Patrick Wolf ditching glitz and glamour for new album

Singer says he has made a 'very clean' record

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Patrick Wolf has said he's toning down his previously glamorous style for his fifth studio album, tentatively-titled 'The Conqueror'.

Wolf, speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now, or available digitally, said he plans to ditch his trademark theatrics because he thought over-the-top glam had become too much a part of mainstream culture now.

"It's become the convention now: a persona, an ego, theatre, big shoulder pads and attitude," he said. "I'm not really interested if that's become the mainstream."

Wolf has also said that he is moving away from the harsher sounds of his last album, 'The Bachelor’. "I wanted to get away from the industrial element of the last album," he said. "I wanted to get away from any noises or frequencies that were provocative in terms of noise. It was important to me to make a very clean album."

Patrick Wolf is in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now, or available digitally.

The issue previews the 60 most exciting albums of 2011, also featuring The Strokes, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Beady Eye, La Roux, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and 52 other acts, with in-the-studio reports and photos.

Blog – which albums are you most looking forward to hearing in 2011?

Photo gallery – in the studio and beyond with the acts releasing new albums this year

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