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Want One

Rufus Wainwright

2003

Want One
Album Summary

Want One is the third studio album by the Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, released through DreamWorks Records on September 23, 2003. The album was produced by Marius de Vries and mixed by Andy Bradfield, with Lenny Waronker as the executive in charge of production. Want One spawned two singles: "I Don't Know What It Is", which peaked at number 74 on the UK Singles Chart, and "Oh What a World". The album charted in three countries, reaching number 60 on the Billboard 200, number 130 in France, and number 77 in the Netherlands. Want One features guest vocals from Martha Wainwright, Joan Wasser, Teddy Thompson and Linda Thompson, as well as a banjo solo on "14th Street" by Wainwright's mother Kate McGarrigle. For the album, Wainwright won the award for Outstanding Music Artist at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards, won Best New Recording and received a nomination for Best Songwriter at the OutMusic Awards, and was nominated for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize. It was the first part of what was intended to be a double album called Want. The second part, Want Two, was released the following year. Want One was later repackaged along with Want Two as a two-disc set titled Want and was released on November 28, 2005 in the UK to coincide with Wainwright's tour.

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2.94

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Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter

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Fri Jul 21 2023
1

Sounds like the marketing department opted to keep me out of the target audience for this one.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
4

I wasn't sure what to expect from a Rufus "the Hallelujah guy" Wainwright, but this definitely exceeded my expectations. It has many sounds to be later found in later alt / indie music of the next few years. Specifically reminiscent of artists like Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens. Really excellent songwriting with a lot of eccentric charm throughout the different styles. Heartfelt and theatrical, bits of whimsy intercede with deep emotion. Put it on early thinking it'd be casual but it really gripped me while listening

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Fri Jul 28 2023
3

Something disgustingly beautiful about the way he sings and the way these songs are orchestrated. I can appreciate it but it's not something I will likely choose to listen to. One of my favorite parts was the very end of "Harvester of Hearts" when he says "that's all you're getting tonight" then laughs that goofy strange laugh. It felt like a glimpse behind a lush facade to something that is hiding behind meticulously crafted prose and arrangement - something that I'm more interested in seeing that what's being shown.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
2

So emotional that I get the feeling That this is Music for People with no feeling, for those who do not listen to music but get these 1 or 2 recommendations per year they completely dig. CD rack holds 27 albums.

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Sun Nov 19 2023
4

Not bad at all. Never listened to him before. A little much in parts. Kind of Nilsson in parts. A little like Thom Yorke but more theatrical. Go or Go Ahead is great! Sounds a bit like a Radiohead song. Overall pretty good! At least a 3.5. Cover is weird though.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
1

what a great album of awful songs!

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Wed Jan 31 2024
1

I listened for a few tracks, lost interest, shut it off and didn’t feel bad about it, because this album has been removed from the book.

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Sat Jul 15 2023
5

Exceptional. I loved every song on this. Jericho was a personal favorite.

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Sun Nov 05 2023
5

A great flowering of talent here, it seems. Rich and lush and layered and interesting – "breathtaking, eccentric opulence" is about right. A criticism might be that it all runs together a bit, in tempo and mood and excess layering, but how enjoyable and engaging it all is along the way and the combo of ambition/vision and fearless execution/willingness to go for it on every cut seems borderline genius. It’s a steady flow from strength to strength, with every cut registering – “Oh What a World” is a strong opener and great mood-setter, “Vicious World” and “Movies of Myself” keep things moving in rich cinematic fashion, And then what a sequence from the power of intense “Go or Go Ahead” to the yearning “Vibrate” to the rollicking “14th Street” to the legit-lovely “Natasha” to the wry “Harvester of Hearts” – RW leaves nothing on the table (hard to believe another record is coming). “Want” is beautiful, too, with the strong “11:11” and the riveting (if maybe overwrought) “Dinner at 8” make for an extraordinary (and fitting) close. Maybe it’s a little weak vocally, with a one-note style that throws up the same modulations and tics at every song. And it’s not hard to see how the overall feel might be overly dramatic for some tastes (not to mention excessively multi-tracked and overly instrumented/orchestrated). But the payoff is there, song after song after song. One expects to build a long-term relationship with this record (and its twin, which is nearly – but not quite – as excellent) as they have already repaid multiple listenings and definitively give off the air of a masterpiece.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
1

My grocery store needs new music. I will suggest this.

