This is an album destined to be forgotten by most people. Heck, I only bought it because I heard one song on NME. I'd be amazed if anyone actually read this review! I'm so glad I did buy it, as this is a wonderful debut album from this 20 year old English 'electro-folk' whizzkid. Kicked out of home at 15. He has been slowly building this album up over the last five years. In fact, the album is his life story, with storys about life in London-Pigeon Street and London- a jaunt to Paris in Paris and also an odd rather dark tale in The Childcatcher. There are also general tales of growing from a boy to a man. This gives the album an incredibly interesting point, and joins all the songs together.
As for the music, well, words can't describe it. Wolf takes both very unusal instruments (many broken or played off on purpose) such as an accordian, a baritone ukelelee and violins. He mixes this with his wide ranging voice, that goes from folksy singing, to almost poetic reading, to screaming, all over the place. On top of this, on many of the tracks, he adds electro loops and beats, and on others samples, such as Big Ben on London, and other background recordings. It all gels brilliantly, and in some places it really shouln't at all. Only a few songs miss the mark. In particular Demolition, as it just goes nowhere, and nowhere fast either. But aside from this, all the songs simply hit the spot. Nothing more can be added. I can't really say that you should get this album if you like, because he is completely different. I admit it isn't for everyone, but it is worth a listen.