The Magic Position - Patrick Wolf
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  • Summary: Quirky, flamboyant, and young, English multi-instrumentalist Wolf makes his major-label debut with this third album of electro-folk-glam-rock. Marianne Faithfull guests.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Akin to Bowie's 'Hunky Dory', in its senseless but brilliant eclecticism.
  2. For anyone who has enjoyed even the briefest of flirtations with pop music, The Magic Position is as bold and captivating a record as you will surely hear all year.
  3. Rarely has spilling one's heart been such a colorful affair.
  4. Worth investigating. [Mar 2007, p.115]
  5. If you were looking for a new Bowie, Patrick Wolf is proving himself the Thin White Duke's successor in more than just his extravagant dress sense.
  6. The Magic Position loses a little focus near the end, but flashes of inspired lunacy like the jarring arrival of a spectral Marianne Faithfull on the spooky "Magpie" help to make this unpredictable collection of Victorian-peaked electro/folk-pop so hard to dislike.
  7. The Magic Position feel[s] more like a missed opportunity than a legitimate breakthrough album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. NikkiG
    Jul 11, 2007
    10
    Fun when it wants to be... yet convincingly serious when it wants to be as well. Very enjoyable to listen to!
  2. RobertD
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    after you remove the silly 1 minute songs.. the rest of the album is pure joy. only Of Montreals release is better this year.
  3. AlexE
    Jun 5, 2007
    10
    Pure Genius. He rocked Berlin. Shame he won't do concerts anymore by the end of the year.
  4. matta
    Mar 5, 2007
    9
    His most complete album to date. Very gorgeous and coherent. "The Magic Position" "Accident & Emergency" "Get Lost" and "The Stars" are just His most complete album to date. Very gorgeous and coherent. "The Magic Position" "Accident & Emergency" "Get Lost" and "The Stars" are just amazing. There are a few duds, but overall, this is great stuff. Only The Arcade Fire and Of Montreal are better so far this year. Expand
  5. CaseyR.Dubya
    Apr 18, 2007
    9
    That whole no other person making three great records before turning 23 is a bit bold. Kate Bush, Dylan, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder even That whole no other person making three great records before turning 23 is a bit bold. Kate Bush, Dylan, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder even Robert Plant, the Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Beatles and the Cure were rather young when they released their early material. Younger than 23 at least. Age is just recently coming up as a factor in music thanks to AMG's rather mediocre reviews of Artic Monkeys and Lily Allen saying they were too young and inexperienced. That's never been the case until people like Fiona Apple came out. Good music was excepted for what it was. Joan Baiz released her best work in her teens and it was accepted. Now age tends to be a downfall for new bands. They can't be taken seriously anymore. This is a great record not because of his youth but just because he's plain talented. Expand
  6. DavidK
    Mar 28, 2007
    8
    Not so good, not so good
  7. mikef
    May 8, 2007
    0
    caught his act warming up for a. winehouse at elect. factory in phila, pa last sat. night. boy did they stink the place up (i'd say caught his act warming up for a. winehouse at elect. factory in phila, pa last sat. night. boy did they stink the place up (i'd say "shit the bed", but that'd be gross). went hoping for something tolerable, but he's a really a very bad live act. to his credit, he seems to know it - mentioned amy's name six times. Expand

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