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Fri Aug 11 2023
5

got better and better the more i listened to it. beautiful lyrics! first track kinda reminds me of FUN.'s music

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

Great album. One of the best two-song openers of any album I've heard. Movies of Myself, 14th Street, Go or Go Ahead are also great. The inbetweeners also have a lot to offer. Well done, everybody.

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

This one really worked for me. Every song is expertly crafted, expansive, and poetic. It's night and day compared to the second entry. Best track: Oh What A World

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Wed Sep 27 2023
5

Distinto, místico, mágico. Para mí este siempre fue un disco perfecto de punta a punta.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

Interesting, very different to any kind of music that I have listened to before. Very funky but enjoyable to listen to.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Even though I listened to Want Two first, this is The Return of the King

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Now THIS is how you pop a baroque.

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Fri Nov 17 2023
5

Dásemd! Hvílík rödd! Hvílíkar laga- og textasmíðar! Elsk <3

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Wed Dec 20 2023
5

Never heard of him before, but I'm now a big fan.

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Sat Dec 23 2023
5

Wonderful - like a warm hug on a cold day. An artist I have never appreciated before this, but now have a huge admiration for. A great voice, interesting songs (lyrically and musically) - all round, a brilliant album

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

I wasn't overly familiar with Rufus Wainwright coming into this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The opening song is fantastic with the marching band sound going behind the lyrics. And it just gets better. Really one of my favorite albums thus far.

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Sat Jan 06 2024
5

Pretty darned lovely. 4.5 stars... Oh. what the heck, give him 5.

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Sun Jan 07 2024
5

Þessi plata er ógeðslega góð. Við fyrstu hlustun er þetta ekki rödd sem ætti að ná til mín, en hún gerir það nú bara samt. Productionin íburðarmikil en aldrei of, og lögin eru góð, sum hver geggjuð. Óskiljanlegt að hann sé ekki stærra nafn.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

simply lovely. i love this style of music.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

Oh good, so Want One was in the book at one point. I am very clear that they kept the wrong one in, Want Two is not a patch on this. Incoming message from the Big Giant Head - "this is The best album ever made containing a reference to Third Rock from the Sun." Not a big Rufus fan tbh, but I was introduced to this album a few years back and for me it's a masterpiece. Very much enjoyed the performance he did of this with BBC Phil a couple of months ago also. I see a review call him Rufus 'Hallelujah' Wainwright which I thought odd as there's at least 3 other artists I think of for that song before him, not sure I've heard his version much at all. This record appeals to the side of me that loves the Divine Comedy - indeed the central chord progression in Go or Go Ahead massively reminds me of the Certainty of Chance. But wider than that the general vibe and sweeping instrumentation really scratches something for me. Gloriously overblown from the off, occasionally evoking a stage musical, and delivered beautifully. Most obviously with the bolero of Oh What a World. The voice described as Broadway meets Thom Yorke pretty much nails it. Also a rare example of a really long album which I wouldn't drop a song from. Honestly it's the only record he's done which I like, but I bloody love it. Favourites, Beautiful Child, Go or Go Ahead, 14th Street.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Me ha gustado bastante...se parecían a panic at the disco

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Sun Feb 25 2024
5

I haven't listened to this in years, I had forgotten how good it is.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

Oh What A World I don't know what it is Vicious World Big drama, ali nježne i zanimljive stvari.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

