The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2012 Ratings: #155 / 986
Year End Rank: #26
User Score
Based on 226 ratings
2012 Ratings: #73
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October 15, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Echo, Parlophone / Label
Art 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.

musicmagpie55
98
Where Two Suns engaged with lush arrangments, warm production, and traditional instrumentation, The Haunted Man is an icy synth masterpiece that feels like the perfect compliment to her previous album. The glorious worldbuilding that Kahn presented in earlier work is turned inward. Instead of thinking about duality in the world, Kahn considers the duality within herself. How do we inspire ourselves, how do we keep going when everything is difficult, and we feel lost? It is through these ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
71
I can't really tell how this is considered her best record. More of the usual which isn't exactly a bad thing in this case.
lermontov
100
«The Haunted Man» feels like a deep exploration into the human soul showing its vulnerable and honest side.
Natasha almost killed me with her first masterpieces, and with «The Haunted Man» she completely hit me on the spot.
she expanded her artistry by bringing her best tunes to this album and not being afraid to make more experimental, in some places more impudent and radical, and in others — more dramatic and soulful music.
TheBravesDH
92
It's astonishing that she was nearly able to top Two Suns, what I would have considered to be an unreachable pinnacle, but here we are. It's a bit more stripped-back instrumentally (still gorgeous), but offers Natasha showing off her most vulnerable and personal lyrics yet. Seem to be a lot of themes of the inner struggle of dealing with your ghosts.
TheRootBoy
72
Nice compositional stuff here. Good orchestration. The vocals and instrumentation are marvelous here too, but a little slow in most spots. If you give yourself the time, the sit down with Bat for Lashes' The Haunted Man is a good time.
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Track List

  1. Lilies
  2. All Your Gold
  3. Horses of the Sun
  4. Oh Yeah
  5. Laura
  6. Winter Fields
  7. The Haunted Man
  8. Marilyn
  9. A Wall
  10. Rest Your Head
  11. Deep Sea Diver 
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Added on: June 13, 2012