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Fur & Gold

Bat for LashesAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Bat For Lashes is the work of British singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan. Born in 1979, yet combining influences that span decades, Natasha’s work dwells in the elemental, emerging in timeless forms.

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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000RHRFUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relax,,, Settle in,,, And get ready to be mesmorized 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A banquet for the shadows December 21, 2007
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth batting your lashes for December 11, 2006
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars bring on the nerd rock. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars this might be your thing
I like it. I don't love it. After hearing "What's a Girl To Do?" I was expecting something with a little more retro and bluesy feel and this is definitely more along the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angela M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fur and Gold
AS for the few albums I have as I have left my ratings upon others I am very satisfied and would urge others to participate in the sales of Bat for Lashes
Published 3 months ago by Billy Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
This album has a wonderful eerie and lush sound. I hate to keep using the same word to describe Natasha Khan's albums, but I'll have to do so again here: this is a very haunting,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
Bat for Lashes is one of my all time favorites! This album will whisk you away to a fantasy world! You're going to LOVE it!
Published 7 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you for being born
if Thanks Giving is more than just some commercial holiday bullshit, you will be Pocohantas. you are the most perfect "flower" i've every seen with my eyes, heard with my ears,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stephen
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong music dragged down by horribly infantile lyrics
FUR AND GOLD was the debut album of English musician Natasha Khan, working under the pseudonym Bat for Lashes. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful listening experience
Fur & Gold is a sheer pleasure to listen to from start to finish. I first heard What's A Girl to Do on a friend's compilation CD and I was hooked. Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful & dreamy
Lovely voice, dreamy and introspective yet great road-trip tunes too!

Initially I liked the newer album better though (two suns). Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by J. Jooste
4.0 out of 5 stars Fur And Gold
Bat for Lashes is a fantastic artist/band. It's difficult to draw comparisons of other artists. I would say that her live stuff is much better (check out Daniel on Later with... Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by Griffith D. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new faves
had only listened to a few songs online, decided to go ahead and buy & so glad i did. it's surreal and dreamy, i love it. some fit so well.
Published on February 18, 2010 by J. Ehlers
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