Single Review: Patrick Wolf – The City

By on Thursday, 17th March 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

I consider myself not the biggest but a pretty massive fan of Patrick Wolf. I have a great memory of buying ‘The Magic Position’ album from the Virgin Records megastore in London Piccadilly (RIP), and while I like the other albums (‘Wind in the Wires’ was a really important album for me), I really love ‘The Magic Position’ because of its optimistic, forward-looking, love themes. Patrick was in love when he recorded that happy album then and reportedly, he’s in love again now in 2011, so it’s not too far a stretch of the imagination that this new album coming out in April, ‘Lupercalia’, could be of a similar vein.

Here’s an offering from ‘Lupercalia’ in the form of the single ‘The City’. The video is interesting in that the camera pans from skyscrapers to the seaside before staying by the sea for the majority of the song. Patrick is a London boy born and bred, but I’m happy to see him and his new buddies embracing the sun and surf. While some of Patrick’s fans are saying he’s sold out with a commercial sound, I disagree. The strength of his songwriting hasn’t changed a bit. He’s shown with singles like ‘Accident and Emergency’ and ‘Tristan’ that he can write compelling pop songs. Embrace this song and its sentiment: when Patrick Wolf is in love, the whole world should be in love. If only real life was as carefree as this, every day.

8.5/10

‘The City’ is available now. Patrick Wolf is touring the UK later this month – details here.

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