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The Bride *

Album: The Bride *
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Do
2)    Joe's Dream
3)    In God's House
4)    Honeymooning Alone
5)    Sunday Love
6)    Never Forgive the Angels
7)    Close Encounters
8)    Widow's Peak
9)    Land's End
10)    If I Knew
11)    I Will Love Again
12)    In Your Bed
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Performer Notes
  • Photographer: Neil Krug.
  • Examining femininity in all its personas is a major part of Bat for Lashes' music, and never more so than on The Bride. On Natasha Khan's fourth album, the titular character undergoes a more dramatic transformation than most brides do at their weddings: After her fiance is killed in a car accident en route to the wedding, she flees the church and goes on her honeymoon alone. It's a more single-minded concept than some of Bat for Lashes' other albums, and since Khan's music is as theatrical as it is vulnerable, it should be a perfect fit. However, The Bride's journey through romance, horror, grief, and healing is more subdued than might be expected. The album begins vividly: Bedecked in fluttering harps and some of Khan's loveliest vocals yet, "I Do" has all the showy nuptial romance of a petal-strewn aisle. It's so incredibly sweet that it feels like it's tempting fate, offering the perfect setup for the brewing terror on "In God's House," as well as the slow-building drama of "Joe's Dream" and the hallucinatory panic of "Honeymooning Alone," both of which give the death-obsessed pop of the '50s and '60s a highbrow update. To trace the arc from mourning to recovery on the album's second half, Khan relies on ballads that range from bitter ("Never Forgive the Angels") to empowering ("I Will Love Again," which sounds more like the kind of fare Adele or Christina Aguilera would sing). She gives the bride a surprisingly happy ending with "Clouds" and "In Your Bed," which finds the character wanting to stay in her lover's arms rather than go out on the town. Other highlights include more mystical songs like the witchy invocation of "Widow's Peak" and "Close Encounters," an eldritch lovers' meeting that recalls Wuthering Heights (both the book and the Kate Bush song). ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Honeymooning Alone' begins with a stark, syncopated bass highlighted with shimmering harp as she sings about how lost she feels."

Spin - "Throughout, Khan's voice takes center stage....She lets it slide seductively around woozy guitars, setting the stage like it's a spaghetti Western on 'Honeymooning Alone,' then again over throbbing bass and synths on 'Sunday Love'..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There is a single-minded intensity to the writing and the production which makes THE BRIDE a very strong proposition indeed."

NME (Magazine) - "Khan opens up this imaginary world with her voice, vaulting tragically high or turning feather-light for the album's serene resolution....Khan could probably take you anywhere and you'd still be enthralled."

Clash (magazine) - "THE BRIDE feels like a culmination of Natasha's many idiosyncrasies, blending decadent sexuality with heartrending emotion. Turns out this version is the most compelling version of Bat For Lashes to date."

Uncut (magazine) - "The record's standout is 'Close Encounters', a surreal folk song about a metaphysical interaction comprising just ghostly strings and Khan's reaching vocals."
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