Oh, so fabulous. Patrick wolf's third album, a much happier affair than his previous two (though even this one still has it's moments!) is full of musical glory. I certainly wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did, but even as the punchy beats and glorious strings of the first track, Overture, crashed over my head on first listening, I was sold. From Overture the album moves to the title track, probably the most joyously exuberant on the album. A wonderful happy song, full of the obvious love which bred it. I could listen to it for hours.
And the rest of the album follows pretty much in a similar brilliant vein, from the darker "Magpie" to the brooding "Augustine". Listening to The Magic Position, with its colourful carousel cover, is much like a sonic fairground: every ride is different, and has its different tone and emotions, but every one is exciting in its own particular way. Wolf is a truly wonderful musician, and this is one of the best albums of the year so far. It's hard to believe that, at 23 (ish?), indie darling Wolf has already released 3 absolutely fantastic albums. Honestly, buy this. It's different and original, but wonderful enough to appeal to a wide audience.