9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2005
this album truly blew me away. the songs are just sublime and he's just so underrated! this is a really beautiful album - i hate to say this now but i do believe that it will be one of the most amazing albums of 2005. and i actually mean it. listen to any of the tracks (i recommend "lands end" and "railway house" in particular) and fall in love with him. i heard of him in the nme when he was asked to write a column about the libertine and what it means. this was quite recently, a week or so before he released his single. the column was something quite special and you could really tell that he really is the modern day bohemian, the care free nature loving 21 year old. listen to the xfm sessions and listen to his voice. he's going to support bloc party in october (ARGH I WISH I WAS GOING) and though everyone seems to love bloc party (which i do too, just not to the extent which everyone seems to rate them), just close your eyes and listen to the talent of this young man.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2005
I always avoided the music of Patrick Wolf, dismissing it as trendy rubbish based on who I heard it from. This is a silly way to think and I'm glad I made up my own mind.
It starts off with the stunning 'The Libertine' which is an epic in itself with it's beautiful classical elements. While 'Wind in the Wires' is often quiet and slow burning taking inspiration from Jeff Buckley, it has it's moments of modern indie genius, such as 'Tristan'.
I will not say the album will change your life but take a glimpse into the world of Patrick Wolf and you may be suprised. This appeals to anyone with a taste for something different and if you're even considering this, you're heading in the right direction.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2005
Artists like Bjork and bands like Sigur Ros make music inspired by landscape, in their cases the dramatic ehtereal beauty of Iceland. When listening to Patrick Wolf, I think of windswept fields, grey skies, power lines, bare trees, waves crashing against drizzly coastlines and pebble beaches. Essentially, I think of the British landscape. Therefore, it could be argued that Patrick is the British Bjork. Like Bjork, Patrick's music is innovative, challenging, genre bending and definately not for everyone. It's a mix of pastoral folk, experimental electronica and good old indie rock n' roll, mostly evident in his voice. He plays about fourteen different instruments in every single song, and he sings about absolutely everything, from the music business ("The Libertine" and "Lands End") to the plight of the countryside (Wind in the Wires: "This Wild electricity/made static by industry", a reference to unsightly wind turbines?)
One for rainy afternoons, dark drives through the country, contemplative late nights and for use in arguments against those who assert that music has stagnated and innovation no longer exists.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2005
My gosh, what a raw album. At the moment there seems to be a real backlash in manufactured music, the chart is recording all time low single sales. I think the future is the album, and if this is the case this album will be at number one for a long time.
Probably like myself you had never heard of this chap, i decided to take a chance and buy it on the spur of the moment, and to my delight its a masterful piece of music. It's a blend of folk, electronic and gutsy melodic beats. A wonderful heart felt combo! With haunting violins and clinking pianos and a powerful beats this album stuns at every corner!
Patrick's voice sounds like a mixture of Morrissey and the guy from Space. An excellent addition to any music lovers album, but be warned don't expect an easy listen, the lyrics are painfully true in places, do not expect a light hearted journey, expect one of darkness and hysteria!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2005
I was sleepy and driving in my car in an early morning. After having heard "The Libertine" on the radio I was awakened! When speaker informed that Patrick was only 21 years old, I was shocked! I urged to purchase this CD with great expectations. It opens with "The Libertine" and it is of great excitement to hear
such powerful voice from this young man. However the rest did not meet my "great" expectations. They are not bad at all but cannot even come close to the high quality level of "The Libertine"
It is obvious that Patrick is a great talent. He is songwriter, producer, instrument player, singer etc. He is doing everything on his own and has a unique voice. It is a good feeling to know that some young artists like Patrick is trying to produce something good and new. He proves that it can be done...
I hope that he does not disappear in new future as I think that he can do lot better albums with some more experience.
on 9 July 2008
I only discovered Patrick Wolf when his third album, The Magic Position was released. I instantly fell in love with his ability to mix amazing lyrics with beautiful and adventurous music. The Magic Position played constantly for a long time after that, and then i saw him live, again i fell in love all the more with the music.
It was only a few month ago that i realised he had more albums under his name, and so i ventured over to Amazon and bought pretty much his whole back catologue. Considering i survive on a student budget, it was rather an extravagant gesture, but i decided it would probably be worth it it the other music was anything near as great as the Magic Position. what i found was a whole lot more...
Although i really love The Magic Position, and although i am obsessed with Lycanthropy (the first album), Wind In The Wires is what i like to call a modern masterpiece of music, and i dont often describe anything like that.
So why this album? Well, the opening song, The Libertine is an amazing musical story that transports you into a new world both through the music and the storyteling lyrics. The majority of the rest of the songs are a little different though... amazingly atmospheric and multi-layed these songs are both beautiful and captivating. I have reserched into this album quite a lot, and it was written and recorded partly in a small cabin by the sea in Cornwall and partly in Patricks mothers attick, and t shines through. The whole album is organic sounding, and by this i mean it features instroments such as the ukelele, guitars, pianos and violins, as well as a whole lot more mixed in to make a breathtaking overall sound.
I apologise if i sound very exctied about this album, but i have to say it is amazing! If you've been seeking something a little different to the generic rubbish that fills the airwaves today, then all i can say is two words, Patrick Wolf. Buy the album, its fantastic... please!
Before purchasing Patrick Wolfs music, i was at a point where i had lost hope in modern music, and all it took was a 25 year old guy with a dress sense that would put David Bowie to shame and an imagination and talent thats out of this world to regain my faith in music.
An essential to anyones collection, Wind in the wires.
Love to you all, hope you enjoy it as much as i have and will for many a year to come...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2006
Patrick Who? - That's what I thought until about two months ago.
Not many albums really move you or raise the bar, back in 1972 Yes released 'Close To The Edge' thirty years later Patrick Wolf released his second album which takes a few listens to fully appreciate it.
'The Railway House', 'The Gypsy King' and 'This Weather' are my personal favourite tracks but the whole album needs to be listened to in its entirety to fully absorb the musical 'journey'. This is a very original sound, the combination of Patrick's voice and the diverse musical styles combine to produce a piece of work that will stand the test of time. I strongly recommend it to anyone like myself who is looking for something different, it has a melancholy but at the same time uplifting feel to it. I suspect no future Patrick Wolf albums will be quite like it.
I've heard Patrick's first album 'Lycanthropy' and previews of his third album 'The Magic Position' (to be released Feb 2007) - both are ground breaking and set new standards.
Patrick Wolf is a very talented and innovative musician, who knows what the future will bring from this unpredictable but gifted artist.
on 19 September 2011
I was able to purchase his last 3 albums in Korea but couldn't find the 1st and the 2nd album so I bought them on amazon.uk.
I can see his music changed a lot after Wind In The Wires and know old PW fans don't like the change so much but I like all of his music so far. Every album is different, I like the variety :)
on 19 December 2012
Patrick Wolf's second album but what an album! Amazing songs by wonderful Patrick. A must have album for all lovers of Patrick.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2006
Patrick, well you've done it again. Every chorus, every verse is sublime. From the intriging mix on ''Jacob's Ladder'' to the beautifully mastered ''Wind In The Wires'', i just can't get enough of this album.
Well Done Patrick Wolf, Keep Them Coming... Please.