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Two Suns [Digi-Pack] [CD]

Bat for Lashes Audio CD
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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 (6 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001RQ0SJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Glass
2. Sleep Alone
3. Moon and Moon
4. Daniel
5. Peace Of Mind
6. Siren Song
7. Pearl's Dream
8. Good Love
9. Two Planets
10. Travelling Woman
11. The Big Sleep

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Love, and the loss of love, consumes every second of Two Suns, the second album from Brighton-based Natasha Khan’s Bat For Lashes. But if you’re looking for anything as prosaic as a straightforward love song, you won’t find it here: Two Suns is every bit as heady, dramatic and fanciful as its predecessor Fur And Gold, its narratives of romance and heartbreak elevated into tales of knights in crystal armour, sailors lost at sea, and planets held in orbit; rich with imagery, and with sonic ambition to match. Kate Bush remains the obvious antecedent: Khan’s melodramatic vocals are a close ringer, and even relatively sparse moments like "Moon And Moon" are presented with grand, baroque arrangements of piano and strings, rich with detail. But such quasi-medieval textures are balanced out by neat excursions into electronic pop, best experienced on "Pearl’s Dream", noir-ish disco swathed in icy synthesisers. Finally, there’s an unexpected cameo on "The Big Sleep", a gothic epilogue that sees Scott Walker duet with Khan in his high, operatic quaver. A big step forwards from Bat For Lashes’ debut, and a suggestion of good things to come. ––Louis Pattison

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding evolution, a real grower 4 April 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is now available on Last FM at the moment and I urge you to go there and listen to it. To my mind, its a clear evolution from Fur and Gold - the primitive, tribal influences are still there, but the sound is more dancey, more electronic - it feels very early 1980s synth. However, whilst this early Eurythmics / Depeche Mode synth sounds seems to be all the rage, the lyrics are outstanding as ever from Natasha Khan, and, above all, the album seems to be permeated by a very zen, calm, perhaps even isolated, feeling. I understand from hearing and reading interviews about Two Suns that a lot of it was produced as Bat for Lashes travelled around on tour, and whereas Fur and Gold seemed to conjure up mental images of knights and maidens and Camelot, this album has a strong feeling about the mid West USA about it - National Parks, Canyons, wild nature.

In short - its as beautiful and haunting as you would expect from this wonderful artist. I urge you to catch her on tour - I was fortunate to see her at the secret show at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea recently and it was a tour de force. 10/10!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To be made of glass 13 April 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's like climbing a long velvet rope sewn with golden charms and jewels. That description sums up the experience of listening to Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan), even in her lesser songs. And fortunately "Two Suns" doesn't really have any lesser songs -- just a steady stream of painfully exquisite, crystalline pop that focus on the feeling of love that's gone.

"In the street's broadways I seek... him whom my soul loveth," she sings softly in the introductory song, before switching to a mix of tribal drums and wafting keyboard. .

After that, she spreads out into a string of love songs -- in fact, this entire album is pretty heavy on those. Most are bittersweet descriptions of an affair falling apart ("I drove past true love once, in a dream/Like a house that caught fire, it burned and flamed"), but there are some beautifully idealistic moments as well.

Along the way, Khan dabbles in some stompy synthy dance, a hymnlike freak-folk ballad backed by a choir, and the warmly off-kilter "Traveling Woman," and a finale that evokes old wooden stages, toy pianos and an old theatre being shut down ("No more spotlights/coming down from heaven... and already my voice is fading/goodbye, my dears/and into the big city...").

Fortunately she doesn't abandon her signature sound, which is that of an old fantasy story mutating into a beautiful, slightly wicked dream -- swirling pop, haunting piano ballads, the soaring and unnerving echoes of "Siren" and its synth-studded companion "Pearl's Song," ethereal melodies swathed in shimmering keyboard, and the exotic sweet danciness of "Two Planets." But the absolute peak of the whole thing has to be "Daniel," an catchily effervescent ode to a man with a "flame in his heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I came across Bat For Lashes when I went to see the Radiohead gig at London on the summer of 2008, and boy was I in for a surprise. After the gig, I started listening to the, by-then only album Fur and Gold. From tip to toe it was absolutely beautiful. Her lyrics are very deep and her voice is something of a kind. I imediately fell in love and now that I can afford it I bought both of her albums.

