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Wind in the Wires


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1. The Libertine
2. Teignmouth
3. The Shadowsea
4. Wind in the Wires
5. The Railway House
6. The Gypsy King
7. Apparition
8. Ghost Song
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10. Jacob's Ladder
11. Tristan
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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tomlab
  • ASIN: B0007RTB2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on April 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
On his debut Lycanthropy, the very young Patrick Wolf was the literal kid in the candy shop. You can hear his delight in trying absolutely everything. But that sugar rush of ideas also caused a musical form of attention deficit disorder - the disc, effective from track to track, lacked focus. Wind in the Wires sidesteps the dreaded sophomore slump because Wolf - all of 21 now - has polished his composing talents to a high sheen. His electro-folk has precedents in everything from English madrigal to goth to Conor Oberst; his voice traces of Jeff Buckley and David Sylvain. Yet he's an original. Imagine Trent Reznor brought up in the British countryside, haunted by rainy day ghost stories instead of 21st century atrocities. Not that Wolf is stuck in another time. Far from it. His songs layer dark electronics over traditional structures that are subsequently comforting and alienating. They get under your skin. And though his subject matter often seems culled from the front pages of the London Herald circa 1880, there's certainly a post-modern slant to "Lands End", about the travesty of the music press, and "The Libertine", which I'd bet money is about - or at least inspired by - Pete Doherty.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CoryRay on April 15, 2005
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Wow. How could you not admire someone like Patrick Wolf, who's not afraid to make music that is entirely his own, that embraces multiple genres without fitting into any of them? A good way to describe it maybe is: Take the uncoventional music of Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and Bjork, and toss them in a blender. Then add a whole lot of traditional Northern European instruments like viola, violin, and accordian. Then add passionate vocals that are akin to a male Bjork with a heavy English accent. What you get is something not quite folk, not quite pop, not quite electronica, but something entirely unique and mostly beautiful. His subject matter ranges from the supernatural to nature to heart-wrenching personal accounts. On the whole, I think I like this album a bit better than the first. It flows better and, unlike the first album, doesn't have any tracks that are...well...tough to listen to, such as the revealing, disturbing, hard-on-the-ears "Childcatcher" (in which I greatly respected his bravery and bluntness). "To the Lighthouse," from the first album, probably remains my favorite track of his (since it's the track that first hooked me), but "The Libertine" and the beat-driven "Tristan" blow me away and are definitely close behind. If you like traditional European folk music, unconventional pop, or heartfelt music that is completely unique, check this guy out. He deserves more attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on April 3, 2006
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Simply amazing album. I happened to stumble upon this cd and fell in love. It's the kind of music I've been looking for, interesting music with soul. The songs are absolutely haunting, but in a good way. Not everyone's thing, I understand, but definitely worth a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PML on July 12, 2005
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Patrick Wolf sheds the hyperactive habber dash of Lycanthropy for the lush and haunting Wind in the Wires.

If you enjoyed "London" and "Demolition" from Lycanthropy you are in for a melodically madrigal treat. Patrick Wolf engages the listener with lovely lyrics that read right out of a gothic short story (from "Teignmouth") "Down to the burning cliffs/To the unrelenting roll/To marry the untold blisses/And anchor this lost soul".

He also utilizes a multitude of musical "instruments" (from the traditional violin and piano to bird calls and a horse's clip-clop). Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. George on July 29, 2006
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Patrick Wolf is a musical prodigy, one that few people have ever really heard of. My friend told me about him and gave me his first cd "Lyncanthropy," a wonderful blend of modern sounds and beats (with a hint of acoustic) along with Wolf's beautiful, almost untamed voice. But this cd, "Wind in the Wires," is by all means better than the more experimental "Lyncanthropy." Wolf creates a completely independent sound than anyone, mixing well-performed instrumentals, modern sounds, and a more controlled voice than the previous cd. It's downright haunting and mezmorizing when you hear it, and the best part about it is that everything is so authentic. It's the perfect mix of the modern and the classic, and it creates something refreshing for a listener to hear. Many of the songs are more downbeat than Wolf's previous cd, yet he still satisfies you with captivating lyrics, simplicity, and songwriting ability.

Songs:

1. The Libertine- 5/5; A perfect introduction to the album, showing the listener how Wolf will mix the modern and classic throughout the cd.

2. Teignmouth- 5/5; The most haunting song on the album, Wolf creates more emotion in this song than any other he has written. The beats and voice carry the entire song into a realm of complete satisfaction. The piano only live version is even better.

3. The Shadowsea- 3/5; My least favorite song on the album, one of Wolf's short song's that I just skip over whenever I listen to the cd.

4. Wind in the Wires- 4.5/5; A great song with beautiful lyrics. This is a song that will make the listener think and a key song on the cd.

5. The Railway House- 4.5/5; A good song, fun to listen to, but not enough emotion for me. The end of it is good though.

6. The Gypsy King- 4.
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