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Bachelor, the

Patrick Wolf Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B002AF4X9C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Bold 2009 album! Exuberant electro-pop 'n' spirited avant-folk from the UK sprite. Cameos by Tilda Swinton (really!) ; Alec Empire ; Eliza Carthy and Matthew Herbert.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baroque and Roll Splendour 13 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
That any single recording might contain an Ondes Martenot
(an extraordinary sonic tool beloved by the composer Olivier Messiaen)
and the sublimely strange Tilda Swinton might seem almost too
much to ask for but they are both to be found here in
Mr Wolf's new offering 'The Bachelor' in very fine fettle
and in perfect working order.

Lycanthropic associations aside this Old Wolf has found
much to admire in his younger namesake's latest release.
The album is a veritable tour de force.

This is quite extraordinary music. Imagination, adroit
musicianship and palpably real passion coalesce in
compositions of wonderfully realised technical complexity
and blistering emotional range.

The forces that he has amassed for the project play and sing
their hearts out for him.
Choirs and strings, together with electronic and acoustic
elements, combine to produce some of the most vivid and thrilling
soundscapes it has been my privilege to hear in the last decade.
Trust me it really, really is that good !

'Hard Times' kicks the collection off in upliftingly raucous style.
The strings and gospel choir are a truly inspirational and rousing inclusion.

The loose-limbed and loping blues of title track
'The Bachelor' is a hoot !

'Who Will' is an anthemic song, whose secular hymn-like
ambience made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
I possess hair aplenty and it still hasn't come down !

'Battle' is a proud, uncompromising cris-de-coeur.
A defiant paean against prejudice.
(Every bit as raw and wonderful as Bjork's 'Declare Independence').

'The Sun Is Often Out' is a heartrending outpouring of grief and loss.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping out of the shadows. 24 April 2009
By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Patrick Wolf's fourth album is his first recorded with a budget, in proper studios, and with serious collaborations (The Magic Position's dalliance with Marianne Faithful notwithstanding in the facer of Eliza Carthy, Matthew Herbert, Tilda Swinton, and Alec Empire, who all appear here). It's also, (in)famously partly funded by donations from fans paid via the internet - £100,000 to mix the album and subsidise early tours.

The resulting record may well alienate fans of the low-fi, bedroom caterwauling that made up his debut, Lycanthropy, or the lonesome promontory folk of Wind In The Wires. It may even confuse fans of the pop-inclined Magic Position, his last album from 2007. But it shouldn't, because The Bachelor, a collection of songs charting the dark days and emotions that followed his brush with major record labels and existential panic, is a terrific record that sees Patrick step not only out of his bedroom but also out of the shadow of his key influences - namely Kate Bush and David Bowie.

Because have no doubts about it; this is a big, elaborate, ostentatious record that has more in common with The Hounds Of Love than with whoever's trendy with the gatekeepers of indie taste in 2009.
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With a spirit of desire and movement more present then ever in this, Patrick's fourth chapter, here is a offering of immense maturity and spirit, gracefully exploring the everlasting growing pains of a commensurate artist and brilliant soul. Both Subtle and hard hitting, once again this album is a progression in Patrick's musical journey.

Like the rest of Patrick's back catalogue, the album is incredibly emotive and cathartic. Indeed it seems to me the feel of this album can change depending on the mood of the listener.
On one had it takes hard experiences and lays them bare and clear and grating, and on the other, it shows the need for them to make us move forward, work harder, see the light set against the darkness.

' Give me hard times,
I'll work harder, harder
For revolution'

In this album Patrick has gone even further in clashing and melding more traditional sounds (particularly prevalent in tracks like 'thickets' and 'theseus' which carry a real celtic spirit in them) with fast paced and sometimes cutting processed sound (shown in 'count of casualty' and 'oblivion') This Celtic lilt is certainly the way forward, a greatly mature and modern progression i love the classical style of folk story telling in songs like 'Damaris'. The equivalency of fast paced songs to ballads is just right.

My only gripe with the album is the song Battle, which, although a good attempt at a more 'rock-n-roll' song, it falls short of the rest, as (imo) the lyrics sound a little awkward and the style forced.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bachelor
You need a leader for your rebellion? Here he is! Savior of all the one and only Patrick Wolf. Brilliant album!
Published 20 months ago by glylay
3.0 out of 5 stars WOLF IN REVERSE
Listened to this album after getting Lupercalia, and after the first listen, personally i dont think its as good, but i will give it more time obviously, loved lupercalia
Published on 8 May 2012 by LC
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Album
It is not a great album, I can tell you for sure. There are few memorable songs, many are under-inspired, others are just bad. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic brilliance
Patrick Wolf came onto my radar a few years ago with The Magic Position, a delightfully catchy, somewhat indie release evocative of early Human League, so my initial reaction to... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Emily Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different and special
Never heard of Paddy Wolf before seeing him at on the tv at the recent Reading/Leeds festival, so this is the first album I have brought of his. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2009 by Mark Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest yet
This is without doubt Patrick Wolf's most ambitious, accomplished and impressive album to date. Thoroughly recommended.
Published on 8 Jun 2009 by D. W. Hawkes
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
First listen I was unsure, but I left it playing and was hooked. A little familiarity turned the complexity of the songs from keeping me out to drawing me into incredible songs,... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by Village Em
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I cannot recommend this album enough to anybody. Despite its dark undertones, there is a slight glimmer of hope in some of the melodies and lyrics, subtly included to add depth to... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2009 by Christopher Baird
2.0 out of 5 stars ICARUS
It is with a broken-hearted sigh that we start writing this review. After several listens of THE BACHELOR, PATRICK WOLF's fourth album, the only words that come to mind are:... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2009 by Gideon
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