The Magic Position

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The Magic Position
Studio album by Patrick Wolf
Released 26 February 2007
Genre Folktronica, indietronica
Length 40:49
Label Loog Records
Producer Patrick Wolf
Patrick Wolf chronology
Wind in the Wires
(2005)
The Magic Position
(2007)
The Bachelor
(2009)
Singles from The Magic Position
  1. "Accident & Emergency"
    Released: 23 October 2006
  2. "Bluebells"
    Released: 1 January 2007
  3. "The Magic Position"
    Released: 26 March 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars [2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]
NME 8/10 stars[4]
No Ripcord 6/10 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[6]
Playlouder 8/10 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine (A)[9]
This Is Fake DIY 4/5 stars[10]

The Magic Position is the third studio album by English-Irish singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf. It was released on 26 February 2007. The album features collaborations with Marianne Faithfull and Edward Larrikin of Larrikin Love as well as backing vocals by Wolf's sister Jo Apps and also bass and alto clarinet instrumentation by Derek Apps. The album was preceded by the singles "Accident & Emergency" and "Bluebells". Video performances of "Augustine" and "Bluebells" can be freely downloaded, along with older songs and interviews, on the Patrick Wolf podcast in the iTunes Store.

Music critics and Wolf himself have noted that this album marks a departure from the musical style of his previous two albums, with this one being more pop-oriented. He cites Boney M and Giorgio Moroder as influences.[11] Slant Magazine named The Magic Position the best album of 2007.[12]

Critical Response[edit]

The Magic Position received general acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 27 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Overture" – 4:40
  2. "The Magic Position" – 3:53
  3. "Accident & Emergency" – 3:17 (featuring Edward Larrikin)
  4. "The Bluebell" – 1:11
  5. "Bluebells" – 5:17
  6. "Magpie" – 3:57 (featuring Marianne Faithfull)
  7. "X" – 1:05
  8. "Augustine" – 4:19
  9. "Secret Garden" – 1:49
  10. "Get Lost" – 3:17
  11. "Enchanted" – 2:07
  12. "The Stars" – 3:51
  13. "Finale" – 1:57
Digital download
  1. "The Marriage" – 2:46
UK enhanced edition
  1. "Bluebells" (music video)
Japanese edition
  1. "Underworld"
  2. "Adder"
  3. "Ari's Song" (Misprinted as "Ali's Song")
  4. "The Marriage"
  5. "Accident & Emergency" (music video)
  6. "The Magic Position" (music video)
Canadian edition
  1. "The Childcatcher" (live)
  2. "Luna & Libertine" (live)

Singles[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2007 US Top Heatseekers 42[14]
UK Albums Chart 46[15]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher, James (26 February 2007). "The Magic Position - Patrick Wolf". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ Dobson, Gareth (26 February 2007). "Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ Dave Simpson (23 February 2007). "CD: Patrick Wolf, The Magic Position | Music | The Guardian". London: Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position". Nme.Com. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ "Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position - Music Review". No Ripcord. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Playlouder MSP Music Service". Playlouder.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  8. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=1107
  9. ^ "Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  10. ^ "Oooops". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  11. ^ Lindsay, Cam (May 2007). "The Amorphous Patrick Wolf". Exclaim!. p. 15. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  12. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/features/2007yearinmusic.asp
  13. ^ Billboard.com - Discography - Patrick Wolf - Get Lost
  14. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Patrick Wolf
  15. ^ Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position - Music Charts