I haven't actually made it all the way through this album yet, despite starting it about 5 times. The opening track hooks me in and I want to keep teasing it apart, so I start back at track 1 after every interruption. I'm enjoying Rufus's voice, and the contrasts between vocal and instrumentation on various tracks. Some of the harmonies are wonderfully unexpected. An album to return to, and an artist to explore.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

I was familiar with this album back in the day. It was good to return to this! The two opening numbers are exquisite, and the rest of the album is pretty darn good as well.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

Oh, I'm so glad this one's on the list. I became a fan of this album after hearing Beautiful Child in a movie. That's still a favorite, along with What a World and 11:11. I like Wainwright's whole deal.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

Oh yeah, I know Rufus Wainwright. Wait, looking at the cover, maybe I don't. Oh yeah, I am familiar with this sound. Wait, maybe I don't know what I am talking about at all. Whatever, it was pretty amazing!

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

I love the lyrics, the music, the voice. One I want to keep listening to. Wonderful!

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Wed Mar 20 2024
5

I like the guy - similar vein to Sufjan Stevens although more emotive and theatrical. Loads of references to other songs throughout. Other than Poses, not listened to one of his albums all the way through. A bit samey but I think this is partially due to how he sings - the orchestration and songwriting are fantastic. On the fence between a 4 and 5. Feeling kind.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
5

For want two I said I enjoyed it but wouldn't go back (and I haven't) but I'll definitely go back to this. It was still a singer songwriter version of Thom Yorke in parts but also reminded me of Jeff Buckley and Beirut. The classical influences were a bit too thick in parts, preferred it when it was a bit more indie. Otherwise a really good album. 4.5

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Wed Mar 20 2024
5

Adored everything about this. It made me very emotional. The variety and layers to this really got me. I'm going to want to dedicate time to dig deeper into this.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
5

Delicate and brash, pulling from a wide array of genres. Lyrically playful and vocally enticing, the songs ebb and flow throughout. A beautiful album

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

I've enjoyed Rufus from afar for years, but have never listened to a full album. Marvellous, heartfelt, theatrical, passionate, and vintage are all words that come to mind, and it all comes together in such a uniquely rich and unique way. Love it.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

I discovered Rufus through Elton John, who recommended him in an interview in his beginnings. I loved him in many of his songs! Thanks, Reg!

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Thu Apr 25 2024
5

Amazing listen. Vocals, melody, lyrics. Emotional waves and one great song follows another.

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Fri May 17 2024
5

One of my faves. Perfect baroque pop.

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Thu May 30 2024
5

Unique Rêveries. like listening to someone's beautiful secret. Rich full colourful art rock that's gently theatrical and cinematic but also too personal for those descriptors . An assemblage that at times reaches intensity thats almost excessive but makes you want to hang on and let it expand your capabilities ... It may span too varied a range to truly hang together as an album, as it feels more like a compilation of rapidly evolving styles, but maybe that is Rufus, nothing is the same as the last and there isn't a particular style, just a voice and talent doing the work and sharing the lyrics.... or maybe these are just emotions and not enduring moods that he wishes to share: like pages from a poetry book.... Because then... he drops in a slow ballad stripped down and pours the shining gleaming weight of his story into your upturned palms. More intimate and personal than anything I've heard in a long time. And so lyrical and beautiful. He has a voice. I think it's unique in warmth and that singular reediness, a soaring Karen Carpenter in a male voice. Oh how O hope he holds this together and evolves and performs like. Happy to reminded of this artist.

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Fri May 31 2024
5

Beautiful album. First time hearing him.

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Fri Jun 14 2024
5

abi ben cok begendim cidden tekrar kesin dinlicem en sevdigim sarkı go or go ahead

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Mon Jul 17 2023
4

Pop with super dense and complex layering. His vocals are like Broadway meets Thom Yorke.

