25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bat For Lashes' most fully-realised album to date
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...
Published 17 months ago by J. L. Cronshaw
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting cover art, real shame the music isn't quite as stimulating ...
Music critics can be so demanding. Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes has already released two outstanding albums, some of the best singles in years and a slew of innovative music videos and yet the congescenti all claim she's still got something to prove on her third full length "The Haunted Man". Fortunately Natasha doesn't seem like the sort of person who reads a lot of...
Published 17 months ago by Kenneth
Most Helpful First | Newest First
4.0 out of 5 stars Still on Glastonbury Form,
I came to Bat for Lashes unexpectedly through a TV teletext play of her early Glastonbury set and shortly afterwards saw her on the Mercury award show for her first album. I immediately fell for the haunting melodies and fantasy tales - reminiscent of a young Kate Bush mixed with a slice of Yes or early Genesis! The new album is clearly from the same stable and she has continued the winning formula with another enjoyable addition to her catalogue.
4.0 out of 5 stars bought as a present,
...for my husband, who loves it. I like it. not sure the band is for me, but I was pleasantly surprised - they were very good!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cover,
Brought this for the cover alone!!! Hence 5 stars, good album but maybe not there best and more the same Bat for Lashes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Samey,
If this was the first Bats For Lashes CD I'd heard, I'd probably have liked it more, but it wasn't and I found it just more of the same. Actually, I don't think it's anywhere near as good as Two Suns or Fur and Gold.
So, a downhill trend, I'm afraid. Slightly disappointed with Fur and Gold, very disappointed with Haunted Man.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted Man,
This album is fantastic! I am delighted with it and "Laura" has to be one of the best singles of 2012.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Natasha, well done.,
Hi, I'm not going to bother with a detailed review of something as subjective as music. I will say this though. Natasha's voice, her rhythmic timing, orchestration, and finally, her lyrics. Come together so beautifully, they make me cry and want to dance. Truly superb. This is my album of the year!
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?,
This album didn't hit me as immediately as Two Suns did, but after several careful listens, something magical started to happen - I became absolutely enchanted with it. Each song is its own journey - immersive soundscapes again demonstrating Natasha's penchant for telling stories in her music, her lyrics maybe not quite as striking as her last album, but still with a poetic, fairytale-esque flourish. Every single track has grown on me immensely. There are some amazing songs here, including the heartbreaking lead single Laura, Lilies, Marilyn, A Wall, the Haunted Man, A Wall, Oh Yeah, All Your Gold...in fact the only track I find a little forgettable is Horses of the Sun, and it's still rather good.
Buy it, immerse yourself in it, exercise a little patience and allow it to unfold like a dream taking shape in your unconscious. Bat For Lashes is one of the most talented, unique and consistently brilliant artists out there. Enjoy :)
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing,
simply amazing, best album to date,different from the last two albums,obviously put her heart in to it as took two and a half years to make ,it was worth the wait, thanks natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one!,
This review is from: The Haunted Man (MP3 Download)
From Fur and Gold I was addicted. Two Suns was good but this album is stripped back and brilliant! Some really catch tunes with some haunting ones too. Lyrically, I can tell that she has progressed from her first two albums.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just doesn't click,
Having listened to Bat For Lashes' previous two albums and having been very impressed by her debut and less impressed by her follow-up it wasn't going to be easy to predict exactly where this one was going to go. The album starts out well, a strong offering with "Lillies" infused with the level of energy and passion at which Natasha Khan operates best but also containing a strong hook and a lulling rhythmic base-line. The lyrics don't penetrate though, at least they haven't on the first few listens, this is a problem with almost all the tracks on the album in fact. The lyrics consistently lack incision and spark. The second track plods musically but is partly redeemed via its concept of a woman who has been damaged by previous negative experiences, in terms of a lyrical concept it's the only track which stands out. After the second track the rest of the album is nonessential, background music with the sole exception of Laura. Laura is the only song containing any sense of yearning or immediacy and it stands out amidst the mediocrity.
Natasha Khan made a fantastic album with Fur and Gold but following that she's struggled to make an impression. She still produces the odd song which shows what could be, or what was, but on the whole this album just doesn't add up to much of anything. It's too cerebral, it feels forced somehow. There just isn't the originality or energy which characterised her initial offering. It ultimately washes away without making its mark, it's very similar to her second effort in that respect.
Most Helpful First | Newest First