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Bat For Lashes

The Haunted Man

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October 23, 2012

Natasha Khan's sexiest, spookiest LP starts with its cover: the naked singer shouldering a crumpled, naked man. The emotional metaphor seems familiar to her. "From inside his mouth, I lick the scars," she murmurs on "A Wall," amid shivering synths. On the title track, a male choir reps for a dude "scorched" by a kiss, before an orchestral march and Khan's Joan of Arc vocals send him packing. On "Laura" and "Marilyn," the girls are no less damaged. There are cameos by Dave Sitek and Beck. But the visions here seem all her own. And they're pretty awesome.

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