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Tue Jul 18 2023
4

Liked it more than I thought. Wanted to check him out much earlier, always think of Hallelujah and Shrek when I read his name. But this was refreshingly thoughtful, the album. Dreamy, thought-provoking... I liked the atmosphere. Some of the notes about the making of the songs resonated with me. + Oh What A World + I Don't Know What It Is + Vicious World + Vibrate + Harvester of Hearts + Want

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Wed Jul 26 2023
4

peut etre un peu long mais j’ai dormi donc pas un problème

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

very good album, I would rate a 4.5. Enjoyed the varied style and sound! Reminded me of Kevin Max

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

First song is really great. I love this orchestral build up. It made me hyped up for the rest of the album and "Go or go ahead" and "14th street" were the only ones that were up to the challenge. The rest was dissapointing, vastly different in terms of atmosphere and boring. I would love shorter album with development based on ideas more similair to that from mentioned songs. In my opinion 5/5 album would be possible. But with all things considered it is 3.6/5

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

I'd really like to rate it 5, because there are some 5 star songs, but inbetween them there are some others that are not quite so brilliant. I wouldn't say they're bad, but simply forgettable

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

Once Rufus sang "Still, I think I'm doing fine". Yes, he's doing fine, the album is nice. The first part is much better than the end, the album could be shorter. It was a pleasure to hear, I think I'll forget about it quickly. 3.5/5

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Sat Jul 29 2023
4

I think I got the second half of this quite a ways back and I'm wondering what I said about it. I liked this, he's clearly very talented, but there is an element of a little too clever (and well aware of the fact) and a little too gloss. I'd like to hear him a little rawer, a little rougher, a little closer to the heart.

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Tue Aug 08 2023
4

Huh. Really similar experience rating this as "Want Two", which already came up. I _really_ dug the first track, and although the rest of the album has its charms, I can't help but wish it was all like the opener. Maybe one of his other albums is that level of OTT throughout? Fave track - "Oh What A World", as mentioned...

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Fri Aug 11 2023
4

Totally captivated by the first track. The rest were really good too, but a little too much all at once. This guy really seems to construct a song deliberately, carefully, with purpose and patience. Really beautiful throughout.

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Fri Aug 11 2023
4

Lots of surprising tracks! He's like a more mournful Elton John

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Tue Aug 22 2023
4

Own this record, love this record. Every time I see a clock that reads "11:11" I immediately think of that song and it makes me happy. Waking up at 11:11 would also make me VERY happy, btw. "A little piece of bacon never eaten by Elvis," is one of my favorite bits of pop-adjacent lyrics ever. Great, lush record!

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Tue Aug 22 2023
4

Lovely voice. Strong start to the album, some intelligent songwriting and a couple of musical twists I appreciated, but it just started to fade into the background a little in the second half. Glad I've had the experience though - songsterism with heart.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

Not usually my vibe but pretty into this one, good stuff, 4 stars

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Mon Sep 04 2023
4

I don't know why I don't listen to Rufus more often. He has such a great voice, which the simple instrumentation makes beautifully clear on this album. It's not something I'd ever put on to "jam" to, but it really draws me in when it's on. Great work.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

As soon as I say I don't like pretty, sad, slightly whiny songs I find some pretty, sad, slightly whiny songs to like. But they weren't all that way, which helps! I really liked this, I'll definitely listen again and listen to more of his work. Also, I totally called it when I thought spotify would pick Nick Drake to play after this album finished.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
4

This one surprised me. Very beautiful.

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Sun Sep 10 2023
4

Rufus Wainwright sounds like Father John Misty for people who aren't that depressed. 8/10

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Sun Sep 10 2023
4

7/10. Yeah, I like this guy. Very consistent sound, but I don't get bored of it over the length of his albums.

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Sun Sep 17 2023
4

Yeah it's quite good but very hipster I guess?

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Mon Sep 18 2023
4

I'm a fan of all the Wainwrights, and this one is particularly good. Heartfelt 4/4 time.

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Sat Sep 30 2023
4

This grew in me immensely as it went on. Ended sounding like Radiohead or Fun. or something.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
4

It turns out that the most charming baroque pop that I've ever heard is something from 2003.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

Enjoyed this much more than I expected to!

