Lost Girls

Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #291 / 625
User Score
Based on 275 ratings
2019 Ratings: #256
September 6, 2019 / Release Date
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Synthpop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Line of Best Fit
Bat For Lashes transcends nostalgia on Lost Girls to make an entirely modern masterpiece.
80
musicOMH

Lost Girls is hardly uncharted territory, yet Khan manages to embolden it with her canny narrative, some truly beautiful sonic touches and her trademark gorgeous harmonies.

80
Dork
Each track, enriched by their theatrical tendencies, ensures Khan keeps steering the album in the desired direction, strengthened by its abundance of melodies and storyline. 'Lost Girls' slots into the ongoing resurgence of 80s culture and does well to capture the zeitgeist of the decade.
80
Exclaim!
An unflinching honesty permeates the album: Khan channels anxieties over loving too strongly on "Safe Tonight," while "Mountains" finds comfort in reflection.
80
The Skinny
Whatever Khan has seen out there, this a record that makes you glad she brought a little slice of it back for the rest of us.
80
NME
Here, on her most consistent work to date, she’s still dramatic, seductive and theatrical, but fully cut loose. This is Khan’s own heroic moment.
80
The Guardian
It’s plain to hear that this music was born out of sheer pleasure: its propulsive rhythms and zig-zagging, ostentatious synth melodies are the stuff of fist-pumping high-school movies.
80
The Independent

Musically, Lost Girls couldn’t be more Eighties if it were playing a Commodore 64 while eating Angel Delight.

80
AllMusic
As she celebrates the renewal of disappearing into a new identity or the freedom of getting lost in the moment, her visions feel more vivid, and more real, than they have in some time.
76
Sputnikmusic

The best thing about this affair is that it makes good use of the ‘80s sound palette, while adding a nice, modern twist to it.

75
Spectrum Culture

In crafting these vignettes, Khan seeks to make Lost Girls into a far more cinematic record than anything she’s ever attempted before.

72
Pitchfork
It’s a vivid world, although less singular or startling than Khan’s previous creations; these touchstones have become so deeply embedded in the cultural fabric that they offer the same comforting glow as an episode of “Stranger Things” rather than the shock of the new.
70
Paste

As a whole, there’s a loose sort of freedom to Lost Girls, as if Khan was able to summon the atmosphere and mystery that so often suffuse her music without sweating over it as much as usual.

70
Clash
Despite being heavily influenced by the 80’s, ‘Lost Girls’ has a timeless feel and is sonically pleasing.
70
Rolling Stone

On Lost Girls, she has come into her own. Her world is burning and she’s willing to go up in flames right along with it.

70
DIY

Natasha’s first real pop effort since ‘Fur and Gold’ is an impressively lean and infectiously hook-laden romp; doomy disco for dark times.

70
God Is in the TV

The new album is a giddy throwback for those who grew up in the 80s decade and proves that once again Natasha Khan is a genius at creating concept albums with unparalleled storytelling.

70
No Ripcord

Even if Lost Girls often sounds like scrapped ideas taken from a larger project, Khan doesn't go too deep into nostalgia—still working firmly within a pop framework.

60
The Observer

Inspired by a wider 80s film nostalgia, these narrative songs conjure intimate, urgent dialogue and the eruption of the supernatural into the everyday.

55
The 405
It is an album devoid of originality from an artist who should be reaching for the stars instead of looking back into the murky past for inspiration.
MasterCrackfox
77
An album absolutely oozing in 80s synth influence that others have pointed out for obvious reasons. This causes the album to lack in a certain level of originality but does land in the realm of execution.

Khan has a dreamy quality to her voice, one that I've largely missed out on up to this point. Her voice meshes well with the 80s vibe, feeling straight from a past era but still having the quality production and sounds that make this sound fresh to a degree, although again not entirely new. ... read more
WildChameleon
68
After the Bride, it wasn't a surprise to see a full synth album. Lost girls is a pure 80's synth album with a modern production, something that is pretty common recently (Hatchie for example). As it's kinda trendy these years, the risk is to be redundant.

To describe lost girls, I will just say don't judge a LP by its singles because here they are extremely basic.

Kids in the dark is your typical love song from the 80's. There is any layer of details, just some basic synth and basic lyrics. ... read more
Plats
85
"Lost Girls" is a beautifully-produced 80's throwback with great writing and Natasha Khan's great vocals. It's not entirely original for a modern synthpop album, but the quality of the songs manage to make up for it.

Fav Tracks: Feel For You, Mountains, Jasmine, Peach Sky, Kids In The Dark, Safe Tonight

Least Fav Track: Vampires (love that sax tho)

Score:
8.5
Exceptional
matteo
75
I accidentally deleted my review :(
musicmagpie55
78
Natasha Khan, one of the best songwriters working today, released an album with incredible songs that don't fully produce a complete image. Khan poses a fascinating question of how someone outside of a specific culture can utilize similar materials to challenge the dominant assumptions of that culture. For me, this album finds Khan's typical Kate Bush theatrics blending with a sincere homage to John Carpenter films of the 1980s. Carpenter is a master at producing terror through crashing synths, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Kids In the Dark
  2. The Hunger
  3. Feel For You
  4. Desert Man
  5. Jasmine
  6. Vampires
  7. So Good
  8. Safe Tonight
  9. Peach Sky
  10. Mountains
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