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Yes, I’m sorry, I got my hands on an album early though less-than golden means. I know music typically isn’t the domain of this blog, in fact, I’m pretty positive that there hasn’t been a single album review posted at all, unless someone slipped one in after catching wind of my password.
The album in question? Patrick Wolf’s “The Bachelor,” a long-anticipated, formerly-double album that sees everyone’s favorite musical bizzaro adopting yet another persona. This time, he’s not trying to be a sort of twisted pop maniac like he was on his last release, “The Magic Position,” nor is he trying to express his coming-of-age through twisted and often foul imagery, as he often did in his debut, “Lycanthropy.” Instead, he’s taking a more grand approach, with the album taking the theme of epic battles, both grand and external, with swords clashing, and internal, with the burden of artistic expression and self-doubt sitting heavy throughout the album.
The problem with “The Bachelor” is that it’s not overtly brilliant, there are few moments on the album which will either make your hair stand on end like previous songs like “The Libertine” or wow you with their popish simplicity “The Magic Position” being the best example of this. (save for the thoroughly brilliant ode “Theseus,” a re-telling of the myth of the minataur and the hero’s selfish journey through life, attaining glory and compassion for himself…all c0-narrated by actress Tilda Swinton!)