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Sundark And Riverlight [Double CD]

Patrick Wolf Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Bloody Chamber Music
  • ASIN: B008SVFOG8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Oblivion 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Libertine 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vulture 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hard Times 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bitten 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Overture 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Paris 4:310.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  2. The Magic Position 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bermondsey Street 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bluebells 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Teignmouth 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. House 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
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Sundark and Riverlight is a very personal collection of songs from Patricks extensive 10 year career. A selection of tracks from Lycanthropy, Wind In the Wires, The Magic Position, The Bachelor, Lupercalia and Brumalia, rearranged and recorded acoustically at Peter Gabriels Real World Studios. Patrick s vocal sings out against the backdrop of his musicianship on Celtic Harp, Harpsichord/spinet, Grand Piano, Baritone Ukulele, Mountain Dulcimer and Viola and he is joined by a guest musicians on double bass, bodhrum drum, musical saw, guitar and Woodwind and String Quartets. Also featuring international spoken word contributions from fans on Bermondsey Street Patrick starts an extensive world tour August 29th in Londons Old Vic Theatre. Continuing onto Australia, USA and than back to Europe for dates in Germany, Italy , Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France and the UK with touring in many more territories planned to continue into 2013 followed by Festival performances Summer 2013.

BBC Review

Patrick Wolf fans are familiar with his constant re-invention, so this revisiting of songs from previous long-players will come as no surprise.

However, as Wolf is equally known for theatrics, followers may be surprised at the acoustic nature of these re-recorded songs, released to commemorate a decade in the business.

In his own words, this set is "A rebellion... against the digital age of Auto-Tune and mass-produced electronic landfill music." It is not a ‘greatest hits’, as he hasn't really had any. But that is not to say he shouldn't have; as with Ed Harcourt, musicianship does not always equal commercial success.

An album of two halves, the first disc is the introspective Sundark. His debut single The Libertine sounds surprisingly similar, missing only its pounding beat; although its rearranged strings frame his plea to be free more desperately than ever.

Vulture is similarly effective, the simple piano and wind-effect emulating the stripped emotion perfectly: “Mother don't worry, your boy is doing fine.”

In places the conceit of the project is its weakness: the lack of deviation from piano and strings accompaniment. But Paris, originally from 2003's Lycanthropy, appears stripped of its industrial nonsense and subsequently shines as the live anthem it has become; while Together redraws Wolf as troubadour.

The directness of Bermondsey Street and the gothic Bluebells are further highlights. The Magic Position loses the original's joie de vivre, and may or may not refer to a lost chapter of Karma Sutra, but remains one of his finest songs.

Despite channelling Blackadder for the cover, Sundark and Riverlight is thankfully more chamber pop than chamber pot. It's an elegant collection, but an acquired taste.

Those unfamiliar with Wolf are advised to begin with the Riverlight side, or last year's successful Lupercalia album. This stopgap album risks losing commercial momentum, but is a reminder that despite a tendency towards self indulgence, Wolf remains a songwriter to admire.

--Tom Hocknell

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4.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Wolf - The Wolf Pack 17 Oct 2012
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Patrick Wolf's new album "Sundark and Riverlight" is probably far too long, often crosses the line marked "overwrought" and has more tendencies to the theatrical excess than an average Kenneth Branagh stage production. But ultimately who cares? Listen to the stunning vocal performance of Wolf on opener "Wind in the wires" and you will forgive him any of his sins. Try not to melt when he utters the lines "Here comes a gale/A crippling anger/Sea birds are blown into the rocks/Grace is lost to thunder". True the Guardian has described this largely acoustic double album as "self indulgent" and it is. You have to ask what the Guardian expected, an album of Ramones covers perhaps. Its Patrick Wolf for god sake and in the ten year career of this South London dilettante he has majored on producing challenging albums of high drama and theatrics not least his deep melancholy classic 2003's debut "Lycanthropy".

Anyone who listens to Wolf is often struck by how much better his songs could be stripped backed and with less clutter. ""Sundark and Riverlight" tries to do this but despite its acoustic status it does not always succeed. Where Wolf does pull off a successes however they are huge victories. "Hard times" is turned into a beast of a eastern sounding ballad and a vocal tour de force which deserves your rapt attention. His reworking of one of his best songs "Bluebells" also should be compulsory listening for anyone with a passion for a heartfelt passionate vocal and a sophisticated musical palate. That said some songs of Wolf are in the "right first time" category and tunes like "The Magic Position" despite being a very competent version somehow loses its joyous and lovely pop edge in the darker version contained herein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet 9 May 2014
By Carenza
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I really like stripped down performances/acoustic renditions, and this is just awesome. The first time I heard 'Wind in the Wires' and 'Teignmouth' I was utterly hooked. I then got a little disappointed when I found out that this album was an exception rather than the rule, and that I'm hoping he does more 'less' in the future.

I suppose I'm saying that even if you don't have a taste for Mr Wolf's other albums, this one might still be up your street, and vice versa. Solid performances across loads of material - really good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and Beautiful 25 Nov 2013
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Patrick Wolf is a man who just emanates talent, Within this two disc set he re-imagines his selected back catalogue, bringing forth a yearning and beauty that you may have missed previously when the songs were released in different incarnations. It's a truly wonderful and uplifting experience when you journey through this album from start to finish, So many emotions held therein as you travel through each song. I always gravitate to 'Teignmouth' as an example, A truly beautiful reading of the song encapsulated here.

Buy, Listen, immerse, enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Son loved it 9 Jan 2013
By eccles
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Christmas present for youngest son who is into wide range of musical taste. He is delighted with the product - camer in plenty of time for christmas - good reliable trader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 18 Dec 2012
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One of the best albums I've heard. Arrived safely, well packaged and in good time. The price was good. Thanks
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