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  • Summary: Patrick Wolf re-recorded some tracks from his various releases, with the double album split with darker songs on one side and the more hopeful tracks on the other.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
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  1. Oct 18, 2012
    90
    He's an outsider and the best thing about this marvellous compilation, however lush the sound and however catchy the melodies, is that it does absolutely nothing to change that.
  2. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    One day the mainstream is going to claim him and he'll lose a little something, but for now he's still the prince of the misfits and the martyrs, the waifs and the strays, Sundark and Riverlight is him at his distilled best, tears in his eyes, glitter on his cheeks, tragic, magnificent, ours.
  3. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    In drawing together all his disparate styles in to one distinct context, [Wolf] might have created his most accomplished album yet: albeit one that is a little too long, and rather in love with itself.
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    65
    He's an artist who thrives on crashing ambitions, and has undertaken his most over the top project to date with Sundark and Riverlight.
  5. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    As an experiment in revisionism, the results are mixed. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  6. Oct 11, 2012
    60
    It's hard to shake the feeling, though, that it's all a bit self-indulgent. These rewrites, though confident, are as much a curiosity as anything else, more an exercise in shape and form than an improvement.
  7. Oct 11, 2012
    40
    When it works – as on the heartbreaking 'Together' and a barrelling 'The Magic Position' – it highlights his gifts as a songwriter, but on the dreary 'Bitten' and a seemingly endless 'Vulture' it makes you long for something simpler to mark his brilliance.

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