9.20.2009

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Two Suns, Bat For Lashes :: *(5.0/5.0)
Two SunsI first heard of Bat For Lashes when someone posted the video for "What's A Girl To Do" on a messageboard I used to frequent. The video was brilliant, and the music was intriguing... Thought about getting the album on iTunes for a while, but being broke held me back, and I just settled for that song.

So when this new album came out this year, I knew I had to give it a listen...

I don't know if this is a bad rip, or if the sound on this album is really this dark. It sort of reminds me of the way some CDs sounded in the early 90's... Dark and crisp in their low-fi tone — the new technology no longer obscuring the imperfections that were accepted as a part of it all, at the time. So right away, there is a thread of nostalgia that this album pulls on for me.

The production sounds really Retro-Electric. Up-tempo on some songs — almost Dance-Pop — but then there are very minimalist, atmospheric pieces... And her voice is always delicate and pleading. Drawn-out phrasing that enchants your ears.

I really, really like this album, but I don't know if I could listen to it all the time... Feel like I need to be in a certain mood to turn this on.

I don't know what mood that is, but I want to be in it a lot...

Favorite Tracks: "Glass", "Sleep Alone", "Daniel", "Traveling Woman", and "Siren Song"...

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