CD review: The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2012
The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes
The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes

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THE HAUNTED MAN
Bat For Lashes
(EMI)

Natasha Khan's third outing proves to be an exceptionally crafted offering of urban arthouse paganism wrapped around some strangely captivating hooks - a synth-drenched Bacchic marriage of Kate Bush and Gotye while Florence Welch watches tearfully from the back of the sacred grove.

The beautiful sheen is polished by a coterie of cameos from the likes of Beck and Portishead's Adrian Utley and perfectly produced pianos, strings and choirs - but without detracting from the type of songwriting which has already won Khan an Ivor Novello award for Daniel.

This is female indie at its most gender-centric - and far more so than the two previous Bat For Lashes albums - but with enough all-round energy and oddity to captivate throughout all 11 tracks. Watch out for the inevitable dancefloor remixes.  

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