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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Patrick Wolf
The Bachelor
Nylon

Rating: 8/10 ?


August 3, 2009
Like fellow precocious musician Conor Oberst, Patrick Wolf's career path has been hard to pin down, yet his is one that's arguably far more dramatic. Wolf's evolution from bedroom multi-instrumentalist to dark folk minstrel to pop fop is jarring to say the least, but it seems the British prodigy has finally come to terms with all of his musical personas on The Bachelor.
While egotism and excess shined in kaleidoscopic form on 2007's surprising The Magic Position, Wolf's latest entry is so far the purest testament to the artist's creativity. Bridging his classical upbringing and Celtic folk adoration with digital sonics and rock influence, Wolf appears pretty intent on inciting movement from the start with "Hard Times," which features his signature violin slithering through guitar and drums as Wolf's vibratos and wails anchor the tune. Follow-up track "Oblivion" is no less upbeat, segueing from a hint of crunk into electro-rock while leadoff single "Vulture" is a brilliant, blaring wink at new-wave.
But Wolf, ever so self-aware, makes The Bachelor's most intimate moments its most powerful ones, where the frivolity stops and the artist reverts to his eccentric, idealistic nature. He finds an appropriate foil in actress Tilda Swinton on four tracks including "Theseus," where her hushed passages sound like ghostly echoes of Wolf's theatrical delivery. Still, it's the barebones ballad "The Sun Is Often Out" that surprisingly provides Bachelor's most profound moment with just a simple combination of Wolf's emotive strains, some dark keys and crying violins. It goes to show that behind all the vamping, posturing and experimenting, this 26-year old bachelor is just a romantic at heart.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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