Bat For Lashes – Two Suns

April 15, 2009

batforlashes_twosunsWith her striking second album, Two Suns, Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan) puts her own gloss on musical territory mined by the likes of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel, Bjork and P.J. Harvey. The result is eclectic, high gloss electropop, with some world music flourishes as well as nods to 80’s synthpop and 90’s trip hop. While most of Two Suns is alluring and often quite arresting and beautiful, there are a couple of tracks that could have used some fleshing out, “Peace Of Mind” and “The Big Sleep” in particular, which start out in promising ways but end too soon. In general, however, the commitment to relative brevity (none of the songs crack the five minute mark, and most of them hover around four minutes) works in the album’s favor, as Khan has crafted the best of the material here into densely packed, shimmering little gems. Standout cuts: “Glass,” “Daniel,” “Siren Song” and “Two Planets.”


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