New Patrick Wolf.

Patrick Wolf’s dark days are now over. Over the last decade Wolf has transformed himself from a bleak, electronic deviant, to a brighter figure of positive worth. Getting rid of the gothic pop that he once revelled in, ‘The City’ is a flamboyant declaration of the power of his love coming from Lupercalia, Wolf’s fifth album expected in May 2011.

In fact, it is simply a feel-good love anthem, but so much so that it is borderline cringeworthy at points. The lyrics “top-top-top of the morning” are echoes that seem so damn delightful, that it is hard not to be cynical and question Wolf’s authenticity. That said, ‘The City’ is a belter and never fails to give an uplifting feeling that was absent in some of Wolf’s (albeit great music) classics ‘The Libertine’ and ‘A Boy Like Me’. The horns have replaced the electronics and signify that Wolf no longer has to rely on his brand of darkness, capes and Nick Cave-esque witticisms. A stronger single than the first from this album, ‘Time Of My Life’, ‘The City’ is a return to the exciting and radiating ‘The Magic Position’. In other words, Patrick Wolf is happy and so are we.

Catch Wolf on tour now:

Dublin Sugar Club (March 21)
Glasgow Oran Mor (23)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (24)
Birmingham O2 Academy (25)
Manchester Club Academy (26)
Bristol Thekla (28)
London Koko (29)

From Chris Holten.

Sucking Lemons.


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