 1975. Being impressed by her true original talent, the PINK FLOYD guitar player financed her fist proper recording session before introducing the result to EMI. In 1978 her debut album was issued but two songs were written years before that. "The Kick inside" must have been one of the most passionate albums ever written. In 1978 Bush' talents were an amazing revelation : a rare talent for melody and poetic imagery but especially the sound of her voice was something which was never heard before at the time. On the debut album her innocent sounding voice is in full helium mode and reaches ear ear-splitting frequencies. The songs are piano driven but the colourful arrangements are unmistakable in the vein of progressive rock. Similarities can be found in the sound of Gerry Rafferty at the time or the first albums from The ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. No wonder the full TAPP-line-up was in charge as the backing band on this record. Unlike the aforementioned bands, Bush's music is very feminine and reveals more light & playful pop & rock tunes. The hits "Wuthering heights" and "The man with the child in his eyes" introduced her to a large pop audience. Within months following the release of her debut album, she was already recording a successor album. Even though "Lionheart" contained another hit single, the compositions were less sparkling. On "Never for ever" her sound is enriched with traditional folk influences provided by more session musicians. Moving further away from the standard pop format, Bush challenged her audience with more experimentation with a most refreshing result. This album gave her the confidence to take full control of her music. She co-produced her next album "The Dreaming" on which she explored the fairytale weirdness even more. With it's haunting rhythm's this album could be described as manic and fearsome, one of Bush' strangest efforts. On the musical side her sound got innovated by the use of computer and fairlight, also the influence of an artist like Peter Gabriel was heavy felt. In 1985 Bush released her magnum opus and most successful album to date. "Hounds of love" is divided in a pop side and a progressive side. On the pop side it seemed the controversial influences from the previous album were incorporated in accessible pop songs. The epic side consists of one fascinating suite : "The ninth wave", di...
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KATE BUSH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 290 ratings
The Kick Inside
3.36 | 201 ratings
3.96 | 255 ratings
Never For Ever
4.10 | 267 ratings
The Dreaming
4.13 | 383 ratings
Hounds Of Love
3.51 | 177 ratings
The Sensual World
2.69 | 136 ratings
The Red Shoes
3.82 | 231 ratings
2.84 | 76 ratings
Director's Cut
3.71 | 140 ratings
50 Words For Snow

KATE BUSH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 35 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon
5.00 | 1 ratings
1979 Television Special
4.11 | 23 ratings
Before The Dawn

KATE BUSH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.82 | 17 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon (Video)
3.52 | 10 ratings
The Single File (VHS)
3.84 | 16 ratings
The Whole Story VHS
2.37 | 8 ratings
The Sensual World, The Videos (VHS)
3.04 | 8 ratings
The Line, The Cross & The Curve (VHS)
2.88 | 6 ratings
Hounds of Love: A Classic Album Under Review
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Only Girl in the World
2.95 | 4 ratings
1979 Television Special

KATE BUSH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.53 | 61 ratings
The Whole Story
3.70 | 22 ratings
This Woman's Work

KATE BUSH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.05 | 3 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wow / Fullhouse
5.00 | 2 ratings
Hammer Horror / Coffee Homeground
3.67 | 3 ratings
Wuthering Heights
2.55 | 10 ratings
On Stage
5.00 | 1 ratings
Babooshka / Ran Tan Waltz
5.00 | 2 ratings
Breathing / The Empty Bullring
5.00 | 1 ratings
Army Dreamers
4.00 | 4 ratings
December Will Be Magic Again
4.00 | 3 ratings
There Goes a Tenner
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Dreaming
3.33 | 3 ratings
Suspended in Gaffa
4.05 | 3 ratings
Night of the Swallow
4.91 | 3 ratings
Running Up That Hill
3.75 | 4 ratings
3.82 | 9 ratings
Experiment IV
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Sat In Your Lap
2.05 | 2 ratings
Love and Anger
2.09 | 6 ratings
Aspects of the Sensual World
2.14 | 8 ratings
Rocket Man / Candle in the Wind
2.17 | 4 ratings
And So Is Love
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rubberband Girl
3.83 | 6 ratings
Wild Man
2.09 | 2 ratings
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)


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 Aerial by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.82 | 231 ratings

Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars After taking a long break from touring and recording, Kate Bush returned with this excellent double album. Sounding nothing like her previous album 'The Red Shoes', or really any of her other albums, this album shows mostly her strengths of songwriting and composition. For the most part, it is quite ambient, some songs with rhythm and some are just Kate and a piano. The real center of this album is Kate's beautiful and unique voice, and just like before, she has all kinds of vocal tricks up her sleeve.

