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Bat For Lashes – aka Natasha Khan – releases the highly-anticipated third album, The Haunted Man, on October 15, 2012.

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000RHRFUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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US pressing includes one exclusive bonus track, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'I'm on Fire'. 2007 major label re-issue of the debut album (originally released in 2006,) many of the tracks have been reworked on this new edition. Bat For Lashes is the creation of Natasha Khan, a Pakistan-born, Brighton based songwriter. Her concept for Fur And Gold was to make something that started at dusk and finished up in the glorious sunlight. That gives you an idea of what this ethereal, cinematic album sounds like. Natasha's soaring howls, whispers and joyous singing are the main focus here. As beguiling as Bjork, as stunning as Sinead O'Connor and as dramatic as Kate Bush, it is her voice that dominates. The often minimal backdrop of haunting strings, unusual percussive instruments and drum machines provides the perfect accompaniment. Mature gothic sounds for those willing to be whisked off to beautiful faraway lands.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Townsend on 18 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
We saw this girl and her mostly female band at Glastonbury, and were instantly mesmerised by her melodic voice and the band's members subtle use of the weird sounding instruments and great backing vocals.In addition,they were able to change around instruments between themselves, creating some brilliant music that was in total control all times, a wonderful sound that was different but somehow familiar.

We ordered the CD from Amazon, who were out stock, but it arrived two weeks before they said it would, have been playing it ever since,just magical.

Bob and Barb Townsend
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The War Baby on 7 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Awful name for a band but then people kept mentioning Bjork and Kate Bush in the same sentence as Natasha Khan's band of female musical mavericks, so I decided Bat For Lashes could be ignored no more. Why did I wait!
What made the early Kate Bush and Bjork records so special was their naivety and total lack of self-consciousness coupled with a wonderful, if off-kilter, pop sensibility. And it's that which Bat For Lashes have in spades.
While our two maturing heroines have become increasingly avant guard or insular, Khan remains fresh-faced, up-beat and in love with the melodic possibilities of a simple pop hook. And, hand on heart, there is not a song on the album that has me reaching for the track-skipping switch.
This is a fine record, perhaps the best I have heard in the past 12 months, that deserves a wide audience. We need pop mavericks (even if they do sing about wizards, bats etc) and Natasha Khan more than carries the torch. Great stuff.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By I. Lehnert on 14 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well, I dont know many albums that start with a harpsichord melody that sounds so simple that it may as well have come out of one of my childhood keyboards, but still retains a certain baroqueness about it. But here we are! Bat For Lashes is essentially Nataschka Khan's band, a gifted singer/songwriter who mixes a Bjork-like individuality with unusual instrumentation and graceful songwriting. The album relies mostly on piano/keyboard/violin melodies and Khan's direct yet soft vocals.

Listening to it, there doesnt seem to be a definitive song for this band, as each of the 11 tracks on offer here sound unique. That doesnt mean they're all winners; all of the songs can be praised for individuality but some for being unmemorable. This, in turn, makes haunting piano-led ballad 'Sad Eyes' stand out, aswell as opener 'Horse And I' with its impressive vocal melodies. Album highlight would be 'The Bat's Mouth', which slowly builds to a beautiful melodic pinnacle of optimism and ends with a lovely quiet ending, touching violin lines and all.

Unusual, varied, slightly moody but not depressing, individualistic and slightly poppy would be the best way to describe it. Whilst 'Fur And Gold' isnt a classic its got plenty of memorable moments on it, and it bodes well for Khan's career if she's making songs this good on her debut.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Cook on 7 May 2007
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I saw the end half of Bat for Lashes performing live last night and they were stunning. A female four-piece headed by the beautiful Natasha Khan with her intimate, original and mesmerizing vocals. The band played a series of strange instruments (one of

Natasha banged against the floor to create an echoey drum-like sound.

The gig was advertised very much as a solo artist with accompniments however they were much more of a complete band, they had a wonderful rythm between them with lovely harmonies and the stunning use of of merely clapping. Although I couldn't make it until the second half, it was clear to see they had completely captivated the audience very quickly. On the quieter numbers, the crowd wasn't making a sound at all until it came to the end where the room would errupt in cheers and emphatic clapping. When they fnished my friend said "Quick, let's go get a CD" but, listening to the roars and chants for an encore, I simply said "No, they're getting back on that stage." It may have taken several minutes, but we forced them back on and by the end people at the front were in tears.

I spoke to Natasha briefly after the gig and got her to sign my CD which, out of interest, has not left my player all day. This is a stunning and influential album with echoes of Bjork and Kate Bush, some of the tracks even reminding me of Arcade Fire. Special appraisals have to be noted for the hauntingly perfect, harmonious track 'Sarah' and also to the spectacular, beat-clapped 'Prescilla' and 'The Wizard'.

Certainly a wonderful break-through worthy of making an entry into any best of 2006 list. Euphonic and echoey, this album and this band are best described simply as: beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE on 14 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
When i first bought and played this album i knew it was good. I was just unsure whether i actualy liked it or not. Days after first listening however i was haunted by vocals, melodies and tunes that I had no recollection of hearing when i first played 'fur and gold'. On the second play i knew that i liked it. On the third i fell completeley in love with it.

Bats for lashes is essentialy the talent of Natasha Khan abely assisted by an eclectic array of musicians and, significantly, by uber talented producer, keybordist and programmer David Kosten (check out faultline 'Your love means everthing' and the Ben Christophers albums he produced to see the influence he has had on 'fur')

It is indeed very true that this album has shades of Kate Bush, Bjork and Portishead in it's mix ( i also think we should throw in Nico period velvets on 'I saw a light'-it's that John Cale viola!) but it is essentialy entirely Natasha's baby and it is inexplicably unique to her.

I have not heard an album for many a year where each track is so significantly different from it's predecessor but yet seamlesslesy works as a whole when heard in one sitting. All the tracks on this album are beautiful and all are haunting and memorable without being repetitive or simple constructions. You can revisit these tracks many times, as i have done, and their impact is always different. The impact of these songs does appear to be influnced by the listners own mood at the time.

Natasha Khan has real talent. I know 'Fur and Gold' has garnered critical praise since it's release. I just hope that it sells sufficent amounts to encourage it's creator to provide us with more of the gorgeous same.
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