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Look at Natasha Khan, with her Cleopatra shawl and elfish hair, on the cover of Fur and Gold, and you'll surely have this half-Pakistani, half-English songstress pegged as the first British riposte to the U.S. freak-folk movement that's thrown up figures like Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, and Cocorosie. In some ways, that's an accurate comparison: Bat for Lashes has a way with mystique, one which elevates even quite simple topics-–the break-up tale of "What's a Girl to Do?"-–into grand achievements of ghostly trauma: "My bat-lightning heart," she whispers, "wants to fly away." Dig a little deeper, though, because the music to be found on Fur and Gold has a more complex provenance. "Horse and I," a harpsichord-led track embellished with theremin and a militaristic drum motif, is the sort of vintage-modern soundscape reminiscent of Björk at her most restrained, while elsewhere the dramatic tale-telling of "Prescilla" and "Bat's Mouth" suggest Bat for Lashes might yet develop into a songwriter of the poetic calibre of Kate Bush. The debut album from Bat for Lashes is a haunting, richly orchestrated work that, for all its experimentation and intelligence, is emotional and deeply moving. --Louis Pattison

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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000RHRFUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bat for Lashes is the one-woman band of Natasha Khan, a UK singer song-writer of Pakistani origin. If you aren't familiar with her sound, imagine Bjork meets Joanna Newsom meets Kate Bush with a splash of Dido even. I'm not entirely sure where I found out about this, it's either my 17 yr old daughter or internet-only station WOXY, but no matter, you are in for a delight.

"Fur and Gold" (11 tracks, plus 1 bonus track; 49 min.) is the debut album of Bat for Lashes. The opener "Horse and I" is a harpsichord-and-drums driven song, setting the table. "Trophy" is a quiet but threatening song with the ever-returning line "Heaven is a feeling I get in your arms", just beautiful. "What's A Girl To Do" (2nd UK single) is one of the more 'upbeat' tracks on the album. "Sad Eyes" is a beautiful piano ballad. "Prescilla" (1st UK single) is the most immediately accessible track of the album. "Bat's Mouth" is another slow-burner, with lush violins. It all leads up to the last track of the regular album, a 7 min. haunting "I Saw a Light". The bonus track is a (single B-side) cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire", and a textbook example of how a cover should be done: completely reinterpreted yet recognisible, just perfect.

This album was originally released in the UK a year ago and is now, slowly, finding an audience in the US. Natasha Khan is a talent to be watched. I have been completely mesmorized by "Fur and Gold". This is not an album you'll play in a hurry. Relax, settle in, and play this. I bet you'll be mesmorized too.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Imagine walking through a forest flooded by golden light, full of mystery and magic, and the sorrow of things that are fading away.

That's sort of the atmosphere of "Fur and Gold," the debut album by Bat For Lashes. The Brighton band -- really a one-woman band for Natasha Khan -- churns out a stream of shimmering, dark, fantastical chamberpop that sounds like the halfway point between Feist and Joanna Newsom.

It opens with the dreamlike "Horse and I," with its throbs of harpsichord and marching military drums (a Jeanne D'Arc influence?). "Got woken in the night/by a mystic golden light/My head soaked in river water," Khan murmurs, sounding both desperate and sleepy. "The smell of redwood giants/A banquet for the shadows/Horse and I, we're dancers in the dark/Came upon the headdress/It was gilded, dark and golden..."

It rises into a desperate plea, as "The children sang/I was so afraid I took it to my head and prayed/They sang to me, "This is yours to wear/You're the chosen one, there's no turning back." The song swells and falls, with Khan murmurs painfully, "There is no turning back/there is no turn..."

Khan does try out some more conventional songs, like the "What's A Girl To Do," a dramatic lament about a fizzled-out affair. But even then, she includes some unique phrases ("And my bat lightning heart/Wants to fly away"). And then there's "Sad Eyes," a painfully loving post-breakup song ("Keep my love as light as a feather").

Then she regains some of that more magical sound, with songs about powerful wizards, black snow, beautiful wild girls who die or grow up, centaurs, haunted forests. It finishes with the exquisite "I Saw A Light," a piano ballad that briefly swells up into a musical storm....
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. J. M. Mcdonald on December 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Great name for a band, so how is this debut album? In fact, Bat for Lashes is not really a band at all, but a one woman force of nature, accompanied by a number of other musicians.

Singer, writer and artist, Natasha Khan is certainly the lady who can. She has been compared to performers such as Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor and Bjork. If these comparisons have any value at all, it may be because there is, for sure, something ethereal and otherworldly about Ms. Khan's sound and lyrics. A review on the 'band's' website said that this music could be the soundtrack for a Tim Burton film, and that seems to encapsulate the essence of the Bat for Lashes experience. At times, this music even recalls medieval chamber music. One could easily imagine this music being played at Harry Potter's debut dance in the Hogwarts' great hall.

This is a thoughtful, sensitive, highly original recording which only improves with repeated listening, and which doesn't contain a bad track. So even if you are not a Kate Bush or Sinead O'Connor fan and even if you are scared of things that go bump in the night, there is nothing to be afraid of here. On the contrary, it is really quite magical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ana Barbus on September 26, 2007
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That's right - nerd rock. Anything dropping lords, ladies and wizards into its lyrics this much deserves such a classification. That being said - I love it. The arrangements are original, incorporating harpsichord and strings into unique, lush sounds. I could do without the spoken word internal dialogue-style stuff on "What's a Girl to Do?" (think Hermione from Harry Potter grown up and lamenting her fickle heart). She also seems to have what some might call an unnatural obsession with bats, mentioning them in nearly every song. But it works somehow - joining the lords and ladies and wizards for a thematic, dramatic good time.
I adore "Prescilla," and having grown up on Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," Bat for Lashes' cover of "I'm on Fire" makes me so very happy.
If you like Feist, Cat Power (especially Moon Pix and the Covers Record) and New Buffalo, you should check this girl out.
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