Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. The Magic Position is a euphoric listening experience not even being a critic can spoil.
  3. 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.
  4. These tracks... show an entirely new side of Wolf: one that finally puts impeccable pop songcraft ahead of lachrymose keening.
  5. 82
    Fey, agonized chamber pop at its most tortuously fetching. [#25, p.90]
  6. Worth investigating. [Mar 2007, p.115]
  7. Even at his laziest, Wolf sounds vastly more intelligent, committed and interesting than his supposed rivals, and "The Magic Position" is full of heart, warmth and beauty.
  8. It’s easy to overlook a few fizzles in an album stuffed with fireworks.
  9. But so what if The Magic Position ends up creaking slightly under the weight of its own ambition – surely that’s better than settling for the norm?
  10. 80
    A lot of artists are creatively bankrupt by their third album. But being still only 23, you suspect Patrick Wolf is just coming into his own. [Mar 2007, p.99]
  11. A true work of genius by a true eccentric.
  12. 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.
  13. 80
    The third outstanding album of his career. [Mar 2007, p.103]
  14. The only missteps are when he tries to conjure the more dour sensibilities of his older works.... But they're tiny mistakes on an otherwise irrepressible and delightfully inventive pop album. [#17, p.88]
  15. 80
    His best full-length. [May 2007, p.98]
  16. Ranging from dense electronica to stark piano ballads to an amalgamation of indie pop, electronica, and concert orchestra, The Magic Position envisions a magical world where Wolf has everything he could ever want at his disposal.
  17. Rarely has spilling one's heart been such a colorful affair.
  18. While there aren't any downright bad tracks on The Magic Position, it does have several places where it seems to lose a bit of focus before honing back in on things again.
  19. Wolf's joy is contagious, and there's nothing remotely not awesome about him. [22 Mar 2007, p.80]
  20. Complex yet catchy, lush yet groomed, and organically digital, The Magic Position is how pop radio must sound to the brutally insane. [May 2007, p.63]
  21. 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.
  22. Wolf sometimes succeeds in emulating Kate Bush’s knack for combining the utterly bizarre with godlike musicianship, but sometimes he falls short.
  23. Detractors will complain that there's nothing to rival the brutal impact of his earlier recordings, but only towards the end does the new-found positivism grate.
  24. The Magic Position sounds laboured by the end. However, it's difficult not to respond to such delirious joie de vivre.
  25. 60
    The songs are about love and sex, but a hint of nihilism still lingers in Wolf's melodramatic vibrato. [May 2007, p.91]
  26. The Magic Position feel[s] more like a missed opportunity than a legitimate breakthrough album.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. seand
    Jul 29, 2007
    7
    starts off with some of the best songs of the year and energy to match then just kind of peters off around the middle and picks up slightly starts off with some of the best songs of the year and energy to match then just kind of peters off around the middle and picks up slightly at the end Full Review »
  2. PWolf
    Jul 25, 2007
    0
    I'm sorry I made such a shit record
  3. 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!