Never For Ever (studio album) by Kate Bush

Never For Ever
Never For Ever by Kate Bush
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 1,249th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 267 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1980 (31st)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (199th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,249th)
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Kate Bush bestography

Never For Ever is ranked 6th best out of 16 albums by Kate Bush on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Kate Bush is Hounds Of Love which is ranked number 81 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,422.

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 267 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.3/100, a mean average of 76.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.1.

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75/100
From 07/31/2020 22:53
Glad I listened to this one. Maybe it's not as solid as TKI or as amazing as TD or HOL, but this is still a very enjoyable album full of beautiful moments and great songs.
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From 11/21/2018 10:36
Another very worthwhile album from Kate Bush, the best of the first three. Army Dreamers and Babooshka are great tracks, but for me the highlight is Breathing, one of my favourite tracks.
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90/100
From 11/20/2018 04:07
The whimsy of her first two albums collides with the avaunt guard of the next two and it is just beautiful. Diverse and interesting.
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80/100
From 11/08/2018 10:12
This is definitely my favorite Kate Bush album, so I was surprised to find it so low. The words “too effiminate” for a moment made me lose all faith in humankind; will there ever be a day where feminine will not mean childish or dumb or... you know the drill. And the dislikes are nice, but I see everyone saying the same thing with their ratings and charts.
But still, I don’t really get why this one is so low; it’s certainly not more feminine than her last two albums. The reason for the albums that followed to be liked by people on this site seems clear, since people here seem to have an indie fetish, and Kate apparently became more and more independent in the course of the ‘80s. I feel like this album is a bit in the middle of that process, which is why I like it so much: the production isn’t as sparse as on the following two albums and the vocals aren’t as clean as on the preceding two albums. This is Kate Bush at her weirdest and at her Kate Bush-est.
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80/100
From 02/14/2018 23:54
Her first six albums are all great! I enjoy them all, though this one doesn’t make my top 3.
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90/100
From 07/29/2017 20:46
I grew up near the forrest. I was still a kid when listening to this album, overwhelmed, confused also a bit annoyed sometimes, it seemed to be an echo of a world of the past and and outlook into something new. But you know, most important: I grew up near the forrest.
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From 11/14/2016 18:56
A consistently great pop album full of Kate Bush's idiosyncrasies and lush melodies which marks a big step-up from its rushed predecessor "Lionheart".
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75/100
From 06/09/2016 16:13
Kate Bush's third studio album is a definite improvement on, lionheart, but it's still a slightly awkward record. Kate is getting nearer to the peaks of, the dreaming, and, the hounds of love, and though this is a much fuller album than it's predecessor, she's not quite there yet. Still, some magic moments here, especially on, babooshka, the wedding list, the infant kiss, and, army dreamers. A good LP then, but the best was yet to come.
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85/100
From 08/30/2014 15:52
Not her best album but not that bad. Breathing and The Wedding List are my personal favourites. I also like the first 2 tracks, but I usually skip Violin and Egypt.
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