Kate wanted to do a double album where each album focused on 2 different things. The first record is called 'A Sea of Honey' where each song is about a different person. The first one is an up-tempo song about Elvis and wondering what kinds of things he would be thinking about if he is alive somewhere out there. This was the only single to be released off this album, and it is also the oldest song on the album, written a few years before, but Kate never felt comfortable with it until now. 'Pi' is a mid tempo song with Kate singing in a dreamy yet surprisingly dynamic voice about a mathematician who has a fixation on numbers. The amazing thing is when she sings the endless number that represents Pi, and how she does it with so much emotion, like someone that actually has this personal attachment to numbers. This is something only Kate could do. 'Bertie' is about Kate's son, who was kept secret until Peter Gabriel spilled the beans to a reporter. This is an emotional and personal song. Her son was one of the main reasons why Kate took such a long sabbatical, she wanted to be involved in her son's life. The next song is 'Mrs. Bartolozzi' is a beautiful and emotional song about a fictional woman who basically has not much of a life, that when she washes her clothes, she stares into the washer and imagines it is a huge sea with waves crashing around. This turns into a romantic fantasy of sorts that is very sad that a washing machine is the one thing that takes her away from her mundane existence. This song is just Kate and a piano, but there is so much depth to this one that it is all you need.

'How to Be Invisible' is one of my favorites. It has a good beat to it, yet it stays slightly subdued. There is also a great guitar hook throughout the song that drives it forward. A very beautiful melody and catchy. Some have accused Kate of copying Radiohead's song 'How to Disappear' from 'Kid A', because both songs are about a book who's subject is disappearing. Kate said that if she had known that, she wouldn't have written the song, so I am personally glad she didn't know it. One of her biggest fears is writing a song that sounds like someone else's. The song is about a person that wants to become invisible. 'Joanni' is a mid tempo song about Joan of Arc. This one hasn't really phased me much yet, but it is a little more complicated, so I will give it time. Last of all on this half of the album, is 'A Choral Room', which is a portrait of Kate's mother and memories of her up to and including her death. This one is very personal and you feel Kate's love and heartache in her voice. This one is also just Kate and a piano, with a short interlude sung by Michael Wood.

The second record is entirely a suite of songs called 'An Endless Sky of Honey' which is about any day following the movement of light and birds. It starts off with a 'Prelude', which is the sounds of birds with synths and piano and Kate's son Bertie reciting a short spoken word passage. This follows into 'Prologue' and moves immediately to the afternoon. This one is mostly Kate's voice and a piano, but the difference between this one and the minimal tracks on the first record is this one is much more structured. 'An Architect's Dream' has a mid tempo beat driven by what sounds like bongos, but very softly. Keyboards and synths provide the instrumental background. It talks about an artist working (inspired by the painting 'Fishermen') and how the lines in the painting are like an architect's dream. 'The Painter's Link' is a short interlude where time moves into late afternoon and the painter's painting gets washed into a picture to streams of color. 'Sunset' is more of a soft jazzy number. In this one, the painter's colors transform into the sunset. The music builds into a faster rhythm, keeping with the jazz feel. Very nice. 'Ariel Tal' is another short interlude with birdsong and Kate starts to mimic the sound through wordless vocals as if she is talking to the birds. Even if it may sound corny on the surface, I love this carefree sound. 'Somewhere In Between' is everything you love about Kate Bush's music. Nice, lush instrumentation and Kate's beautiful voice. This one is my favorite on this part of the album. Gary Brooker is doing the male vocals here. The day moves into twilight as Kate reminisces about a romantic encounter. This one is simply beautiful.

