The Bachelor

The Bachelor

by Patrick Wolf


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2009
Label: Nylon Records
UPC: 0851396002150
catalogNumber: 215

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
Jenny LaTouche   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Sokell   Choir, Chorus
Fiona Brice   Conductor
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
Thomas White   Guitar
Imelda Apps   Spoons
Chinique Blackwood   Choir, Chorus
Rose Marie   Irish Whistle
Amy Stead   Choir, Chorus
Marcello Vig   Drums,Bodhran,Cahones
Tim Wells   Cello
Helen Rathbone   Cello

Technical Credits

Eliza Carthy   Arranger
Matthew Herbert   Programming,Producer
Alec Empire   Composer,Programming,Producer
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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