Review: The Bride by Bat for Lashes

The Bride by Bat for LashesOn her fourth album as Bat for Lashes, Natasha Khan embraces the art rock label (and, to an extent, the Kate Bush influences) even further. While she avoids calling The Bride as a concept album, there definitely is a narrative connecting all the songs on the record: here she sings as the titular bride, whose husband-to-be dies in a car accident on the way to their wedding. It sounds schmaltzy on paper, but instead she channels all the emotions that would come with it inward, resulting in an introspective, if not occasionally one-note, piece. It’s all downbeat and brooding – although Natasha’s voice still breaks out, in all the right places – and the result is a record that does not have obvious peaks, no guiding to where the happy ending is. That’s a good thing, by the way. Perhaps that’s what she’s trying to break out of: nowadays the idea of concept albums means the listener gets guided, a bit, down the path. There’s none of that here, and how the narrative goes, well, you take from it what you can. [NB]4/5

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