The Haunted Man
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2012 Rank: #111 / 929
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
October 15, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Echo, Parlophone / Label
Dan Carey, Rob Ellis, Natasha Khan, David Kosten / Producer
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
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

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

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

84
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 Haunted Man showcases some of her best work, but only in places. 

80
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

67
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

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.

Nov 9, 2016
Felindie
70
Fav Tracks: All Your Gold, Laura
Jul 7, 2016
Raincoat
78
The ambitious, lavish soundscape of "Two Suns" has been completely stripped bare — in its wake lies a near-barren space in which Khan's distinct voice reigns among icy synths and muted instruments. "The Haunted Man" takes a very different musical approach to Khan's previous albums, but the results are just as bold and beautiful, sometimes (in the case of the golden ballad "Laura") even more so.

Highlight: "Laura"
Nov 20, 2014
Tom Simmons
82
Fav Tracks: Deep Sea Diver, Lilies, All Your Gold, Laura, The Haunted Man
Jun 4, 2013
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
Mar 26, 2013
DefSky
77
" Your heart broke when the party died " Bat For Lashes


Added on: June 13, 2012