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The Haunted Man

Bat for Lashes Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Bat For Lashes – aka Natasha Khan – releases the highly-anticipated third album, The Haunted Man, on October 15, 2012.

“Subtle, heartfelt and profoundly moving” The Independent
“Feelings of mortality abound, making it her own take on Scott Walker’s ‘Big Louise’, with a suggestion of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’” ... Read more in Amazon's Bat for Lashes Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B008AU7F3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lilies
2. All Your Gold
3. Horses of the Sun
4. Oh Yeah
5. Laura
6. Winter Fields
7. The Haunted Man
8. Marilyn
9. A Wall
10. Rest Your Head
11. Deep Sea Diver

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The third album by Bat For Lashes--the moniker for singer-songwriter Natasha Khan--is titled The Haunted Man. It features the singles "Laura" and "All Your Gold". Speaking about the album, Khan said: "I really wanted to strip things back in honour of women like Patti Smith; just these raw, honest women. I had no make-up on, it's just me and my haunted man!"

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Third studio album by the Mercury Prize-nominated singer/songwriter. The album has been positively received by critics and includes the singles 'Laura' and 'All Your Gold'.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The fancy dress costumes have been put away, and the haunting claustrophobia of Natasha Khan's previous albums Fur and Gold and Two Suns have been traded in for a sound that is cinematic in scope and mature in outlook.

Haunted Man opens with 'Lillies', a song that draws from the same conceptual well as Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain. Khan's ethereal voice hovers above disjointed electronic beats and warm synths that seem to swoop from the sparseness and fragility of the verse to a lush chorus of exquisitely detailed instrumentation.

'All Your Gold' and 'Horses of the Sun' are both songs whose foundation is in percussive rhythms rather than melodic patterns. All Your Gold takes its lead from Egyptian cadence, with its plucked guitar notes and clinking bottles emulating the sense of intense urgency you would find in some of PJ Harvey's bluesier numbers. Horses in the Sun is built around deep syncopated Dhol drums, electronic jitters and backing vocals delivered in an Arabic magam. There is an uneasy and restless quality to this song that harkens back, at least conceptually, to some of the stranger tracks on Fur and Gold.

'Oh Yeah' takes a leaf out of M83's playbook with its epic electronic soundscape dripping with layers of sampled choirs, trip-hop beats and gorgeous twinkling pianos. What is striking about this song is how crisp the production is: with a sound so echoic and vast, it's remarkable that the individual instruments don't get washed away in torrents of reverb.

'Laura' sounds like every angsty-girl-with-a-piano ballad that one could care to hear and seems somewhat at odds with the rest of the songs on the album.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting and addictive 15 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Essentially, the third Bat for Lashes album is a lot like the second, only more so. "Haunting" is a key word that describes the addictive effect of the sounds used to underline Natasha's ethereal vocals. We get a different texture in each song, for instance plucked and muted strings in the first single All your gold, resonating drums in the next track, then bowed string bass in another, or warbling synths or xylophones. These accompaniments are often ostinato, i.e. obstinately repeated for much of the song, but as they have a different kind of sound in each song, they still offer interesting diversity, and often manage to sound mysterious, pulling the listener in by making them curious.

So, well, if you've played Two Suns a hundred times (I have), you may enjoy this even more.

(Oh, and I just love the cover photo to bits. Sadly, the booklet doesn't reveal what happened next - surely she can't have carried that bloke around forever?)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Simply The Best Album Of The Year 25 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
At different times, this is a soaring, subtle, beautiful and powerful album. It is utterly compelling. The production is so sympathetic that to listen to it with a low volume is a completely different experience to hearing it loud.

It is an ALBUM and to sit with it from beginning to end provides a real journey for the listener.

Bat For Lashes has outgrown any comparison to artists past.

