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What's A Girl To Do?

6 April 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Mar 2010
  • Release Date: 29 Mar 2010
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2009 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 23:39
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  • ASIN: B001YJU7JK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,444 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
"When you love so long/That the thrill is gone/And your kisses at night/Are replaced with tears... Then I ask you now/what's a girl to do?"

Bat for Lashes' exquisite debut has many brilliant songs on it, but the most memorable of them has to be "What's A Girl To Do?". It's a haunting breakup song with a dark, swirling melody -- and this single contains a pair of extra songs on the end, one live and one remixed version of the title track.

Hollow kettle drums, and a rippling harpsichord set the dark mood, before Natasha Khan says wistfully, "We walked arm in arm/But I didn't feel his touch/A desire I'd first tried to hide/That tingling inside was gone." She describes how her lover asks her if she still loves him, but that her heart "grows colder with each day."

Then the melody whips itself into a hypnotic swirl of dark, sparkling pop. Khan alternates between spoken, mournful monologues about love that has died ("Over the times we've shared/It's all blackened out/And my bat lightning heart/Wants to fly away"), and hauntingly powerful vocals ("When you love so long/That the thrill is gone/And your kisses at night/Are replaced with tears").

As the drums echo hollowly and the harpsichord fades out, she sings sadly, "When your dreams are on/a train to trainwreck town/then I ask you now/what's a girl to do?" Musically it's such a simple song, but powerful in its dark prettiness.

It's followed by a remix of the above song, which frankly isn't that good -- the simple melody is smothered under club beats, rattling tambourines, and a bassline so low you can hardly hear it. But there is a gloriously haunting synth line that runs through the melody, which is more in tune with the original.
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Like a late sixties, Motown release. Natasha has great vocal performance. Great production. Recommended for Bat for Lashes fans. Spector, wall-of-sound influence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My bat-lightning heart 2 Feb 2008
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"When you love so long/That the thrill is gone/And your kisses at night/Are replaced with tears... Then I ask you now/what's a girl to do?"

Bat for Lashes' exquisite debut has many brilliant songs on it, but the most memorable of them has to be "What's A Girl To Do?". It's a haunting breakup song with a dark, swirling melody -- and this single contains a pair of extra songs on the end, one live and one remixed version of the title track.

Hollow kettle drums, and a rippling harpsichord set the dark mood, before Natasha Khan says wistfully, "We walked arm in arm/But I didn't feel his touch/A desire I'd first tried to hide/That tingling inside was gone." She describes how her lover asks her if she still loves him, but that her heart "grows colder with each day."

Then the melody whips itself into a hypnotic swirl of dark, sparkling pop. Khan alternates between spoken, mournful monologues about love that has died ("Over the times we've shared/It's all blackened out/And my bat lightning heart/Wants to fly away"), and hauntingly powerful vocals ("When you love so long/That the thrill is gone/And your kisses at night/Are replaced with tears").

As the drums echo hollowly and the harpsichord fades out, she sings sadly, "When your dreams are on/a train to trainwreck town/then I ask you now/what's a girl to do?" Musically it's such a simple song, but powerful in its dark prettiness.

It's followed by a remix of the above song, which frankly isn't that good -- the simple melody is smothered under club beats, rattling tambourines, and a bassline so low you can hardly hear it. But there is a gloriously haunting synth line that runs through the melody, which is more in tune with the original.

And finally there is a live version of "The Wizard," recorded in NYC's Jo's Public Theatre. And all I can say is that the song holds up well -- the solemn, fantastical air of the song is kept intact, and Natasha Khan sounds magnificent as she sings of "trembling midnight lands," burning arrows and a wizardly leader.

The songs included on here (well, except maybe the remix) are a reminder of why I've adored Bat For Lashes ever since I first heard "Fur and Gold." Natasha Khan really infuses her music with a sense of wonder, poignancy, magic and beauty, to the point where even basic breakup songs about love that has slowly died are absolutely breathtaking.

Khan isn't too shabby with the instrumentation, too -- the title track is a minimalistic swirl of that stately harpsichord and some hollow kettle drums. They set the mood perfectly. And the last song is led by a haunting swirl of guitar, drums, keyboard and a shaky tambourine, with waves of sweeping synth gently falling over it all at times.

Moreover, Khan has a knack with equally simple, powerful lyrics -- she can express sorrow and regret in a few lines, but also spin up a fantasy world in "Wizard" ("Wrestle your bones over mine/Into our moonless march come the wizard"). And her strong, sweet voice -- reminiscent of Feist or Imogen Heap -- is absolutely stunning. Even in the live performance, she only falters vocally once or twice.

While the remix is just acceptable, "What's A Girl To Do?" is a truly haunting, sorrowful breakup song with brilliantly simple lyrics and music, and the live performance just reaffirms this. A pretty, poignant single.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 30 May 2014
By Richard Staats - Published on Amazon.com
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The etherial sounds and hypnotic beats of this group make this a must own album for the goth and techno crowd.

I wish I had heard of the group years earlier.

The songs are great, including the title track, but I loved the music video that came with the songs.

"Laura" is my favorite Bat for Lashes song (not on this album), but all of these are great songs.
2 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Bought the album because a girl I've been in love with, called me on the phone crying to the song "What's a Girl to Do." 1 Mar 2008
By Andrew P. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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She told me the song had such relevance to her current state with her current boyfriend dynamics of many years. Curious to hear if this meant she was staying with her 'other,' or letting it wain. I bought the album for the song "What's a Girl to Do." The song is haunting with its beat and lyrics. Had it stuck in my head for a couple days. I could see the relevance many would identify. (the rest of the album I didn't really give a chance, the other songs weren't that punchy)

BTW if a girl is singing this song about the relationship you're in, and she's singing it about YOU, you're done, magic is long gone! Buying this album gave me the confirmation to wait it out a bit longer for her!
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