Bat For Lashes
Fur and Gold


5.0
classic

Review

by Francis Jones USER (32 Reviews)
September 4th, 2007 | 19 replies | 8,173 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rising above all of the sound is Natasha Kahn's astounding vocals, a gentle, slightly breathy voice, which carries the beautiful melodies of most of the music. Throughout the record her voice soars to dizzying heights, and comes right back down to catchy

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

How many records have made you cry?

The sound of Fur and Gold is very organic, which is refreshing these days, since most pop music tends to sound rather clinical, which rehashed, rushed and unappealing synth tracks. Every once in a while however, pop transcends and reinvents itself, while the pepsi generation nod and spend their way through life, true artists create something truly fresh, and truly moving. There is a wide range of instruments at play on this record, the harp, strings, Hammond Organ, horns. Far from the staple guitars and drums, or two turntables which account for most modern music. The strings and the instrumentals are recorded organically as well, there are no computer generated strings and horns, and no pro tools. I believe it is because of this, they have proven themselves a strong live presence. They are all true musicians, not jingle merchants.

Rising above all of the sound is Natasha Kahn's astounding vocals, a gentle, slightly breathy voice, which carries the beautiful melodies of most of the music. Throughout the record her voice soars to dizzying heights, and comes right back down to catchy choruses and spoken verses, all at once captivating and keeping attention.

When I first heard the single ''What’s a girl to do?'' I was completely taken aback. It brought a completely new understanding of what had happened to me in a relationship, of which the break up lead to me having a nervous breakdown which I am still recovering from almost a year later. This song did not sum up my own feelings about what had happened, this opened a whole new perspective of what she really felt about me. I'm glad I was at home because it brought me, very quickly, to gentle tears.

Hearing the record however was even more devastating, because it carries on the story, and is her writing about someone she left behind. This, to me, is the centrepiece of the record, which is luckily also seeped in mystical escapist themes, which didn't let me dwell on my feelings for too long. As soon as the record finished, I phoned my best friend and told her about it.

The themes of this record are very ranged, from the aforementioned break up song, there are also songs inspired by English folklore, reminiscent of the tales of King Arthur. Seeped in the beauty of the British countryside. Other songs consider relationships, usually the song titles take their name from the subject of the song. The final track, the incredibly dark and sparse dream tale of ''I Saw a Light'' tells of two lovers committing ritual suicide, in a very haunting fashion, and a strong end to a consistent record.

I must admit that I know very little about English folk music, but this record has made me very interested. All I knew before this was traditional songs friends at school could play and the wicker man soundtrack. Although I think this is much more of an alternative experimental record than a folk record, the rich colours of the folk influences really make this record stand out in my collection.

This is definitely the record which deserves to win the mercury music award (which is on the radio in less than an hour) despite not being as popular with the public as other nominated artists such as Amy Winehouse, and The Arctic Monkeys.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2007



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just checked it out... her vocals sound like a cross between Sharon from Within Temptation and Bjork... and in case there's any confusion, I mean that in a good way. I may have to buy this album too...

Good review too... it convinced me to check it out at least

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smokersdieyounger
September 4th 2007



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, thats what positive reviews should do in my mind.

The Bjork influence is very prominent, I also think they are like a gentler Cat Power.

Fort23
September 5th 2007



2474 Comments


Nice review this looks cool.

samthebassman
October 27th 2007



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a brilliant and very beautiful album...

chris21
January 24th 2008



159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such a great album i bought this the other day and i cannot stop listening to it. Natasha Khan really planned out the tracks that she put on Fur and Gold and it's just amazing.

astrel
June 9th 2008



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A pretty well-made album all around, but this band just bores the hell out of me.

jrowa001
June 9th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album. i dont know why i didnt notice a review for it.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
February 9th 2009



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is gorgeous. Like, wow.

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jrowa001
February 18th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

does anybody know where i can get BFL's upcoming album Two Suns? all the links ive found are dead

fireaboveicebelow
April 17th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty cool, interesting beginning

RevengeSoldier
May 20th 2009



295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i fucking approve of this album

Ubicuo
August 29th 2009



56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Natasha Khan is my girl

fireaboveicebelow
August 29th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck you

brandnewAAAA
October 7th 2010



259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rating seems a little too fanboy-ish, but great album nonetheless.

Dunpeal
January 30th 2014



3595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes

Chrisjon89
January 30th 2014



3362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i remember seeing the video for What's A Girl To Do? on MTV or something similar and being like wow. Daniel came out not long after and that was even better. gotta jam her albums again soon

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Dunpeal
January 30th 2014



3595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

surprised this is still only one page. i thought sputdik would go hypebeast for this sort of thing

Chrisjon89
January 30th 2014



3362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think a bit more buzz for Two Suns and then a so so reception for The Haunted Man. but yeah not enough love

Dunpeal
January 30th 2014



3595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still haven't got to haunted man



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