Fur and Gold

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Fur and Gold
Studio album by Bat for Lashes
Released 11 September 2006 (2006-09-11)
Recorded 2006
Genre Dream pop, ethereal wave, neofolk, baroque pop, folktronica
Length 46:47
Label Echo, Parlophone, Manimal Vinyl
Producer Natasha Khan, David Kosten
Bat for Lashes chronology
Fur and Gold
(2006)
Two Suns
(2009)
Singles from Fur and Gold
  1. "The Wizard"
    Released: 8 May 2006[1]
  2. "Trophy"
    Released: 30 October 2006[2]
  3. "Prescilla"
    Released: 12 March 2007[3]
  4. "What's a Girl to Do?"
    Released: 9 July 2007[4]

Fur and Gold is the debut album by English recording artist Bat for Lashes, released on 11 September 2006 by The Echo Label. It was released to critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize. In 2007, the album was re-released through Parlophone. Fur and Gold contains the singles "The Wizard", "Trophy", "Prescilla", and "What's a Girl to Do?" In 2008, "What's a Girl to Do?" was re-released as a 12" with a remix featuring Scroobius Pip and Plaid.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club B+[7]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[8]
Entertainment Weekly A−[9]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[11]
musicOMH 5/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[13]
PopMatters 7/10[14]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[15]

Fur and Gold was generally well received by critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Natasha Khan, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Horse and I"   3:04
2. "Trophy"   4:00
3. "Tahiti"   3:38
4. "What's a Girl to Do?"   2:58
5. "Sad Eyes"   4:16
6. "The Wizard"   4:17
7. "Prescilla"   3:34
8. "Bat's Mouth"   4:25
9. "Seal Jubilee"   4:44
10. "Sarah"   3:56
11. "I Saw a Light"   6:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Natasha Khan – vocals, keyboards (1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10); producer, string arrangements (all tracks); percussion (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10); drums (2, 4, 6); piano (3, 5–9, 11); Hammond organ (5); harmonium (6); autoharp (7); guitar, vibraphone (9); sounds (11); artwork
  • Tim Byford – drums (1, 4, 10, 11)
  • Ben Christophers – bass, guitar (4, 6, 10)
  • Abi Fry – viola (1, 3, 8–11); string arrangements (all tracks)
  • Mary Funnell – violin (8); string arrangements (all tracks)
  • Mikee Goodman – vocal sea sounds (9)
  • Howard Gott – violin (1, 2, 8)
  • Tim Hutton – trombone, trumpet (10)
  • David Kosten – producer, engineer, mixing, additional keyboards, additional programming (all tracks); special foot taps (8); keyboards (9)
  • Will Lemon – spoken word (11)
  • Anna McInerney – violin (8); string arrangements (all tracks)
  • Peter Moyse – band photography
  • Josh T. Pearson – backing vocals (2, 9); guitar (2, 11); intro (11)
  • Emma Ramsdale – harp (1, 4)
  • Rachael T. Sell – backing vocals (10)
  • Sophie Sirota – violin (1, 2, 8)
  • Caroline Weeks – autoharp (3); backing vocals (3, 6, 8); guitar (6–8)
  • Tim Young – mastering

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United Kingdom[21] 11 September 2006 The Echo Label
France[22] 2 July 2007 EMI
United Kingdom[23] 16 July 2007 Parlophone
Australia[24] 27 July 2007 Spunk Records, She Bear Records
United States[16] 31 July 2007 Caroline Records, Manimal Vinyl
Germany[25] 2 November 2007 EMI

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bat for Lashes – Trophy (7")". Discogs. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
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  4. ^ "Release "What's a Girl to Do?" by Bat for Lashes". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
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  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Fur and Gold – Bat for Lashes". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  7. ^ O'Neal, Sean (31 July 2007). "Bat For Lashes: Fur And Gold". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  8. ^ holliy (13 September 2006). "Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 September 2007. 
  9. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (10 August 2007). "Fur and Gold – Bat for Lashes". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Clarke, Betty (8 September 2006). "Bat For Lashes, Fur and Gold". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  11. ^ Cromelin, Richard (29 July 2007). "Druid rock. Cool. So what's next?". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Hubbard, Michael. "Bat For Lashes – Fur And Gold (Echo)". musicOMH. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  13. ^ LeMay, Matt (8 February 2007). "Bat For Lashes: Fur & Gold". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  14. ^ Sawdey, Evan (13 September 2007). "Bat For Lashes: Fur and Gold". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2007). "Bat for Lashes: Fur and Gold". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Fur and Gold by Bat for Lashes". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bat For Lashes – Fur And Gold" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bat For Lashes – Fur And Gold". Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold". British Phonographic Industry. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014.  Enter Fur and Gold in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
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  22. ^ "Fur and gold : Bat for Lashes" (in French). Fnac. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  23. ^ "Bat For Lashes: Two Suns". HMV. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Fur & Gold – Bat For Lashes". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  25. ^ "BAT FOR LASHES // Fur And Gold" (in German). EMI Music Germany. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 

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