Lycanthropy (album)

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Studio album by Patrick Wolf
Released July 28, 2003
Recorded 1994-2002
Genre Folk, pop, folktronica
Length 51:30
Label Tomlab
Producer Patrick Wolf
Patrick Wolf chronology
The Patrick Wolf EP
(2002)The Patrick Wolf EP2002
Wind in the Wires
(2005)Wind in the Wires2005

Lycanthropy is the first studio album by English-Irish singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf and was recorded over the eight years between 1994 and 2002. It was critically acclaimed at the time of its release, as was his next effort, Wind in the Wires.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Prelude" – 1:31
  2. "Wolf Song" – 3:28
  3. "Bloodbeat" – 3:51
  4. "To the Lighthouse" – 4:04
  5. "Pigeon Song" – 3:34
  6. "Don't Say No" – 4:02
  7. "The Childcatcher" – 4:30
  8. "Demolition" – 6:06
  9. "London" – 3:54
  10. "Paris" – 4:44
  11. "Peter Pan" – 1:53
  12. "Lycanthropy" – 4:10
  13. "A Boy Like Me" – 3:28
  14. "Epilogue" – 2:06


The album has more sampling and distortion than Wolf's subsequent albums. Also, the album features acoustic guitar on a number of the tracks, an instrument Patrick would practically abandon on his later albums in favour of the baritone ukulele. Although has now began playing guitar more with his live performances.

Lyrical content[edit]

Some of the songs have a connection to wolves or werewolves, although not all are immediately apparent. A number of the songs have dark or "mature" undertones, such as the song "The Childcatcher", which tells the story of a boy targeted by a paedophile, and "Lycanthropy", which examines gender dysphoria through abstract lyrics.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
PlayLouder4/5 stars[4]
Stylus MagazineB—[5]
Almost Cool Music Reviews8/10 stars[6]

The album was met with positive reviews. Kenyon Hopkin describes the debut as "relentlessly resourceful, never failing to reveal a new instrument."[2] Dan Lett of Pitchfork praises the album, describing it as "folk-pop musings in lush blankets of violin, viola, harp and harpsichord, and tricks out the mix with aggressive electronic textures."[3] Lett compliments Wolf's vocals and "A Boy Like Me" as a thoughtful pop songs "for the ubiquitous dissolute youth."[3] Although Lett praises much of the album overall, he notes that the only complaint against the album is its lack of subtlety, "as it's possessed by a heady, pubescent intoxication that can result in some indiscriminate vocalizing."[3] Nick Southall from Stylus Magazine offers the most critical evaluation of the album with tongue-in-cheek references to Wolf's canine inspiration, but describes the album in general as "Bizarre and whimsical and freakish and compelling in equal measure."[5] A reviewer at Almost Cool Music reviews offers a similar interpretation of the album, citing it as "both literary and pretentious," but also describes it as one of the best debuts.[6] DIY writer George Boorman called Lycanthropy an "arty album of folktronica".[7]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Patrick Wolf". AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Hopkin, Kenyon. "Lycanthropy – Patrick Wolf". AllMusic. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lett, Dan (April 28, 2004). "Patrick Wolf: Lycanthrophy". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ PlayLouder review Archived November 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Southall, Nick (March 2, 2004). "Patrick Wolf – Lycanthropy – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Patrick Wolf: Lycanthrophy". Almost Cool Music Reviews. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Boorman, George (23 June 2011). "Patrick Wolf – House". DIY. Retrieved 1 October 2016.