Year of the Wolf

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Year of the Wolf
Year of the Wolf by Nerina Pallot.jpg
Studio album by Nerina Pallot
Released 13 June 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Label Geffen Records
Nerina Pallot chronology
The Graduate
(2009)The Graduate2009
Year of the Wolf
The Sound and The Fury
(2015)The Sound and The Fury2015
Singles from Year of the Wolf
  1. "Put Your Hands Up"
    Released: 23 May 2011
  2. "Turn Me On Again"
    Released: 22 August 2011
  3. "All Bets Are Off"
    Released: 30 January 2012

Year of the Wolf is the fourth album by British singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot. It was released on 13 June 2011.[1] The first single is the track "Put Your Hands Up".[2] Popjustice called the song "an understated yet patently brilliant tune" and "highly addictive".[3]

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #31.

Background and recording[edit]

After self-releasing her third album The Graduate, Nerina returned to a major label, Geffen Records, for the release of Year of the Wolf. The album's title comes from her son, Wolfie, with whom she was pregnant during the recording of the album. In an interview with the BBC, Nerina said that her pregnancy affected both the physical recording of the song, making it more difficult to sing, and also its emotional content, particularly the song "History Boys". Talking of that song, she said "there's a human sadness and tragedy at the heart of [war]. And that's what I was trying to describe in the song - loss. The senseless loss of young lives." On whether or not there was a thematic link between that and her anti-war song "Everybody's Gone to War", she said that "on a personal level, I feel less angry, more sad."[4]

The lead single "Put Your Hands Up" was originally written for Kylie Minogue's album Aphrodite. The track was ultimately rejected (although two other Pallot penned tracks "Aphrodite" and "Better than Today" made the final cut). Minogue's album did include a track with the title "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (written by Starsmith and Nervo), but this has no connection to the Pallot song.


Professional ratings
Review scores
NME6/10 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]

The album received generally positive reviews from fans and critics alike, many complimenting the more mature sound and direction.

Track listing[edit]

1."Put Your Hands Up"Nerina Pallot, Andy Chatterley3:28
2."Turn Me on Again"Pallot3:42
3."All Bets Are Off"Pallot4:12
4."If I Lost You Now"Pallot2:54
6."This Will Be Our Year"Pallot4:26
7."I Think"Pallot3:44
8."Will You Still Love Me"Pallot2:51
9."I Do Not Want What I Do Not Have"
  • Pallot
  • Linda Perry
  • Pallot
  • Steve McEwan
11."History Boys"Pallot3:35


  1. ^ "Nerina Pallot". Nerina Pallot. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  2. ^ "Nerina Pallot To Release New Single in May: "Put Your Hands Up"". MuuMuse. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  3. ^ "Nerina Pallot - 'Put Your Hands Up'". Popjustice. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  4. ^ Savage, Mark (3 June 2011). "Nerina Pallot on how pregnancy influenced her new album". BBC. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ BBC Review of Nerina Pallot Year of the Wolf
  8. ^ AllMusic review of Nerina Pallot Year of the Wolf