The next track is 'Nocturn', which means we have reached nighttime. Kate and her lover go driving to the beach and spend the night swimming. This one seems less structured at first, but moves into a mid tempo with a driving rhythm. From the lyrics in this song and throughout the suite, Kate paints everything, every scene, just like a painting through her words. That is the main strength of this track especially as she treats the experience as a painting come to life. There is an instrumental section and then the sun starts to rise as the lovers realize they have spent the entire night there. The light climbs up an aerial and the reflection is blinding and the dreamers are waking. Next comes the title track 'Aerial'. The song builds with a driving rhythm as Kate wishes to climb up high with the sun and the birds. She starts mimicking the birds again and singing wordless vocals and laughing, expressing joy and excitement of a new day and the beauty of life and birdsong. Soon and instrumental section begins, percussion drives to Kate's vocals again. She makes us all want to be up on the roof, and soon after guitar and keyboards have an interlude again, a sampled chorus joins her on the roof.

This is an amazing album from an amazing talent, one of her absolute best. If you missed out on this one, then you need to get it for it's beauty and its progressive sound. Like I said before, it is mostly ambient, but it also has some surprisingly driving melodies also. Nothing is formulaic as far as traditional songwriting and singing goes. However, it is very accessible, but never predictable. The first record of the double album is probably more loose and improvisational sounding, where as the second record is more structured, but almost all of it has that ambient feeling to it, which only drives the beauty of it all. This is a must have for progressive rock lovers, especially for Kate Bush fans. It is an amazing album that never gets tiring. You will grow to love it more as you get more familiar with it also. 5 glowing stars for this one.

 Running Up That Hill by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1985
4.91 | 3 ratings

Running Up That Hill
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'Running Up That Hill' was a hit single across Europe, and also in the USA it reached Top 30. Even today it feels so effective that, with the well-done music video accompanying the song, it simply had to make an impact back then. On one hand, it's very accessible with the ear-sticking beat and the emphasis on chorus, and on the other hand it's carefully designed art-pop with sounds that were pretty unique. Rarely the hit potential and the artistic depth are combined so perfectly in popular music.

Here's some background information (copied from Wikipedia): "Representatives at EMI were hesitant to release the song with its original title of 'A Deal with God' owing to possible negative reception because of its use of the word God. Bush relented and changed the title. However, the album version of the song is listed as 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)'. The executives of EMI initially wanted to release another song, 'Cloudbusting', as the lead single from the album. Bush successfully persuaded them to release 'Running Up That Hill' first, claiming that it was the first song written for the album, and felt that it better represented the broader feel for Hounds of Love."

As good as the main song is, I wouldn't rate the single five stars unless the B-sider wasn't a fantastic non-album song. 'Under the Ivy' is a melancholic, slightly folkish song with a ripped-down arrangement, leaving lot of space for Kate's voice to shine as beautifully as ever. Having known the song for a long time from the Hounds of Love reissue, it's among my Top Ten of Kate Bush tracks. Absolutely lovely and deeply moving -- even without really understanding the lyrical message of it.

 Before The Dawn by BUSH, KATE album cover Live, 2016
4.11 | 23 ratings

Before The Dawn
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Vinyl Connection

4 stars Ms Bush's 2014 concerts sold out so quickly it broke the internet. The luckies who scored a ticket received a lavishly produced and impeccably staged conceptual art rock-theatre piece. This huge set records the concerts over eight sides of vinyl. It is a lot of music. The repertoire is drawn from Kate's later albums'no Wuthering or Babooshkering here'and features lots from 2005's Ariel. Given how strong that album was, the selections are no bad thing. Short segments of spoken work add drama and make the theatre overt. Playing is outstanding throughout, the sound is extraordinary for a live recording and the album packaging is lavish and interesting. Immersing yourself in the Bush of live ghosts is a mesmerizing experience.
 Before The Dawn by BUSH, KATE album cover Live, 2016
4.11 | 23 ratings

