Fur and Gold

Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2006 Ratings: #34 / 688
User Score
Based on 108 ratings
2006 Ratings: #78
September 11, 2006 / Release Date
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Echo / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Natasha Khan’s captivatingly cinematic debut album, Fur and Gold, is a soundscape of fantasy, bold imagery and the unexpected. From harpsichords to handclaps, the album’s arrangements suggest a soundtrack waiting to happen but one that could accompany dreams as well as films.

100
The Guardian
Bat for Lashes inhabit a magical kingdom you won't want to leave.
91
Entertainment Weekly

At 27, Khan hasn’t achieved the songwriting resonance of her enduring counterparts, but her presence is undeniably bewitching. From the ghostly, Spector-tinged harpsichord rhythms of ”What’s a Girl to Do?” to the haunting Gypsy jangle of ”Trophy,” Fur and Gold is, indeed, gold.

83
A.V. Club
While not as accomplished an arranger or as adept with memorable (albeit nonsensical) lyrics, Khan has a similarly haunting vocal quality that makes comparisons to Iceland's favorite export an inevitability.
80
Drowned in Sound
An entrancing, wonderfully surprising record which manages to feel both refreshing new and strangely timeless.
80
AllMusic

With Fur & Gold, Bat for Lashes -- aka Natasha Khan -- brings a fairytale quality and air of mystery to her music, performing a delicate balancing act between everyday emotions and the power of fantasy.

80
Slant Magazine

Khan’s music is both textured and lush, drawing on the tape loops and experimental electronics of Steve Reich as well as more obvious, quirky influences like Björk and Kate Bush.

70
PopMatters
Nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize, the Lashes' debut takes the phrase "RILY: Tori Amos, Bjork" and works it into something just short of magical.
70
No Ripcord

Fur and Gold is a triumphant debut, bold, creative, and unashamedly weird. Although the territory may be familiar and has been trodden by notable giants in the past, Bat for Lashes flits across the moonlit landscape in a distinctly modern fashion.

70
Prefix

Fur and Gold by Bat for Lashes, a.k.a. Natasha Khan, is one of those albums that you describe to friends as haunting and cavernous, mentioning that Khan’s voice is capable of the beautiful, otherworldly singing that earns endless comparisons to Bjork and Kate Bush.

65
Pitchfork
The expressive voice of Natasha Khan struggles to elevate this Brighton band's dramatic and goth-tinged debut above Ren Faire silliness.
lermontov
90
How could Pitchfork give such a low rating😡😡😡
wless
100
fur and gold is my favorite album of all time, and my first introduction into natasha khan's music, which i greatly enjoy. the best way i can describe it (other than a masterpiece) is a movie for your ears, since khan's vocals are stunning and melodramatic, her lyrics are insanely interesting, and her production is spot-on for the emotions she presents throughout the thing. each and every song is a perfect example of her ambition and skill, with none standing out in a negative way. everything ... read more
TheBravesDH
85
It's like a dreamy, atmospheric fairy tale that ends with a Springsteen cover for some reason. It's pretty great, but had yet to unlock her full potential.
CheapandLethal
90
Superb
lemuriams
55
Bat For LAshes worst album
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#10/Slant Magazine
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Track List

  1. Horse And I
  2. Trophy
  3. Tahiti
  4. What's A Girl To Do?
  5. Sad Eyes
  6. The Wizard
  7. Prescilla
  8. The Bat's Mouth
  9. Seal Jubilee
  10. Sarah
  11. I Saw A Light
  12. I'm On Fire
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