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Want Two

Rufus Wainwright

2004

Want Two
Album Summary

Want Two is the fourth album by American-Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The album was released on November 16, 2004. Four of the tracks on this album were released in the summer of 2004 as the EP Waiting for a Want on the iTunes music store. Want Two is, according to Wainwright, the darker sibling of 2003's Want One – its subject matter concerned with "the world we live in" (RW Geffen Bio) after Want One's focus on the intensely personal. The artist's song selections here show his range to be broad, veering from romantic ballad ("Peach Trees") to tragic ballad ("This Love Affair"), sophisticated pop ("The One You Love") to third person/first person narrative lament ("The Art Teacher"), personal tongue in cheek manifesto ("Gay Messiah"), to a classical pop hybrid written about Jeff Buckley ("Memphis Skyline") and songs beyond category. "Agnus Dei" is used in the trailer for the 2007 film Trade. Mother Kate McGarrigle and aunt Anna (McGarrigle) both perform and sing on "Hometown Waltz". Anohni of 2005 Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons sings lead vocal alongside Wainwright on "Old Whore's Diet". The initial UK version of the record contains bonus live tracks, "Coeur de Parisienne – Reprise d'Arletty" and "Quand vous mourrez de nos amours" (written by French Canadian songwriter Gilles Vigneault).

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Fri Aug 11 2023
1

This is the worst Radiohead album ever.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

I don't know what's with this album but I absolutley loved it. Also, in some parts the vocals reminded me of Thom Yorke from Radiohead, am I the only one?

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

He 'Want Two' and I'm going to give him a 2. Most of this album is just whinging. The second song is great though.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
1

The guy can sing. But not as much as he can whine.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

I can't tell if I liked it or was annoyed by his miserable voice but I think it was good

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

One of the prettiest albums I’ve heard in my time. This is what it looks like when an artist has an artistic vision, and takes the utmost care to craft what was in their mind into something they can share with the world.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

If you can get past the truly awful opening track, ‘Want Two’ markedly improves. It’s a ballsy record, very theatrical and stylistically broad in sound, with folk, pop/chanson, baroque, indie and show music styles among its repertoire. It’s probably overproduced, but it’s all these elements, (and the gay subtext also present) that make it interesting. ‘Want Two’ is the proverbial Forrest Gump box of chocolates: you never quite know what you’re going to get, but there’s a little something for everyone. Surprised how much I ended up liking this one.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
2

I made it to Peach Trees before I got tired of the looooonnnngggg draaaaawwwwnnn oooooouuuutttt wooooooorrrrrrrddddsssss

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Fri Jan 06 2023
5

Cool album, talented artist, lots of influence from various genres

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Mon May 01 2023
5

Wonderful and unexpected. Not an artist I had much knowledge of before, but one I will seek out in future! I can hear echoes of Radiohead and Jeff Buckley, and many others before and since - but he is still entirely his own creation. Brilliant

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

3/16 One of those albums where almost every song is a different genre, really well crafted, great album. Standout Tracks: Agnus Dei, The One You Love, The Art Teacher, Memphis Skyline, Old Whore’s Diet

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

This was really chill and I needed it this morning. I just want to say thank you to the creators of this website. This shit is dope.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

If I had to come up with a list of 5 singers, knowing that when I woke up the next morning I would be able to magically sing like one of them, I feel pretty certain Rufus would make the cut. Just to be able to belt out shit like that in my car would make me so satisfied in life. Anywho, I’m more of a Want One guy, but this is definitely the more dramatic of the two and I enjoyed the most of it. No I won’t be the one, baptized in cum.” How did he make that sound pretty?! How???

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Slaps, not gonna lie. I really liked all the variety on this, even if some songs (like that first one) fell kind of flat. Thank you, gay Thom Yorke.

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Mon Aug 21 2023
2

Halfway through and I Want Two turn this off.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Beautifully cinematic pop record with an orchestral flair that suits the songwriting. I am honestly surprised I have never even heard the name, because wow this sound suits me.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

Very cool playlist! Some songs really sound like they're from a play - love it!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Love, love, loved. Never knew!

