Lupercalia

  • Record Label: Mercury
  • Release Date: May 30, 2011
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 20, 2011
    90
    The fact that Wolf stands little chance of displacing Rihanna or Adele shouldn't preempt our appreciation of what he's accomplished with this album, which is to shake off his unseemly solipsism and turn out his most catchy and engaging batch of songs in one concise effort.
  2. Jun 10, 2011
    90
    Listening to the joyous simplicity inherent in the album's mood, you get the feeling that love, for all its pitfalls, really is the simplest thing in the world to feel; you need only to be inside your house, the city without, the falcons overhead, the days stretching off into the future, and listen.
  3. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    Lupercalia's highly melodic but still resolutely exuberant nature indicates that Wolf's newfound positive outlook on life definitely seems to suit him.
  4. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    On his fifth album, he seizes the mainstream jugular with a lushly romantic, brightly orchestrated and delightfully optimistic collection of epic love songs.
  5. 80
    It was a coming together of people and community, and it's therefore fitting that Lupercalia the album is a celebration too.
  6. The perfect soundtrack for early summer, and all the possibilities it holds.
  7. Jun 16, 2011
    80
    It wouldn't be a Patrick Wolf album without the occasional venture over the top, and it's a hard heart that wouldn't forgive the occasional lapse in the face of a charm offensive so strong. Happiness suits him: you can only hope the British public agree.
  8. Jun 9, 2011
    80
    The fabric of the songs seems imbued with joy, and it's testament to the quality of the songwriting that you don't feel alienated by what are incredibly personal lyrics. It's an all-inclusive love in, basically, and all the better for it.
  9. Q Magazine
    Jun 7, 2011
    80
    It might not be new, but Wolf's delicate delivery ensures that it's never anything anything less than irresistibly romantic. [Jun 2011, p125]
  10. Jun 20, 2011
    70
    Fans may miss Wolf's habitual genre-hopping and eccentricity, but this is mature and compelling stuff. His best so far.
  11. Jun 16, 2011
    70
    It might tend more towards solid songwriting than reinvention, and might not quite reach the heights of lunatic brilliance of its predecessor, but as far as most people's dream of what a proper pop album should be, Lupercalia certainly comes closer than most.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    7
    Patrick Wolf is in love, and that's not a bad thing, however, it's has made for a very different album from him than we're used to.Patrick Wolf is in love, and that's not a bad thing, however, it's has made for a very different album from him than we're used to. Regardless, this is a great, polished, catchy pop album and his vocals are spot on. The reason I'm giving this a 7, which is by no means negative, is that the turmoil isn't here, which Mr. Wolf has provided effortlessly over the years that's made for some dark music that grows on the listener over time. Not to mention a dedicated fan base. "Time of my Life" is the stand out track here, and sure enough, the only one that's melancholy. There are definitely other stand out's such as "House", "Together" and "The City", which are pop songs at their best, filled with expressions of love that are hands down lyrically and musically more intricate than the average top 40 artist. Kudos to him for tackling the main stream from a different angle and giving us a very listenable, pleasant album to add to his catalog. That said, I'm looking forward to the break up album. Full Review »