Review: Patrick Wolf – Wind In The Wires
National Music Reviews
WIND IN THE WIRES
One moment you’re visiting the exotic world of Marc Almond’s cabaret, the next you’re The Divine Comedy channeling Morrissey at a piano bar, then you’re somewhere else and nowhere the same. There are acoustic guitars, strings, electronic grooves, beats and a whole heap of dramatics. Most artists would be content on establishing one sound and pushing it to the point of exhaustion before trying anything new. Patrick Wolf apparently has a small attention span. Fortunately he has the talent to keep it, for the most part, interesting. Sure it slows a bit towards the middle and the electroclash that burst out of “Jacobs Ladder” into “Tristan” seem completely out of place, but over-all the album works when it really has no right doing so. This is what I wanted Rufus Wainwright to sound like—Patrick Wolf would be worth all that hype.
This review originally appeared in Glitter Gutter Trash, February 2005, Issue 194.