Review: Bat for Lashes at the O2 Academy
Bat for Lashes were the latest act to perform at one of Leicester's premiere music venues last night.
The band brought their world tour to the O2 Academy and are now one of a long list of top music acts to play there.
This month alone has seen Newton Faulkner, Parma Violets and Marina and The Diamonds play the small and intimate venue, situated in the grounds of Leicester University.
Last night's crowd took in a performance of the haunting and powerful vocals of Natasha Khan and Bat for Lashes.
With the launch of their third album earlier in the month, The Haunted Man, the band received a mixed response from an initially enthusiastic audience.
Khan struck a sophisticated pose in a black dress and short bob hair-cut, a notable change from the bohemian headdresses she has become famous for.
However, her highly anticipated appearance received a mixed response that ended with a less than enthusiastic audience ready to leave before the set had even finished.
"What's a Girl To Do" went down well as did the more up-beat tracks from the new album, however half-way through the audience were waining.
Vocally Khan can't be faulted but one couldn't help feeling something was missing both lyrically and musically.
The most stand-out track of the new album "Laura", which was co-written with Justin Parker of Lana Del Rey's Video Games, was outstanding.
Sadly, by this point the crowd had heard enough.
No sooner than Khan had taken a bow people were making their way to the door.
Bat for Lashes and Khan's distinctive voice and style, which has more than once been compared to the likes of Kate Bush, showed moments of brilliance.
Sadly there was something distinctly lacking from a band that promises so much more.