36. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

36. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man (2012)

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

Who is/are Bat for Lashes?

To Instagram! (@batforlashes); “smarturl.it/BFL.IIK.store”.

Says it all…

Why did you buy this album?

By the time this album came out, I’d say I was a fan of Bat for Lashes, so when the first single, ‘Laura‘, came out, I went and pre-ordered the album.

What’s it like?

Compared to her first two album (reviewed here, and here), ‘The Haunted Man‘ is a more stripped back affair, losing much of the sonic clutter of ‘Two Suns‘, whilst maintaining her unique sound.

There are still elements of her influences to be heard, but this is not necessarily a bad thing…

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

Less so than I did the first time I heard it, but it’s still really good. Losing the busy arrangements of ‘Two Suns‘ certainly helps the songs on this album, and the whole thing holds together really well.

Any stand-out tracks?

Lead single ‘Laura‘ is great. It could easily have been an over-wrought, string-heavy, X-Factor-esque ballad, but is kept from that by a sparse arrangement and an understated, yet impressive, vocal performance.

Other tracks of note are ‘Lilies‘ and the title track, ‘The Haunted Man‘, especially once the bass kicks in around the 3:00 minute mark…

Rating out of 10?

8/10.

Next up: Bat For Lashes – The Bride

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