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Cool album. Voice sort of reminds me of Thom Yorke. Piano. The art teacher

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

There is something timeless about everything Rufus does and this album is no exception. His theatricality matches perfectly with the quality of his voice. The first song is the perfect way to enter this album and sets the stage for an emotional experience.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

It was great to return to this album! What drama and emotion!

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

He sure can write crazy good songs. "Agnus Dei" has some lovely instrumentation which I've really missed on this list, and it sets the vibe from the start. Ok finally something that makes me feel anything. Probably deserves a 4 for the second half, but I love the cover too. This is beautiful. "Going To A Town" is one of my all time favorite songs. It's not on this album though, and the album it is on kinda sucks. I don't know why I had to say that. 5

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

I don't usually give fives to more recent albums, but this album was enthrallingly good. Musically it has a bit of an old world sensibility with artful, gorgeous arrangements. Rufus Wainwright's vocals are splendid, a bit torchy, but in the best way. With a voice suited for both pop and theatre, there's a pathos in his voice and his lyrics that feels really personal and honest. What a pleasure to listen to. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Peach Trees, The Art Teacher, The One You Love, Memphis Skyline, This Love Affair, Hometown Waltz, Old Whore's Diet, Gay Messiah, Little Sister, Agnus Dei, Crumb by Crumb, Waiting for a Dream

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

I have never listened to a whole Rufus Wainwright album before, just the odd track. I’ve always liked his voice. But, for me, this is a masterpiece. The range of music on this cd is astounding. As is the quality of his lyrics. As a one-time altar boy myself, I was knocked out by the opening track, Agnus Dei, and every track that followed was a winner. I loved The Art Teacher, which made me recall Meg Christian’s Ode To A Gym Teacher; Gay Messiah, which brought to mind his father’s Talking the New Bob Dylan; and Memphis (not Nashville)Skyline, his heartfelt tribute to Jeff Buckley, is outstanding - Then came hallelujah sounding like Ophelia - referencing a Cohen song they both covered. He surrounded himself with such talent - a lot of family, the great Van Dyke Parks’ string arrangements, Levon Helm drumming on The One You Love. The album is so full of surprises. I loved it.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
5

Auto 5 for nostalgia/gender fuckery/yearning reasons.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

I've probably described albums as "theatrical" but this album feels like a better example than most. The storytelling with lush orchestral arrangements really does make this feel ready for the stage. I enjoyed it, but don't know if I'll listen again. Favorite tracks: "The Art Teacher", "Crumb by Crumb"

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Sat Apr 10 2021
2

My perception of Rufus Wainwright is tainted by my association of his music with an ex girlfriend. Regardless of that, it is still not my cup of tea. Couldn't listen to the whole thing in one go.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
2

Definitely not my thing at all. I found this album really boring, just dragging on and on. Not to mention how whiny his voice can be at times. And also what's with so many albums ending on a song that's so long? Just when you think you're nearly done, you now have to listen through a 9 minute album closer. Though I will say, I liked a lot of the lyrics on this album. Dude definitely has a lot to say about the world.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
1

Rufus Wainwright is my new litmus test for cuntishness. This guy thinks he *way* better than he actually is. You can hear it in every terrible song on this album. And I'm sure his fans are insufferable turds who all think *they* are way smarter than they actually are. People who pretend to love the most obscure, weird, or experimental (I fucking hate that word) shit music. People who direct their criticism towards anything popular, mainstream, or - you know - actually brilliant. Contrarian arseholes. People who's love of music is secondary to their need to demonstrate a superior & more sophisticated musical palate. Peacocking cunts. Wainwright's music is boring, unstructured drudgery. The band is tedious in an improvisational jazz kind of tediousness and somehow manages to avoid performing a single memorable riff throughout this entire album. And Wainwright sings like a Michael Bublé tribute act who's been slipped a Rohypnol. I genuinely don't understand how anybody could possibly enjoy listening to this crap. 👎👎

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Понравилось, но очень сладко

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

unexpected gem. I liked the sound. Reminded me of Kevin Max.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

This Rufus album is a full send - takes out all the stops.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

holy SHIT! fuckin A! 10/10, man this is far out!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Lögin eru vissulega misgóð, og stundum sakna ég þess að heyra ekki menntaðri rödd, sérstaklega í upphafslaginu Agnus Dei, en það er sem er gott er alveg frábært. Flottur og innilegur söngur, óvænt twist, æðislegar útsetningar, fjör og angurværð á víxl. Mæli heilshugar með.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Amazing voice, honest and unique stories in his lyrics, captures you like a moment in time.

