Two Suns

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Two Suns then is everything it could have been--a worthy follow up to Bat For Lashes’ Mercury nominated Fur & Gold... and so much more. Here and now, take a trip, you just may come out enchanted.
  3. A significant step forward from her debut, Two Suns is home to some of the year's most thrilling music so far.
  4. It’s the ultimate inner battle of good and evil, one that even the best of us wrestle with when making ourselves vulnerable to the entanglements and snares of love, and one that Khan has found her most confident and enthralling voice in yet.
  5. An easy (if slightly front-loaded) listen that Khan performs effortlessly.
  6. Khan’s sublime voice easily distracts from any lyrical ponderousness, and it lends even lines about “diamonds burning through rainbows” a dreamy sort of sense.
  7. This record is one made with the artist’s full investment, every ounce of heart and soul poured into it visible for all to see.
  8. Two Suns is a dense, intricate album that features at least six brilliant songs, two of which are pure pop gems.
  9. Khan is a fantastic package and a good, if not as maverick as some believe, songwriter. In a year when no one wants to sing about making a cup of tea, she's just the ticket.
  10. Welcome to the (haunted) house of fun.
  11. Two Suns is fantastic as well as fantastical.
  12. Two Suns is epic in scope and ambition and requires a similarly epic patience to unravel its charms.
  13. 80
    Two Suns doesn’t have to parade itself around as a concept album to prove that music has always been, and always should be, about telling a story, as Khan does here.
  14. Alternative Press
    80
    Psychedelic experimentalists Yeasayer add more beats than last time, but nothing that overpowers Khan's out-there mindset, stunning vocals and obvious talents. [May 2009, p.114]
  15. While her second album is frequently more drama than action, over the long haul, the magical world she creates is one worth being immersed it.
  16. Another unique and compelling album of mystical indie-rock with shimmering vocals, proving she not only has a voice to be reckoned with, but is a voice to be reckoned with.
  17. Q Magazine
    80
    Two Suns is an intoxicating, addictive album, a step on from "Fur And Gold" a leap into a galaxy of its very own. [May 2009, p.118]
  18. Under The Radar
    80
    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]
  19. 80
    Two Suns is the rare concept album that's better for the bedroom than for bong hits.
  20. The slightly pretentious concept, though, is balanced by the equally lavish music and specifically Khan's voice.
  21. 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.
  22. Two Suns rarely ventures into anything truly experimental; when it does, as in the maelstromic beat of 'Siren Song' or the Scott Walker cameo in album closer 'The Big Sleep,' it makes you curious as to what Khan could deliver if she weren't so committed to her "studenty" (in the UK sense) affectations.
  23. Suns is slightly less immediate, but the Brit's floaty vocals and pagan-princess themes still bewitch.
  24. Two Suns is nearly as graceful and poetic as Bat for Lashes' best work; it's just that the album's massive concepts and sounds require a little more time and patience to unravel to get to the songs' hearts.
  25. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Aug 11, 2011
    9
    Somewhere between Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, beautifully dark and introspective, dreamy, sometimes scary and way too risky, many steps furtherSomewhere between Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, beautifully dark and introspective, dreamy, sometimes scary and way too risky, many steps further from her debut . Two Suns has got to be one of the best albums of the decade. Full Review »
  2. 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,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... Full Review »
  3. Jul 1, 2015
    7
    Overall quite an impressive follow up to "Fur and Gold". "2 Suns" is in the same vein as the debut. The album impresses most during theOverall quite an impressive follow up to "Fur and Gold". "2 Suns" is in the same vein as the debut. The album impresses most during the opening third with captivating tracks such as "Glass", "Moon and Moon" and "Daniel". The rest of the album has plenty of other highlights and keeps the listener engaged. If push came to shove I'd have to say I prefer "Fur and Gold" but both albums are of high quality. Well worth checking out in tandem with her debut. Full Review »