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  • Summary: The fourth album for the British singer features Tilda Swinton as a guest artist.
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  1. When the dust settles around the closing notes of The Bachelor’s outro, 'The Messenger,' it’s clear that Wolf has achieved that rare artistic feat: total catharsis. And a beautiful batch of it, at that.
  2. 80
    It’s a ravishing production, and with a companion disc promised next year, feels like a fresh start for a brilliant career.
  3. Wolf's music has always held itself in reverence of a wild, untamed Mother Nature; and while The Bachelor is less organic and unfettered in its sonics than, say, the snap and crackle of Wind In The Wires, its message--to preserve all the things a broadband connection cannot provide for us--is clearer than ever.
  4. It's all gloriously indulgent--Wolf is one kook who should never try to resist his own kookiness.
  5. While The Bachelor is not a bad listen, it takes a little more energy to understand than seems fair for what it delivers.
  6. The Bachelor is the work of a hugely fertile imagination, skipping from the aforementioned Celtic folk to electro to glam, but one wonders how much more affecting Wolf might be if the grand passions were calmed down a little, the musical magpie impulses restrained a tad. For now, he's a little too much of a good thing.
  7. 40
    If you open your album with a song, 'Hard Times,' which rails against the mediocrity of the modern world, it might be worth ensuring it isn't the only tune out of 14 that sticks in the memory. [Jul 2009, p.105]

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