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I'm quite ashamed that this was the second album of Patrick Wolf's I came to. However, I was so in love with Wind in the Wires I didn't give buying Lycanthropy a second thought. And I'm glad too.
I'll admit that it is somewhat more difficult to listen to than Wind in the Wires. Wolf is a lot more experimental, frank and clearly still finding his feet. But I like it that way; music is always better when it comes from somebody more human.
If anything this album is much more raw, and if anything the gap between folk and electro is wider here, with most songs being more one way or the other. There is a certain griminess to tracks such as Demolition and The Childcatcher, and then a melancholy prettiness to Wolf Song and Pigeon Song, all of which are written and created with heart, a beautiful narrative that flows from track to track with blissful ease.
I will admit some of the electro music is somewhat uncomfortable in parts, but in time I have come to accept it as just part of Wolfs style, juxtaposing a beautiful lyric with a difficult musical sound, almost making the listener have to really work to appreciate the music.
For a first time listener, I would defiantly recommend Wind in the Wires first, simply to get your footing! This is probably my least favourite album out of the four Wolf has released, but that's not saying much as I listen to all of them at least once a week!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Wolf song
4 To The Lighthouse
5 Pigeon Song
6 don't Say No
7 The Childcatcher
11 Peter Pan
13 A Boy Like Me