By the way, when I first listened to Two Suns I was kind of disappointed, but then I took my time and listened it a couple more times. It's great. And I believe Travelling Woman can be my favourite song of them all, although it's really hard to pick one. It's one (two!!) of those albums where you like each and every song. And that doesn't happen very often. For me, that I can remember right now, it only happens with... Radiohead!!

Plus, the DVD on the special edition is really a plus. Natasha is a very sweet girl, and you really understand more of her songs if you listen to her explanations. By the end of the DVD you really see the big picture. It was very nice, because sometimes we listen to an album and we don't go beyond the 11 or 12 songs, and there's so much more behind that. The DVD really is a glimpse into the creative mind of the artist.

Absolutely 5 star!

Oh, and once again, amazon service proved flawless!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Progression 17 April 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let us get Kate Bush out of the way. Yes, Natasha Khan is a bit of an oddball and is prone to the occasional squeak or Tori Amos-like dalliance. However, neither of these girls served up an epic slice of druid pop-rock on a bed of Cure-d bass lines (`Glass'). 30 seconds in and she's off, whispering about `knights in shining armour' across dreamscapes of timeless but modern atmospherics. Her voice drifts across the bridge between the Cocteau Twins and sanity like an incoming mist.

However, it's not all good news. `Moon And Moon' is an unchallenging, if pretty, ballad. `Peace Of Mind' is harmonised banality that falls short of PJ Harvey. Elsewhere there is an over reliance on synthesised beats to induce and implore radio play. That said, it has worked a treat. `Daniel' is deceptively simple and wildly attainable because of it, despite whiffing of Fleetwood Mac. Her package is wrapped in a thin, but credible, alternative veil.

It's not all pop though. The back end of the album contorts into an introspective shuffle, far away from the heady, click-clack beats of earlier tracks. `The Big Sleep' even welcomes Scott Walker as operatic accompaniment for a poignant lament more in line with Antony Hegarty's `Daylight & The Sun' than with shimmering, pop-princess ambition.

Khan has grown in ambition with Two Suns. It is more adventurous and more polished. `Fur And Gold' was intriguing but not all it could be, Two Suns is a giant leap towards fulfilling her potential and an impressive achievement. However, like Björk, she should continue to evolve and shake off any shackles of expectation. We, the listener, should demand those next steps with urgency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
I heard one of their songs (Daniel I think) on the radio and loved the sound of her voice and the unusualness of the songs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sunny
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE, An Amazon miss sold product.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS NOT A SPECIAL EDITION(it just has a cardboard sleeve). IT DOES NOT INCLUDE EXTRA TRACKS OR A DVD YOU JUST PAY EXTRA FOR THE SLEEVE! Read more
Published 12 months ago by fenge
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Sun
I really like Bat for lashes her music is very unique. I'd have to say The Hunted Man is her best work yet so if you haven't already purchased the album put it in your shopping... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ZMM
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice album - Bad Vinyl
Natasha Kahn is one of those artist that you can't get enough of.
Two suns is a great album, with tracks like "Sleep Alone" and "Daniel" that is upbeat with... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cool album
Love Bats For Lashes and personally think this delivers asking as the rest. A good mix of songs yet still keeping to the quirky style I love! Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
Evocative, full of feeling, the music is superb almost Gothic at times. This group really are musicians and stand out from the crowd, The best song is Daniel,
Published 16 months ago by Mr. A. Coffey
5.0 out of 5 stars best album of the three
could listen to this album over and over again. love her breathly voice teamed with the electronic background music is purfect. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative gold
A surprisingly accessible album released in 2009, Natasha Khan's quirky approach to pop music is a breath of fresh air, and sets her up as one to watch as her career develops. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
I love Natasha's second album as much as the first. Her voice is extraordinary and the music is haunting and mysterious. Highly recommended.
Published 20 months ago by Ola
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Bought this based on persistent advertising. Songs sound great in 'video-clip' format, but are intensely dull. I like her voice, but the overall thing is very dull.
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