Fur and Gold

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Fur and Gold
Bat for Lashes - Fur and Gold.png
Studio album by
Released11 September 2006 (2006-09-11)
Recorded2006
GenreFolktronica[1]
Length46:47
LabelEcho
Producer
Bat for Lashes chronology
Fur and Gold
(2006)
Two Suns
(2009)
Singles from Fur and Gold
  1. "The Wizard"
    Released: 8 May 2006[2]
  2. "Trophy"
    Released: 30 October 2006[3]
  3. "Prescilla"
    Released: 12 March 2007[4]
  4. "What's a Girl to Do?"
    Released: 9 July 2007[5]

Fur and Gold is the debut studio album by English singer Bat for Lashes. It was released on 11 September 2006 by The Echo Label. It was met with critical acclaim and received a nomination for the 2007 Mercury Prize. In 2007, the album was re-released through Parlophone. Fur and Gold spawned 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-inch vinyl with a remix featuring Scroobius Pip and Plaid. As of April 2009, Fur and Gold had sold 27,000 copies in United States.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
The A.V. ClubB+[9]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[10]
The Guardian5/5 stars[11]
The Independent4/5 stars[12]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[13]
Pitchfork6.5/10[14]
PopMatters7/10[15]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[16]
URB3.5/5 stars[17]

Fur and Gold received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81, based on 15 reviews.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Natasha Khan, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
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]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Fur and Gold.[20]

Musicians

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 130
Scottish Albums (OCC)[22] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 48

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label Ref.
United Kingdom 11 September 2006 Standard The Echo Label [25]
France 2 July 2007 EMI [26]
United Kingdom 16 July 2007 Reissue Parlophone [27]
Australia 27 July 2007 Standard
  • Spunk
  • She Bear
[28]
United States 31 July 2007 [18]
Germany 2 November 2007 EMI [29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ferguson, Jason (23 October 2012). "Bat For Lashes: The Haunted Man". Paste. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Bat for Lashes – The Wizard (7")". Discogs. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Bat for Lashes – Trophy (7")". Discogs. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Release "Prescilla" by Bat for Lashes". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Release "What's a Girl to Do?" by Bat for Lashes". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  6. ^ Smirke, Richard (11 April 2009). "Bat Out Of Hell". Billboard. Vol. 121 no. 14. p. 32. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Reviews for Fur & Gold by Bat For Lashes". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. "Fur and Gold – Bat for Lashes". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  9. ^ O'Neal, Sean (31 July 2007). "Bat For Lashes: Fur And Gold". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  10. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (10 August 2007). "Fur and Gold". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  11. ^ Clarke, Betty (8 September 2006). "Bat For Lashes, Fur and Gold". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  12. ^ Gill, Andy (8 September 2006). "Album: Bat for Lashes". The Independent. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  13. ^ Cromelin, Richard (29 July 2007). "Druid rock. Cool. So what's next?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  14. ^ LeMay, Matt (8 February 2007). "Bat For Lashes: Fur & Gold". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  15. ^ Sawdey, Evan (13 September 2007). "Bat For Lashes: Fur and Gold". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  16. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2007). "Bat for Lashes: Fur and Gold". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  17. ^ Hawkins, Si (13 July 2007). "Bat for Lashes :: Fur and Gold". URB. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Fur & Gold: Bat for Lashes". Amazon (US). Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Fur and Gold by Bat for Lashes". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  20. ^ Fur and Gold (liner notes). Bat for Lashes. The Echo Label. 2006. ECHCD 72.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold". British Phonographic Industry. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Fur and Gold in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "Fur and Gold: Bat For Lashes". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  26. ^ "Fur and gold – Bat for Lashes" (in French). Fnac. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  27. ^ "Bat For Lashes: Two Suns". HMV. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  28. ^ "Fur & Gold – Bat For Lashes". JB Hi-Fi. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  29. ^ "Bat for Lashes // Fur And Gold" (in German). EMI Music Germany. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.

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