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the same question...
it has some stunnin bits in it like innit
I'd have to say 'no'.
She is a really amazing arranger and performer, but I don't think she's up to speed with strong songwriting yet, so I don't reckon this album will 'stick'.
I read in an interview that she's getting into classic songwriters (whatever that means), so if she does, I'd guess her second album will be much better
she seems like a marketing scheme to me
strikes me as entirely forced and gimmicky
she's definitely not a marketing scheme...but she does rely slightly too much on gimmickry for my tastes.
I really think she's gonna be a second album artiste
i guess her costumes and whole thing seemed like an act or ploy to get NME attention
suppose it's not fair of me
I'll go relisten
sometimes i don't see the problem with being a bit "gimmicky" anyway. I like bands who make an effort to be visually striking. Kate Bush did it (making this comparison since Bat For Lashes seems to be getting the Kate Bush comparison lots) and nobody moans about Kate's dancing/visually striking elements overshadowing the music.
And I also think it's well worth getting Fur And Gold.
hmmm...I agree, but Kate Bush has written some fucking good songs, so it was never an issue that her image might overshadow her music.
Bat for Lashes hasn't written any 'fucking good songs yet, on the evidence of this album...there are some that are okay-middling, but its a case of all the shazam, image and interesting arrangements being in place before the songwriting has been fully developed
but the Kick Inside (which I like a lot) isn't *that* amazing is it, nor is Lionheart. That is when I'd probably argue her image striking image is at its strongest, based on the really quite ridiculously lavish live shows...
I'm not really sure why I'm arguing this. I pretty much agree with you.
and not knowing a fuckin note of her music, the only assumption i can make is this...those that like Jeremy Warmsley will probably like it?
Bat for Lashes is darker and more otherworldly methinks.
but when it's all gimmick, low on talent
you can then tell it's more about the hype than the music