Before The Dawn
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I'm surprised to be only the second reviewer for this, considering the huge news value of Kate Bush having gone on stage again. One thing is sure: the fans are anxiously hoping and waiting for the DVD release of this three-act concert. (I've said this before, but I strongly prefer DVD's over live albums. And no, I didn't buy this 3-CD, just borrowed it from my library.) Even if Kate's vocals are in a good form and not notably aged, my initial reception was slightly disappointed. The first disc [39:34], or Act One, contains seven unrelated tracks from the albums Red Shoes, Aerial and Hounds of Love ('Never Be Mine' from The Sensual World was recorded when the show was being filmed without the audience). The selection is not very good IMHO, and it's sad that many great albums in her discography were totally excluded. The other reason for my negative feelings was the way the performances are mostly just uninspired replicas of the studio versions.

Act Two: an extended version of "The Ninth Wave" suite that originally formed the B side of the Hounds of Love album. I can imagine the spoken-oriented extensions increase the drama level on the concert when you are/were there (I wasn't, sadly), but on audio-only they become a mere nuisance. And for the music itself, the arrangement here follows very closely the original form, meaning that a lot of sounds and vocals are not real live at all. As a listening experience this theatre-oriented performance is a bit frustrating in several ways, hopelessly losing to the superb original without really adding new MUSICAL ideas. The happy final part, 'Morning Fog', offers the band a good opportunity to blow some extra life into the playing, but, even if it's the one that differs most clearly from the original, it sounds somewhat lame here. The line-up is top-notch: David Rhodes, John Giblin, Jon Carin, Omar Hakim, etc. After listening to two CD's I felt disillusioned.

Act Three: "A Sky of Honey", ie. the suite of the 2nd disc of the 2005 Aerial album. During this 73-minute disc my reception turned for the positive. Maybe it's because the music of this suite is airier, softer -- less "artificial" if you know what I mean -- , the live performance of it functions extremely well. Finally the band finds its real strength. Already the 'Prologue' part contains extensions that are musically inspired, and the suite becomes a cathartic listening experience, even more so than it was on the album. The new song 'Tawny Moon' is sung by Kate's son Bertie (whose name I fail to find from the booklet?) and it's a very good addition to the suite. From the 2011 album 50 Words for Snow comes 'Among Angels', a beautiful melancholic piano song of the purest Kate Bush touch. And the encore piece 'Cloudbusting' is gorgeous.

The weakest part is the first act, especially being a missed opportunity in a discographical sense. Act Two made me only crave for the visual side of the performance (the pictures reveal it's awesome). Act Three finally made an impression on me, but I guess I have to rate this with "only" three stars. Hopefully the DVD will be released some day.

 Breathing / The Empty Bullring by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
5.00 | 2 ratings

Breathing / The Empty Bullring
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Kate Bush's third album Never For Ever (1980) marked a transitional stage in her career, a logical link between the first two albums of a young singer-songwriter backed by a band and producers with their own wills, and The Dreaming (1982) in which she took control firmly in her own hands and produced a difficult "she's gone mad" album that was a nightmare to the record company. I love them all. One of the best songs on Never For Ever is the closing track, 'Breathing'. As a composition, it's a magnificent leap in artistic depth compared to naïve, starry-eyed balladry of songs such as 'In Search of Peter Pan' or 'Oh England My Lionheart'. And technically it's a perfect example of the way Kate strived for new soundscapes with the aid of modern devices, especially Fairlight.

I bet there aren't many Kate Bush fans that fail to be moved by this dystopic and mysterious song. One doesn't even need to be aware that the protagonist is an unborn child inside the mother's womb. The outside world has faced disaster: "Chips of Plutonium are twinkling in every lung". Here Kate starts to show her real capacity as a widely expressionistic vocalist instead of a high-pitched pop sensation so easy to make fun of. 'Breathing' is simultaneously both soft, beautiful, and haunting, dark-toned. Worth noticing is the goosebump effect of the mid-section featuring the male voice-over, and the increase of the tension. Also the silent, extended ending is bravely against the pop norms. This definitely is a five-star song for me.

