Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Album Review by Chris Buckle | 31 May 2011
  • Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
Album title: Lupercalia
Artist: Patrick Wolf
Label: Hideout/Mercury
Release date: 20 Jun

 

What’s in a name? In the case of Patrick Wolf’s fifth record, quite a lot. The Bachelor disappointed, its harsher edge simultaneously alienating both those faithful to his earliest releases, and newer fans enamoured by the upbeat pop of The Magic Position. It started life as a double album, and after splitting the material, Wolf announced part two - The Conqueror – would soon follow. But the sister release never materialised, instead reconfigured as Lupercalia – named after a Roman festival but with clear etymological ties to debut Lycanthropy. And, as the rechristening suggests, any trace of his belligerent cyber-goth phase is dissipated, with new single The City effectively demonstrating a ruling dynamic of simple melodies rendered in unashamedly anthemic fashion. This isn’t an attention-grabbing reinvention, but a natural step forward, and while it won’t please those still pining after another Wind in the Wires, it’s got class to spare. [Chris Buckle]

 

Playing T in the Park, Balado on 12 Jul

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