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.