Two Suns - Bat for Lashes
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  • Summary: The second album for the singer was produced by David Kosten and features guest appearances by Yeasayer and Scott Walker.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Dark, but never needlessly so, Two Suns offers a rich, distinct world of subterranean lullabies, spacey timbres, and ghostly beauty.
  2. An easy (if slightly front-loaded) listen that Khan performs effortlessly.
  3. Two Suns is a dense, intricate album that features at least six brilliant songs, two of which are pure pop gems.
  4. Two Suns is another pitch-black dream world, with Khan's production touches helping paint her enchanting pictures. Color me enchanted. [Spring 2009, p.64]
  5. Anyways, ignore the write-ups (uh, except this one), which won’t be able to help quoting all the spiritual mumbo jumbo about dualism, and enjoy what seems, to me, unstated genre practice at play on a very large stage.
  6. Pounding on pianos, cranking out delicate little click-clack beats and shivering through choruses with an ultraromantic soprano, Khan proves she's a powerhouse under her billowy sleeves.
  7. No question this is meant to be a haunting mood piece, and her gorgeous voice--somewhere between Björk and Tori Amos, to name the obvious referents--makes up in some part for what's lacking in dynamics and compelling hooks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 16, 2011
    10
    I had listened a few songs in 2009, but this style not had convinced me, later of a time i listened the whole album and I was really amazed, this album is really surprising, deeper and submerges you in a different world, Natasha has conquered my heart with odd melodies of dream pop, a complex environment which marks a truly infighting, musically wonderful, one of the finest albums I've listened... Expand
  2. ChrisR
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    Beautiful.
  3. ChrisJ
    Aug 17, 2009
    10
    Probably the most personal album I've ever heard. It almost feels, at times, as if we're intruding on her private thoughts. Utterly wonderful. Expand
  4. CarlB
    May 18, 2009
    9
    Stunning.
  5. CaseyR.
    Jun 16, 2009
    9
    Listening to this record is like listening to a who's who of female alternative rock legends such as Kate Bush/Tori Amos, Goldfrapp, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Cat Power, Beth Gibbons, Beth Orton, Feist and Liz Frazier all thrown into this eclectic mix of creativity. It should be a shoe in to win this years Mercury Prize. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    8
    Two Suns, the second album by Bat for Lashes, was recorded with a special guest. I am not talking about Scott Walker who duets with Natasha Khan on The Big Sleep to close the Mercury Music Prize nominated LP. Let the girl speak for herself, though: My name is Pearl / And I love you the best way I know how / My blonde curls / Slice through your heart / When the sirens come calling / It wonâ Expand
  7. EricC
    Jul 7, 2009
    5
    It's incredibly dissapointing to wade through all that intriguingly dark and brooding atmosphere and find nothing there. The songs feel empty. She was aiming for some kind of haunting 80s-esque effect but forgot to write engaging music. Sure, it's an okay album to chill out to. But she is way too talented to settle for a chill out record. This is the result of worrying more about the concept of you music than the music itself. Expand

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