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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

23. Bat for Lashes, The Haunted Man

Label: Parlophone
Released: October 12

Natasha Khan called Radiohead's Thom Yorke long before writing this album, and asked, "What do you do when you feel like you're going to die because you can't write anything?" He told her to draw which led Khan, or Bat For Lashes, to take a life-drawing and a children's illustration course. Soon enough, she was able to write The Haunted Man, her third album. Her take on dream-pop and folk stories culminated into one of the best albums of the year.

Maybe it's the cover art but Khan's ability to strip herself of everything and formulate raw, emotional tracks like "Winter Fields" and "Laura" make you doubt that she had writer's block in the first place. Khan is able to take listeners away to a nostalgic, hopeful place filled with orchestral beauty and enchanting lyrics. -Lauren Nostro

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