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

Had forgotten this album (and Want 2) existed. Very relaxing, although I can imagine his voice being a bit marmitey to some.

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Mon Oct 30 2023
4

Not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Beautiful album, start to finish.

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Tue Oct 31 2023
4

The Wainwrights are an interesting musical family dynasty - critically beloved but only ever surfacing into mainstream appeal as fits and starts. I still haven't found a Rufus track I love as much as I have singles from his sister (like Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole) or albums from his dad Loudon III (like Unrequited) and he always feels a bit too Andrew Bird/Sufjan adjacent for my taste for me to actively seek out his music, but I think this is a solid effort. I Don't Know What It Is and Go Or Go Ahead remind me of the sensibility later fine tuned by contemporaries like Keane, and I think he's stronger when he doesn't lean so heavily into baroque elements and lets the powerful sustain in his voice take center stage. Would go 3.5 but I'll round up to balance out the diversity of opinions on the merits of Rufus's music within our group. No shade though, I get it, I feel that way about Death Cab for Cutie

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Mon Nov 06 2023
4

I had gotten a Rufus Wainwright album prior (the "sequel" to this one, "Want Two"), but admittedly didn't remember much of it. Without revisiting it, this sounds a bit like that one, but maybe less (as I described it) "theatrical". The impulses are still there, but they feel like they mix in to the straight-forward pop provided. Certain parts remind me a little of Rod Stewart, but with a nicer voice. It started losing me a little near the end, but call it a 3.5 cos it never truly lost me, just made me ready to move on to the next one. Favorite tracks: "Go Or Go Ahead", "14th Street", "11:11"

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Mon Nov 13 2023
4

Chillax la max. Très sympa pour se reposer

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Wed Nov 15 2023
4

Hmmmm i didn't get to pay super close attention to it, but I did like the vibe.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

Was skeptical at first but maybe ruffie is all(wain)wright

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Fri Nov 17 2023
4

Pop. Dudo entre un 3 o un 4. Venga, un 4 porque tiene algo de pop barroco en alguna canción.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
4

Very cool, good for Sunday listening

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Sun Nov 26 2023
4

Not my favourite Rufus Wainwright album, but still very.

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Tue Nov 28 2023
4

Ik vind niet alle nummers even goed, maar die stem 😍.

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Tue Nov 28 2023
4

Zucht.... wat een held toch die Rufus. Al de bombastiek en het dik-aangezette kan ik van hem allemaal hebben. Prachtige stem.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

Rich and lush, this album is the companion of its successor 'Want Two', which I really liked. This is the better of the two. Gorgeous instrumentation throughout, the album really shows off Wainwright's voice, which has a Thom Yorkian quality to it. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: Oh What A World Date listened: 05/12/23

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Fri Dec 08 2023
4

This is lowkey goated I can't even lie. I enjoyed the theatrical/grand instrumentals; I liked how large some of the songs sounded. I'd give a 5 but I didn't like some songs in the 2nd half.

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Mon Dec 18 2023
4

En el seu moment va sorgir com un petit secret que cada vegada es va anar donant a conèixer més i més. Sobretot pel boca-orella dels seus shows, gairebé performances artístiques més que concerts a l'ús. Tot i ser el tecer disc, molts el vam conèixer amb aquest 'Want One' i la seva segona part. Era l'artista més cool del món. La seva música, la seva actitud i, és clar, la seva veu. Però també tenia cançons increïbles. Moltes. Al final el personatge es va anar menjant l'artista, però en aquell moment era imbatible

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Wed Dec 20 2023
4

Lots of decent moments and pretty enjoyable overall

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Wed Dec 20 2023
4

First 2 songs were really good, never really heard anything like it. Next couple weren't as good but not bad. Overall a solid album.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
4

Liked this, especially ’Movies of Myself’, he has a really good voice

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Thu Dec 28 2023
4

Like radiohead but happy. The album was decorated but still in stature.

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