Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor

August 17, 2009

patrickwolfI had never heard an album from South London based musician Patrick Wolf before, despite The Bachelor, the first part of a two record project, being his fourth release. It’s largely an electronica album with very ornate production, with Gothic overtones, rock guitar and choirs added in. Wolf’s powerful vocals, which recall Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan and Howard Jones, really drive the songs, which range from dance pop to electroclash to moody synthpop ballads. Most of it is pretty good, sometimes great, stuff, though if there’s a flaw with The Bachelor, it’s that so much of the album is pitched at such a high intensity that inevitably some of the tracks come off as somewhat overwrought or over the top. In general, though, The Bachelor is a pretty solid electronic rock and pop album, and very much recommended, especially for fans of the genres. Standout cuts: “Hard Times,” “Oblivion,” “Damaris” and “Vulture.”


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