Bushims are there if you really want to look for them, but Kate pretty much did it all between 1978 and 1989. Her impeccable work is forever going to be a benchmark for a certain type of female artist... just as The Beatles have been for nearly all bands, The Rolling Stones are for a certain kind of rock band, Bob Dylan for protest singers or singer/songwriters, Black Sabbath are for metal bands, Elton John is for piano playing solo artist, and so on.

The trick is to take what inspires you and rise above it, and take it further. Bat For Lashes has done this. Glorious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding third album 20 Oct 2012
By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Bat For Lashes since the debut album 'Fur and Gold.' Here we are now on the third outing for Natasha Khan and I am happy that her journey of self-disovery continues apace.

The lyrics are more meaningful, heartfelt and deep whilst the music is more multi-layered and richer.

I am happy to say that I say Bat For Lashes live and Natasha's voice is simply amazing, despite the layers of music threatening to overwhelm the vocals she can really blast out the notes.

For the first time in a Bat For Lashes album there is an included lyric sheet which to me is essential, her lyrics are very poetic and are worthy of reading and absorbing.

What attracts to me to Bat For Lashes, apart from the standout lyrics, singing and music is the fact that Natasha Khan is a person of dignity, she attracts fans through her formidable talent, she does not need to be 'papped' falling out of a taxi or lying drunk in a gutter.

A woman of rare integrity in these celebrity obsessed times and a band of unparalleled skill and depth who are worth watching.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cover 1 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
At first I thought the sleeve of this CD was in very poor taste.

However upon closer inspection I began to see the fanny side
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It's high timing for another Bat For Lashes album after three long years - the storytelling lure of Khan's "Two Suns" had started to wear off, and "The Haunted Man" definitely continues on a high note, cajoling as many as 5 different soundsets as 'genre' contradistinctions together in one track, so they form a clean rhythmic sheet: something Natasha always muses in. Journalists may finally start to see Khan as a female artist with her own musical identity, with her own sense of storytelling as a promising entry on the End Of Year 2012 list. Blending her Pakistani ethnic roots into and beyond the trite Kate Bush comparisons, she does more than "running up hills"; rather, you're "running too slow" by the time communication and splendour of this album is over. Piano ballad "Laura" is the real tearjerker, a song of heartbreak where the listener is left to fill in the gaps regarding the pain. That filling-in-gaps is a befitting phrase for what I'll call "occultasms" - the expulsion of emotion at times you don't even have to hear to place. Haunting indeed, and the best Bat For Lashes album, by far, to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars megga lashes
Really love their music and her sureal voice. I personally would recommend their style. Late at night, cannot sleep its great.
Published 1 month ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must for all real music fans, she continues to astound me.
The first 2 records are firm favourites but this surpasses them both, a third album showing real talent at the highest level. Buy it, listen and love it, no need to say any more.
Published 2 months ago by Trevorpeter
3.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical
Not as warm and organic as Two Suns, beats a bit too mechanical and cold. Nothing that swept me away like Two Suns did, so a bit of a disappointment.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find - What an Album
Amazing I heard of Bat for Lashes ages ago and thought (erroneously) they were an indie guitr band!! How wrong I was
Published 4 months ago by nick gummerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and ... haunting!
This album is typical Bat for Lashes style (and standard) - a great addition to collection if you are a fan
Published 5 months ago by Jude Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Converted
Having heard some of their new stuff on the radio and being impressed, I bought this album. Not disappointed at all. Great from beginning to end.
Published 6 months ago by Helen
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know her songs but this is good
Liked this. Much like alot of the other girls singers about, but the lyrics were quite unique and more thought out.
Published 7 months ago by Paul Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
This was my first Bat for lashes album after watching several videos and liking the material I was sadly disappointed this wasn't better. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark Doveston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great music, but needs to be listened to several times to really appreciate it and let it grow on you.
Published 9 months ago by bnpbaku
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted Man
It is a concept album. There is a general theme of healing. Stand out track is: Laura. A good album for people who enjoy Kate Bush. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Llewellyn
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