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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bloody Chamber Music
  • ASIN: B001Y8DK9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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An album of deeply private late night confessions and fighting songs. Recorded in Battle, Hastings, Paris and Berlin. The Bachelor reflects Patrick s time and experiences whilst travelling and battling the world around him, struggling with his self, his desire and bachelorhood. As Patrick explains: This album is very much me revealing as much as I can how who I am and my state of heart and mind during a particularly low point in my life at the end of the international Magic Position tour . Featuring collaborations with Eliza Carthy, Thomas Bloch, Alec Empire, Matthew Herbert and Tilda Swinton; The Bachelor is released on Patrick s label Bloody Chamber Music ,

BBC Review

The Bachelor was originally intended to make half a double album, with the second half called The Conqueror, which is now expected in 2010. This first album is, according to Patrick Wolf, loosely based on his life and experiences as a single man away from home; 'heartbroken and in deep dispair [sic]'.

Firmly planting himself as the hero, Patrick tells a winding tale plunging depths to retribution, ostentatiously bloated with high camp, vast orchestration and drama.

Patrick enlists the help of folk royalty Eliza Carthy to duet with him on The Bachelor, a song about a pig farmer who needs someone to look after his pigs after his death.

Wolf sounds like David Sylvian covering Marc Almond throughout. Much here is angry and questioning, with odd moments of optimism. Damaris is an uplifting song punctuated by military drums, chimes and slight recorder in the background, plus a throaty voiced chorus, urging the listener to rise up.

Actress Tilda Swinton's spoken narrative acts as a familiar accompanying Wolf on his journey. Sometimes her received pronunciation can distance the whole experience. On Theseus, for instance, her spoken repetitions of Wolf's singing ('freedom!'! 'lover!'!) remind you of a children's fantastical drama and render the otherwise joyful and well orchestrated arrangement ridiculous.

Patrick's dramatic persona cannot always mask the lack of melodic content. The Sun is Often Out, written about a poet friend's suicide, may be overloaded with violins, but very little happens. The laboured delivery leaves the listener cold rather than empathetic.

The album comes with rambling notes from Wolf detailing the ideas behind each song. For example, Vulture was written from his experience of spending a few days in a hotel room with a Satanist. High-minded and fantastical songs are grounded by such explanations, and without this knowledge, the listener might be more open to his musical ideas.

Those who find Wolf's life as fascinating as he does will receive The Bachelor well; those who don't should steer clear of the lyrics and enjoy the fantasy for what it is. --Lucy Davies

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE on 24 April 2009
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Colman on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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