The Bachelor

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Immaculately coiffed London-based glam-dance antihero Patrick Wolf's fourth album picks right up where 2007's Magic Position left off, albeit with a darker palette of colors to paint from. Wolf's penchant for brooding British folk melodies pasted into a nightmarish cradle of apocalyptic techno-chicanery has never been more manipulative than on The Bachelor. Where Magic Position was light beating back darkness, The Bachelor is revolution succumbing to chaos. Taking a cue from all three of his previous releases, Wolf's theatricality can be smothering, especially on the album's first half. Opening with a flurry of white noise ("Kriegspiel") that essentially goes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Immaculately coiffed London-based glam-dance antihero Patrick Wolf's fourth album picks right up where 2007's Magic Position left off, albeit with a darker palette of colors to paint from. Wolf's penchant for brooding British folk melodies pasted into a nightmarish cradle of apocalyptic techno-chicanery has never been more manipulative than on The Bachelor. Where Magic Position was light beating back darkness, The Bachelor is revolution succumbing to chaos. Taking a cue from all three of his previous releases, Wolf's theatricality can be smothering, especially on the album's first half. Opening with a flurry of white noise ("Kriegspiel") that essentially goes nowhere, The Bachelor launches strong with first single "Hard Times," a full-throttle classically charged anthem that will feel familiar to those who found their way to Wolf through songs like "The Libertine" or "Accident & Emergency." A similar approach is taken on songs like "Oblivion" and "Battle" -- the latter would have fit comfortably on any of the post-BrokenNine Inch Nails albums -- but it's the quieter numbers that garner the biggest emotional response. Tracks like "Thickets," "The Sun Is Often Out," and the slow-building title cut deftly straddle the line between maturity and defiance, striking a natural balance that calls to mind the lush chamber pop of Antony and the Johnsons. Wolf has often stated that he has no allegiance to styles when it comes to recording, but The Bachelor feels most alive when it's wallowing in its own dusky ruin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5051083043540
  • Catalog Number: 852917
  • Sales rank: 313,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kriegspiel (0:46)
  2. 2 Hard Times (3:33)
  3. 3 Oblivion (3:23)
  4. 4 The Bachelor (3:13)
  5. 5 Damaris (5:28)
  6. 6 Thickets (4:07)
  7. 7 Count of Casualty (5:03)
  8. 8 Who Will? (3:31)
  9. 9 Vulture (3:22)
  10. 10 Blackdown (5:21)
  11. 11 The Sun Is Often Out (3:33)
  12. 12 Theseus (4:40)
  13. 13 Battle (3:06)
  14. 14 The Messenger (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrick Wolf Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Balalaika, Conductor, Harmonium, Viola, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, farfisa organ, electronics, Soloist, Appalachian Dulcimer, Piano (Grand), Baritone Ukulele
David Coulter Saw
Ivan Hussey Cello
Stephen Hussey Violin
Tilda Swinton Narrator
Eliza Carthy Fiddle, Vocals, Tribal Vocals
Matthew Herbert Synthesizer
Alec Empire Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, electronics
Thomas Bloch Glass Harmonica, Ondes Martenot, Cristal Bachet
Helena Rathbone Cello
Jenny LaTouche Choir, Chorus
Aaron Sokell Choir, Chorus
Fiona Brice Conductor
Tom White Guitar
Louisa Aldridge Violin
Nick Haward Bass, Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Gillon Cameron Violin
Sarah Button Violin
Lucy Morgan Viola
Jo Apps Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Derek Apps Bass, Bass Clarinet, Alto Clarinet
Emma Owens Viola
Edward Larrikin Tribal Vocals
Victoria Sutherland Violin, Tribal Vocals
Waleed Issacs Choir, Chorus
Fiona Leggat Viola
Imelda Apps Spoons
Chinique Blackwood Choir, Chorus
Rose Marie Irish Whistle
Amy Stead Choir, Chorus
Marcello Vig Drums, Bodhran, Cahones
Tim Wells Cello
Technical Credits
Eliza Carthy Arranger
Matthew Herbert Programming, Producer
Alec Empire Composer, Programming, Producer
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Thomas Bloch Arranger
Fiona Brice String Arrangements
Jonathan Shakhovskoy Programming, Producer
Warren Du Preez Artwork
Patrick Wolf Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
Nick Thornton Jones Artwork
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