Get set for an emotional roller coaster ride with Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes.
The English singer-songwriter’s fourth studio album is a concept album based on the story of a woman whose fiance died in a crash while on his way to their wedding. Hence the album title The Bride.
Khan takes on this persona of The Bride and sings her way through the loss. The album opens with I Do, a lovely delicate two-minute steel guitar number of a hopeful bride anticipating to say her eternal vows.
This is followed by an omen in the hauntingly brilliant slow-moving Joe’s Dream. Khan’s airy voice intensifies the heartache in the song when she pleads “I’m falling in love/Don’t say goodbye”.
In Honeymooning Alone, The Bride attempts to move on, but the lyrics reveal her fragile state of mind: “And your empty seat by my side/If I drive far enough will I find my love?”
After what feels like one monotonously forlorn track too many, Khan shows a different side in Never Forgive The Angels. The lyrics are furious (“Nightmares come and they don’t go”) and this is probably where The Bride is at her anger stage in the ever-famous Five Stages Of Grief. The beat gets louder and longer as Khan’s voice echoes through the song.
The rest of the album will go on to tell listeners that The Bride eventually becomes hopeful again as evident in songs like I Will Love Again and Clouds.
The Bride is best enjoyed with headphones on to fully grasp the ethereal beats and painful longing in Khan’s voice.
This is also a beautiful album for those looking for an unforgettable sad love story within the songs.
Bat For Lashes