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The Conqueror
Studio album by Patrick Wolf
Genre Pop, Alternative rock
Label Bloody Chamber Music
Producer Patrick Wolf
Patrick Wolf chronology
The Spinster EP
The Conqueror

The Conqueror is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf.

Album information

The Conqueror was originally part of a double album entitled Battle, named for the Sussex town where he recorded the new material. On 19 February 2009, Wolf announced that Battle had been split into two releases, The Bachelor and The Conqueror.

The Bachelor was released on 1 June 2009 and The Conqueror will see release in 2010. Speaking of the decision to split the release into two albums rather than the double album, Wolf expressed the desire "not to overload people with too much".[1] He has since suggested that while The Bachelor was practically finished, he felt that there were still "a couple of songs or stories to be written for the second part".[2]

Speaking to Spinner in February 2009, Wolf explains that while "The Bachelor has themes of loneliness, hedonism, depression and melancholy...The Conqueror is all my depression being suddenly lifted by true love."[3]

On 3 July 2009, it was announced that Patrick agreed to work with Bandstocks again to fund The Conqueror, as was done with The Bachelor.

In an interview with Gay&Night magazine from The Netherlands in July 2009, it was revealed that Tilda Swinton will be appearing in some tracks on The Conqueror, as was the case on The Bachelor.

In an interview with The Times on 12 August 2009, Patrick confirmed that Groove Armada were collaborating with him on tracks for the album. Suggesting that the album would draw influences from Motown and disco, he described it as “not cheese, it’s happy, pornographic music. You can be quite experimental but produce anthems that people want to get married to, you know, have that first dance at a wedding thing. Music for your first kiss.”[4]

Track listing

A preview of The Bachelor was released on the Bandstocks website, and later featured on Wolf's MySpace page, entitled "Battle Megamix". The megamix featured two songs not found on The Bachelor, now presumed to appear on The Conqueror.

Confirmed songs are:

Live recordings on YouTube also suggest the following track titles:

  • "Time of My Life"[6]
  • "Armistice"[7]
  • "Nocturne"

Other speculated songs are:

  • "Together"
  • "The Halcyon"
  • "Wild Life"
  • "Divine Intervention"




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