Album: Patrick Wolf, Lupercalia (Mercury / Hideout)
Sunday 19 June 2011
A billion banalities have been written and sung in the name of "love", so it takes a special kind of artist to infuse that word with freshness and vitality.
Patrick Wolf, who is pictured inside the booklet of his fifth album with a heart-shaped bindi painted between his eyebrows, is the man for the task. Mustering all the positivity that befits a man set to enter a civil partnership with his boyfriend, Lupercalia sees the multi-talented Mr Wolf moving away from the sometimes-dark territories of The Bachelor back in the direction of his pop classic The Magic Position.
The sound is paradoxically lavish but understated: string sections and pianos are ever-present but always subtle. The one thing that's unfailingly extravagant is Wolf's sense of melody, from the strident "Time of My Life" to the gentle "The Days". The perfect soundtrack for early summer, and all the possibilities it holds.
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 2 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Mr Selfridge series 3: Actress Kara Tointon says 'we're starting to see his demise'
Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors
Downton Abbey season 5 episode 6 - review: Thomas and Lady Edith show sad signs of the times
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party