'The Empty Bullring' on the B side is a fairly good non-album song, so no need to lower my rating! It's just Kate and her piano, a bit like 'In the Warm Room' (on Lionheart) but slightly livelier and brighter -- at first it may bring 'Oh To Be in Love' in mind, only without band-backing or a clear chorus -- and the piano work is more decorative. Not so far from the classical lied, actually. Funnily I originally mistook the white mushroom on the cover for a figure of a lady wearing a large white hat, before having a closer look...

 Love and Anger by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1989
2.05 | 2 ratings

Love and Anger
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars [Just added a bunch of Kate Bush singles.] This is probably her worst single ever (hopefully there aren't others as bad). 'Love and Anger' is an outtake from the album The Sensual World (1989). I bought the CD when it was just released, and I used to enjoy it quite a lot, despite some disliking for a couple of songs. Over the years it has become clearer that the album as a whole is a bit of a let-down and surprisingly average on her artistic scale (only the follower, Red Shoes from 1993, is notably worse). Especially considering that Kate worked on it for a long time, the results were not as good as they should have been. The listener simply doesn't feel the passion and inspiration so strongly felt on the previous album Hounds of Love (1985) which I cherish as a pop masterpiece. But yes, The Sensual World surely contains some very fine songs.

'Love and Anger' is among its weakest tracks. The song became quite popular in the States, where her stardom was notably smaller, and practically based on a handful of separate songs more than on complete albums. It is a decent, fairly listenable pop song if one compares it to the pop music of the time in general. But one really expects more from this individual art-pop artist. The vocals are all right, but the composition is among the least inspiring or original she has ever written. The single version is the same as the album version, only the end laughter has been cut off.

However, it's the B-sider that makes this single so bad. 'Ken' is an awfully noisy (supposed to be uplifting and joyous) pop song in the ugliest in-your-face production of the 80's, in the vein of Cyndi Lauper and other commercial mainstream pop featuring programmed drums. Not only the sharp brass sounds are nasty, also Kate's vocals get awfully screamy on this song that is a torture of nearly four minutes. The song was made for a comic strip film G.L.C. "Ken Livingstone, former leader of the GLC, Member of Parliament and the first democratically-elected Mayor of London is the official Labour candidate to succeed Boris Johnson as London Mayor in 2012", informs the YouTube page. The cover design is the best part of this release.

 Before The Dawn by BUSH, KATE album cover Live, 2016
4.11 | 23 ratings

Before The Dawn
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by chopper
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars WOT NO DVD?

Finally we get to see a release of the 2014 Kate Bush concerts, but it's the audio recordings not the film that a lot of people were hoping for. There are various rumours as to why the DVD is not being released but Kate says it's been archived and may be released at some point, so we have to make do with this for now. It's the whole show in 3 acts - act one is various Kate songs, perhaps not the ones some people were hoping for with a few favourites (Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love) and one or two surprises (Lily, Joanni and Never Be Mine which was not included in the final show), act two is the complete Ninth Wave suite with the addition of a couple of spoken monologues, act three is A Sky of Honey (with new song Tawny Moon sung by Bertie) plus the two encores of Among Angels and Cloudbusting. For those of you who were lucky enough to get tickets for the shows (like me) may still be yearning to see the show again as it was such a visual treat (and there was a lot going on with little surprises here and there which you could easily miss) but we'll have to make do with this. The sound quality is brilliant, audience participation is kept to a minimum, the band (including David Rhodes and John Giblin) are brilliant and Kate's vocals are spot on, no sign of ageing. I'm not going to review every song as fans will already know them. Of special note is a brilliant version of "The Morning Fog" which has been slowed down and was the highlight of the concert for me. The previously mentioned "Tawny Moon" is a new song - Bertie's vocals are already being slated on various forums but to me he does a fine job for his first live performance. To sing in front of a packed Odeon must have been daunting for him. OK, the song is a bit long and it worked better in the context of the show but it's not as bad as some people are making out. Overall this is the audio document of the greatest musical show I have ever witnessed and as such it has to be 5 stars.

