Patrick Wolf - 'Sundark And Riverlight'

Patrick Wolf - 'Sundark And Riverlight'

Wolf's sixth album. What it actually is, though, is an attempt at some kind of greatest hits collection featuring two discs of orchestral 'refixes' of songs from his five records. All it really does is make you long for the originals. But there...

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Album Review: Patrick Wolf - 'Brumalia'

Patrick Wolf - 'Brumalia'

“ Sword by side we take the night ”, he wails. “ I see nothing without you ”, he whines. “ Bring me my chariot of fire ”, he warbles. It’s never milk-and-one-sugar with Paddy, is it? The south London tearaway has long been...

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Live Review: Bestival

Live Review: Bestival

With 55,000 folk in annual attendance, Bestival is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws of the UK festival season yet, this year, it’s also one of the strangest. In a summer where curators have resolutely played it safe, Rob da Bank ’s...

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Album Review: Patrick Wolf - 'Lupercalia'

Patrick Wolf - 'Lupercalia'

If ‘Lycanthropy’ – Patrick Wolf ’s first album – was an exploration of how to transform oneself into another form, then ‘Lupercalia’ is the end result of the experiment. The original Lupercalia was a pre-Roman festival to avert...

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Album review: Patrick Wolf - 'The Bachelor'

Album review: Patrick Wolf - 'The Bachelor'

There’s no cheaper way of neutering an eccentric than not being impressed. As with bullies, if you ignore them they disappear. Patrick Wolf ’s pretty easy to deride: he looks like a drunk Macaulay Culkin looking for attention at a Narnian...

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Live Review: Patrick Wolf

Live Review: Patrick Wolf

Do I look like a terrorist with this scarf?” asks a coquettish Patrick Wolf towards the end of the show, while wrapping a red and white keffiyeh around his head. That would be a no, Patrick, not least because terrorists don’t generally dress...

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Patrick Wolf

Patrick Wolf

Fond, as he is, of the occasional Smirnoff Ice, you somehow fear for Patrick Wolf’s chances should he venture into any city centre bar come happy hour. Such frustration infuses ‘The Magic Position’, a giddy Motown stomp clearly intended as...

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Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

As its opening drum tattoo gradually settles into an eager heartbeat, elfin art-rock outsider Patrick Wolf’s third album sets out its manifesto: “to live, to learn, to love in the major key”. Yes, tired of forever skulking in the shadows,...

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Patrick Wolf: KOKO, London: Wednesday, October 4

Patrick Wolf: KOKO, London: Wednesday, October 4

In a slick glitter-festooned hooded vest and pillar-box red hair, baroque electro-folk superhero Patrick Wolf seems a changed man. Merging new rave sweat-tops with Thamesbeat mop-tops and grinning like an utter loon throughout the show, he’s...

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Patrick Wolf: Accident & Emergency

Patrick Wolf: Accident & Emergency

Patrick Wolf is what would happen if Conor ‘Bright Eyes’ Oberst (or one of those other winsome, teary-eyed Saddle Creek dudes) got lost in a nightclub somewhere around the start of electroclash and only found his way out of its labyrinthine...

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