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Standing at 6 feet 4" tall with a shock of bright red hair, 23 year old Patrick Wolf is something of a statement even before he opens his mouth. His two albums to date 2003's Lycanthropy and 2005's Wind in the Wires have showed him to be more than a pretty face, however, with songs that strike an attractive balance between the imaginative and the indulgent. His third album, The Magic Position, is undoubtedly Wolf's 'pop' moment. The rollicking romp of "Get Lost", the upbeat "Accident and Emergency," and the celebratory title track all underline new levels of accessibility and dare we say it - optimism. There are hints of the old Wolf too of course, especially in the eclectic choice of instrumentation and the off-kilter song arrangements; for every pop-perfect track there's a slice of raw darkness ("Bluebell,") casual introspection ("Augustine") or sidereal rock-tronica ("The Stars"). Less a dramatic re-invention than a sideways turn into the world of adult emotions and mainstream accessibility, The Magic Position is nonetheless Patrick Wolf's most accomplished work to date. --Paul SullivanSee all Product Description
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Possibly, in an effort to get more popularity, his direction of music has gone more, "poppy". Yet the songs on this album could still bring any human being to a standstill and make them understand how beautiful music is.
"This magical place that we've found/No one here but us and the sound"
Everything that surrounds you in every song is staggering stuff, truly jaw-dropping moments, how one man can construct 13 fascinating, bewildering, bewitching tracks is beyond many, but he does it. And he does it with such confidence and swagger. Title track, "The Magic Position" is an affair which truly suits its title, it's magical, and very, very happy. No music today is similar to this, his fusion of violins and ukulele's are bar-none perfect and are constructed flawlessly. "Overture" is a tearful opener, stunning violins are supported by the deep, darling vocals of Wolf, and it's an opener to get anyone interested. "Accident & Emergency" sums up the change in direction, some like it, some don't, but it's a joyous chant of independence, prosperity and fun.Read more ›
But I can't. Instead, his third album managed to sweep me away with his colourful chamberpop, and ever-changing palette of musical sounds. In fact, he masters most varieties of pop -- bluesy, peppy, soothing strings, and even some electropop -- and weave them into some accomplished melodies.
It opens with some taut drums, and a slowly rising violin leads in a sweep of strings, guitar and electronica. Wolf croons over it, "It's wonderful what a smile can hide/If the teeth shine bright and it's nice and wide/It's so magical all you can keep inside/And if you bury it deep no one can find a thing, no..." He follows it with the xylophone-churchbell-violinpop of the title song, a bouncy love song that is so infectious and joyful, it deserves to be on the radio.
But having hooked listeners with those two songs, he sallies out into all sorts of music -- dark electropop with horns, bluesy ballads, passionate piano pop, happy robot dance music, and a strong piano-strings ballad, "Magpie," a duet with the smoky-voiced Marianne Faithfull. And the album ends as it began -- with a twinkly, joyous little song, and a bittersweet string outro.
If I had to compare Patrick Wolf in this album, it would be to call him a male version of Feist -- talented vocalist and songwriter, musically versatile, and poppy without being a slave to the MTV sound. "The Magic Position" shows that off beautifully, albeit with a few dark spots that could have been left out.
The music is one of those rare blends of fun catchiness and clever musicianship -- mostly because Wolf crams it with adept musicianship.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's so happy and bouncy, one of my favourite Patrick Wolf albums. The Magic Position never fails to make me smile.Published on 14 Oct. 2013 by Heather Streatfield
The most colorful and funniest album of Patrick Wolf. Again you should buy this album cherish it love it and listen to it everyday!Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by glylay
Not as good as its predecessor, 'Wind In The Wires' or Wolf's debut, 'Lycanthropy', but still well worth the money if you enjoy superbly crafted and heartfelt music from a... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2009 by Jamie Blake
i can't believe patrick wolf isnt known by many people considering hes one of the most creative musicians of our times . . . Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2009 by FUTURESTARdelux
I don't know how I came across this album, but I must admit that at first I kept it to myself. It was a bit of a guilty pleasure. Read morePublished on 28 July 2008 by Mr. J. M. Ginebra Serrabou
Following in the footsteps of David Sylvian, Billy MacKenzie, Marc Almond, Bjork, Scott Walker, Perry Blake, et al. Read morePublished on 5 April 2007 by Camp David
I bought this having heard the title track on the radio. Sounded really promising. There are 4 great tracks on this album and then at least 3 which are less than 2 minutes long. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2007 by JJB