 Lionheart by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.36 | 201 ratings

Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars I was born in 1977 so I can't recall the impact that the first albums of la Bush made on the world of recorded music.

But I must say that her second full-lenght is way ahead of most music I know. It even rivals her debut. The songs have a certain urgency, the production is warmer and more coherent. The same musicians are deployed for this record (plus the talented Francis Monkman), and all of these musicians are accomplished progrockers, and one can definately hear that in the sublime album.

The songs seemingly flow into one another. So when playing this album, the first three songs already seem like an prog-epic. I can't understand why some people would rate this album so low.

Just listen to Wow, and one would immediately go Wow! Kate Bush is the un crowned queen of progressive art-pop, undeniably!

 The Kick Inside by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.94 | 290 ratings

The Kick Inside
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars Some albums are a blueprint to wich albums, I'd yet have to discover in the expanded and wonderful universe of recorded music, have to comply.

Night at the Opera (Queen), Mirage (Camel), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Octoberon (BJH), Planets (Eloy), Red (King Crimson) and Heads or Tales (Saga) are one of the many albums that were the starting point of my journey (regarding progressive music).

A Kick Inside and Hounds of Love are also albums, that have a huge influence on me. The music of Bush have always been in my life, but the young me (as teenager) could not really sit though entire albums. As a white male I wanted things to rock out. Kate Bush never really rocked. I guess that's why not a lof males will choose Kate Bush as favourite artist.

Now it's 2016 and sexism is a relic of the past. Also I'm almost 40 years old. Rock music has an irritating effect on me (most of the time). Enter Kate Bush. Guess I'm really ready to dive into her extensive oeuvre. I always rated this album 4 stars, but I changed it to 5 stars.

Because if there's such a thing as a quintessential art-pop album, than surely this one takes the cake. Maybe Bush is not as much progrock as some want it to be. But progressive it surely is, and arty and lyrically it's outstanding, esoteric and philosophical. Great stuff, indeed. By the way; James and Cold Gun rocks out real nice.

The musicians contributing to this records have played with Al Stewart, Camel, Alan Parsons Project etc., do an outstanding job. The piano-playing of Kate is awe-inspiring and of course her voice: one of the best and character-full voices ever to be recorded.

 Never For Ever by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.96 | 255 ratings

Never For Ever
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars NEVER FOR EVER is the third release by KATE BUSH and this is the album that began to expand her sound after the progressive piano ballads and occasional rockers that graced the first two albums. Here she hit the mark in many ways. This was her first #1 album in the UK and she was also the first British female solo artist to top the album chart and also this album entered the charts at #1. This is very much a transition album between the first two albums that were practically identical in sound and approach and the following two albums that would lead to some of the best albums the 80s had to offer.

The first noticeable difference between the previous albums and this one is the huge expansion of instrumentation, sounds and song structures. It seems that everything was expanded in the KATE BUSH universe but yet there is something oh so familiar that ties the rhythms and melodies to her origins. The romanticism has retained its core feel but expansion into other lyrical arenas such as nuclear war in "Breathing" also makes its way into this first 80s album.

I can't find one bad track on this one but "Violin" really stands out for me since it not only takes KATE's unique vocal style to a more acrobatic level but is one of the most rocking tracks she has performed on at this point in her career. A really catchy and brilliant track that just rocks my freakin' socks. Songs like "The Infant Kiss" definitely bring previous endeavors such as "Wuthering Heights" to mind, thus connecting this leap of innovation to the past offerings of this brilliant vocalist turned producer (her first effort as such.)

NEVER FOR EVER sees KATE BUSH evolving into the next phase of her career which is transitionally as pleasant as the first phase and the second. Equally embracing both sides of the equation, this is simply an album filled with the brilliant progressive pop melodies she created started with "The Kick Inside" and ratcheted up the interesting developments that would lead to her upcoming pinnacle of progressive pop paradise. As pianist, composer, vocalist and producer, she really struts her stuff on this one and gains the momentum to push her limits to unforeseeable heights.

Thanks to fishy for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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