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The Magic Position

The Magic Position

1 Jan 2006
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Anyone expecting some knock-off of the likes of such musicians like Badly Drawn Boy, Frank Turner, and Lightspeed Champion may wish to pigeonhole Patrick Wolf into such a category. Whilst the archaic use of sample sounds may seem clunky in places, there is a lot of melodic content to keep such fans of Indie singer-songwriters from the 2000s amused for its 40-minute period. With Magpie, and Accident and Emergency being the most memorable, The Magic Position is an album you can get lost in throughout its entirety and fell that you have been pleasantly rewarded rather than bored to death at some avant-garde live gig.
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Most musicians would have given up the day job by now if they were Patrick Wolf. He has conjured up two of the greatest records of the 21st century (Lycanthropy,Wind In The Wires), yet still receives a lack of credit and recognition from the UK and elsewhere. Despite building up an immensely loyal fanbase, he is unheard of to many, many who once they've heard him, regret not knowing of him before. But despite the situation, this guy loves his music. And his new record, "The Magic Position" shows that he's got plenty left to give those that adore him.

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.
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2007
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I admit it openly -- after hearing that Patrick Wolf was going poppy, I was prepared to hate "The Magic Position." I really was.

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.
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I walked into a record store last week and was paralysed by the music playing. The manager of the store was enthusiastic to say the least when I enquired and raved about Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position being his 3rd album. Dumbfounded that my head had been in the sand about this rare talent for so long, I promptly purchased the cd. What a revelation!!! If you can imagine the styles and creativity of Kate Bush, Bjork and Lloyd Cole all rolled into one, then you are somewhere near Patrick Wolf. "Magpie" is the most sublime song since the Blue Nile's "Family Life". The whole cd flows like a sweet rollercoaster of emotions starting with the magnificent "Overture", the upbeat "The Magic Position" right through to the beauty of "The Stars" and "Finale". I cant fault this cd. If you want the safety of the standard indie pop everyone is bleating out at the moment, go elsewhere. If you are after an innovative, challenging and timeless adventure, Patrick Wolf is your man. He will still be around for years to come as I am sure, as I have now become, once bitten, you will be hooked for life. How long will it take for the masses to discover Britains greatest modern day singer songwriter???
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