The album works best as a song cycle rather than a collection of pop hooks.
“Bitter Rivals” is appropriately playful and in-your-face—basically everything we’ve come to expect from the band.
Despite its flaws, The Haunted Man is still a worthy, often gorgeous entry in the Bat for Lashes canon.
An even softer version of the intimate “Daniel,” “Laura” could be the song that wins Bat for Lashes the audience she deserves.
She wailed with an astonishing clarity throughout songs like “Glass” and “Pearl’s Dream.”