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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001Y8DK9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kriegspiel
2. Hard Times
3. Oblivion
4. The Bachelor
5. Damaris
6. Thickets
7. Count Of Casualty
8. Who Will?
9. Vulture
10. Blackdown
11. The Sun Is Often Out
12. Theseus
13. Battle
14. The Messenger

Editorial Reviews

2009 release, the fourth studio album by the beloved English singer/songwriter. Originally titled The Battle, Wolf enlists the help of noise terrorist Alec Empire, actress Tilda Swinton as well as Eliza Carthy and Matthew Herbert to create a magical and individual album. An intelligent, versatile and textured record, this demonstrates why Wolf is lauded as one of the last great British musical hopes. Includes the single 'Vulture'.

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This is what music should be, intelligent, moving, and cerebral!
Nse Ette
One of those artists that will have a small but vigilant following that truly undertands what it means to create "art".
Tin Bird
Patrick is not only an incredibly talented musician, but a poet as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If it were left to radio or Billboards charts, my collection would be filled with Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, and the like. Thankfully I have sources like British music magazine Q to guide me, so when I saw they gave this album 4 stars, my interest was piqued. I had never heard of Patrick Wolf before this but I must say I am taken by his majestic and beautiful music. It sounds as though it were written for a musical, incorporating classical instruments like ukulele, viola, piano, as well as Celtic and electronic adornments for a dramatic flourish. This is an album I listen to straight through from start to end, and I'll attempt to go through each track to give you a feel of the music.

Opening is the brief instrumental "Kriespiel" which sounds like a spacecraft engine being tuned, leading into the sunny shimmery "Hard times" (think Duran Duran meets David Bowie - He does look like Bowie/Billy Idol stepping out of a time machine on the cover) and the bouncy "Oblivion" (featuring Tilda Swinton as "The Voice of Hope") with skittery electronic beats and cutting strings.

"The Bachelor' (featuring Eliza Carthy) is adapted from a traditional Folk song "Poor Little Turtle Dove." It is (in this case) an androgynous love song about a farmer lamenting his lack of a spouse despite all his wealth in livestock, with Eliza's gravelly voice sounding distinctly masculine. This song is simply awesome! I must point out that unlike Tilda Swinton who provides narration on the songs she appears, Eliza sings a duet with Wolf. "Damaris" is another standout, a sombre Pop song with icy sounding viola and a choppy riff.

With melancholic ukelele sounds and plucked guitars, Thickets (again featuring Tilda Swinton as "The Voice of Hope") has a strong Celtic feel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D on August 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've found all of Patrick Wolf's albums to be inconsistent, but this one is easily my favorite. It took a while to grow on me - in fact this started as a three-star review, and I yanked it at rewrote it as I became more fond of the album. Some of the songs are just incredible: "The Bachelor" is stunning and is my favorite Wolf song to date, and "Damaris", "Who Will" and "Theseus" are especially great too. On the other hand, "Battle" is pretty terrible, and a couple other songs don't match the strength of the album's best tracks. But as a whole, it's great, and actually exceeds my expectations for Wolf. Very well done.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By s.t. on June 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Patrick Wolf is a moody fellow. It's almost torture to follow his progress of making a new album, since his whims are constantly changing. Like local weather patterns, there's no concrete way to predict how Patrick will be feeling on any given day.

Globally, though, Patrick seems to demonstrate some predictable shifts. His first album, "Lycanthropy," was an exciting blend of the dark and the dancey, the melancholy and the melodic. It was also an unabashed claim for the attention of the music world. Alas, it was only a cult hit, and so his follow-up record, "The Wind in the Wires" turned into an insular, brooding opus that wore the artist's frustrations on its sleeve. The music was still great, but one gets the feeling that our narcissistic pop genius was being a tad melodramatic. From the title cut: "This wild electricity, turned static by industry, like a bird in an aviary..."

Then, with "The Magic Position," his ambitions came back. He once again fused his dark sensibilities with danceable beats and hummable melodies, and added just enough sugar and sunlight to make some of us think he might become a star after all. Alas, it didn't happen. Patrick was still ignored in America, and he wasn't happy about that.

Which brings us to this album, "The Bachelor." We all knew this was going to be a largely negative album, for that's what the climate patterns seemed to indicate. Patrick was originally describing this as an aggressive, fully electronic record. It was to be named "Battles," and would largely feature collaborations with Atari Teenage Riot's Alec Empire. To me, that sounded pretty promising.

Unfortunately, his local moods shifted a bit...again. Concepts changed, titles changed, album lengths changed. And sounds changed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tin Bird on June 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Patrick Wolf is a musical genius of the highest order. This album is stunning in it's scope and depth. I can't say enough about this music. There really isn't anyone else out there making music like this...brings to mind various attributes of David Sylvian, Kate Bush, and even Frank Tovey. Dark and melodic, mysterious yet hummable, obtuse but meaningful, brooding yet open...this album is album of the year for me, and Patrick's music in general is spellbinding. One of those artists that will have a small but vigilant following that truly undertands what it means to create "art". I am hooked!
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Years ago, I was downloading free songs randomly from Amazon and one of them happened to be "The Bachelor". I didn't listen to it for over a week, but absently put it into a test playlist before bed one night. After it came on I was hooked, and I bought the album the second I could spell 'able'. I love Patrick Wolf and have all of his albums, as well as every stray song I could find floating around the ether-webs. Wolfling all the way.
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