Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Just heard the new Patrick Wolf album for the first time. Have to say when Hard Times (the album's first song proper) started playing I was apprehensive, but as the album rolled out (with a helping hand from Tilda Swinton's narration..) it became clear that he hasn't disappointed - there is plenty of the Patrick Wolf of old despite his promised darker side, and I'm sure the album will grow on me even more with a few more listens. In a weird way it kind of sounded like a cross between pagan folk music and a weird 90s sci-fi film soundtrack. With lots of strings. However, this listening may have been influenced by the cover art. There's certainly lots of variety, with heavy riffs (!) and battle chanting on, er, Battle, and a beautiful choir on The Sun is Often Out. I'm sure it'll be on repeat on my ipod before long.