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Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #92 / 658
USER SCORE
81
Based on
87 ratings

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91
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

While it’s hard to tell if Khan’s gentle coo heard throughout is meant to seduce or frighten away, one thing is certain: The Haunted Man is another near masterpiece.

87
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

If Khan’s last two albums were tapestries, this one is a prayer book, adorned with pictures of the exalted, stained with tears, and almost too personal for the eyes of strangers to look upon.

85
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

Stripped down of any excessive ornamentation, it's the most raw incarnation of Bat For Lashes we've heard yet.

84
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

Spacious, boldly orchestrated, and emotionally rich, Khan's latest is another step forward for the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, and one of the year's most beguiling albums.

80
The 405
The 405

The Haunted Man showcases some of her best work, but only in places. 

80
NME
NME

For large swathes, it's like being plunged into a fairytale soundtracked by skin-prickling electro and populated by downtrodden sods hunting for breadcrumbs of comfort.

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

It’s safe to say that Natasha Khan has once again managed to craft an album that ticks all the boxes, while also showing a maturity and evolution from her Mercury nominated sophomore album.

80
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

The Haunted Man may not reveal a drastic stylistic shift, but the subtle difference is a nonetheless compelling documentation of the process of metamorphosis. 

80
PopMatters
PopMatters

The Haunted Man is all about Khan letting her guard down, which you can hear in the yearning pitch of her voice and the bleeding-heart themes of her songs.

80
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

There’s an undeniable beauty running throughout the album, but there is also such a comfortable departure from the form of the first two records that it might be too easy for Khan.

70
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

This effort is laudable, but she sounds best when pushing the envelope. A lively talent like hers shouldn’t be so concealed.

70
FACT Magazine
FACT Magazine

For the most part this is a composed, nourishing pop album.

67
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

The downside to The Haunted Man being so meticulous is that its songs often feel detached, as though Khan is performing rather than inhabiting the deeply emotional music. 

60
Paste
Paste

While there are moments of exhilarating experimentalism and occasional bits of grasp-the-sky beauty, the overwhelming majority of The Haunted Man is just drab.

User Reviews
82
Fav Tracks: Deep Sea Diver, Lilies, All Your Gold, Laura, The Haunted Man

simpsonIan
88
Spellbinding and unexpected, THE HAUNTED MAN doesn't so much brave a new path for Bat For Lashes as much as it confirms Khan's tremendous and formidable range and versatility. The material here, mostly paired-down compared to the lush arrangements of her prior two albums, is both playfully sensual ("All Your Gold") and deeply cathartic and moving ("Laura"). Confirms the singer/songwriter as one of the most reliable creators of consistently great, distinctly offbeat ... read more

DefSky
77
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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 15, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Parlophone/EMI
GENRE: Indie Pop
WEBSITE: www.batforlashes.com
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# 44 - AllMusic
# 35 - Beats Per Minute
# 19 - Consequence of Sound
# 10 - DIY
# 40 - FACT Magazine
# 40 - musicOMH
# 34 - NME
# 35 - No Ripcord
# 35 - Pazz and Jop
# 17 - Pitchfork
# 33 - PopMatters
# 30 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - Slant
# 6 - SPIN
# 44 - Stereogum
# 26 - The Fly
# 21 - The Guardian
# 42 - The Line of Best Fit
# 74 - Uncut
# 4 - Under the Radar
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Added on: June 13, 2012