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

I loved this. Listened twice. Favorites were The One You Love and Old Whores Diet. The Art Teacher is so fucking interesting. And funny? And sad?

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

What an incredible opening for an album. Peach trees is amazing, so many cool layers. The piano is so cool, and the beachy slide guitars. The songwriting and harmony on this record are incredible. So haunting and beautiful.

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

Great songwriting. I love his voice. Favorite songs are Memphis Skyline and Art Teacher. Pretty cool that Levon Helm played on one of the tunes.

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Mon May 01 2023
5

I only knew him for Hallelujah, so I didn't expect to love this album so much. It's pretty low energy for most of the album, but it still manages to entertain me. It was one of those albums where I could lay on my bed, close my eyes, put it on and enjoy. I was entranced by the first song, and that feeling remained throughout the album. Memphis Skyline is a rather sweet song lyrically. Similarly, many songs on this album stood out because of their subject matter. It's hard to pick favourites, but I believe my favourite songs were This Love Affair, Angus Dei, and Memphis Skyline.

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Sun May 21 2023
5

sonzao bem diferenciado, pegada meio transcedental

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Sat Jun 24 2023
5

Stunning. Floored me on the first listen. Arty, inventive, quirky, but musical as fuck. Legendary.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
5

Absolutely beautiful, lush and chill pop. A few of the slower songs were a bit too similar and long for my taste, but overall this was a gorgeous album. I’d give it 9/10 but since it’s a 5 point scale I’m going with full marks.

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Sun Oct 08 2023
5

Want One and Two are such amazing albums, Rufus has a very unique voice and his songs are just as beautiful.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

The Cover Art of the album is beautiful, Austrian in the 1920s? 'Marius de Vries' as producer. Know this guy, but why? Google: producer of some Massive Attack songs on protection album. So my hopes were very high. And not disappointed. Melancholical music with amazing voice. The eunuch nephew of Tom Waits

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

Apparently I know his one song, the one that he has with Florence Welch. This must be good, I like the witchy album cover too. First song, the Arabic door cracking sound start is unique, but no idea how it will progress. Also the song name is in different language. WOW operatic start. I love his voice. This was used for some film trailer. I love this for now, it's slow vocal Arabic vibed song, heaven indeed. Oh sorry, it may not be Arabic, since the name is in Latin. Violin joined in, love it. I wasn't bored, though it was repetitive (in a good way) Second song and wtf beat fully changed, it's upbeat. It's still vocalic though, I love his voice I can't. I love the vibe. Ohh this is chamber pop plus melancholic, I am crazy about chamber, they mostly devour so. The fast paced piano, LOVE IT. The beat, his voice(yes mentioned it again), production is veery good for my ears. He also has an album named "want one" I hope I listen to that too, if it has the same vibe even better. Choir came in for a little time. It was quite progressive at the end. Florence + the machine vibes low key. Third song, so satisfying already. It's slow with a guitar going in the background, simple but great. There is woman voice harmonizing with him. Beat progressed. Piano in my left ear softly. The instrumental break is witchy AF. He vocals every second and I love it. Such melancholia and chilliness. Just magnificent. 4th song, royal vibes with the violin and piano. The instrumental break is very classical, and I'm quite fond of that. He fast talks in some parts, which makes it much better. Instruments dropped, it's clean now, with piano softly playing, he vocals again, then beat increases and ends the song so well. 5th song, such fun I didn't expect I would have with this album. His voice is soothing. Omg the lyrics are about an art teacher whose works are so good that the students is amazed by it, but can't tell the teacher. It's about a school girl, who married another guy, but still loves this art teacher (might also be Rufus's gay attraction). Very beautiful song. Also the clapping and cheering at the end transitioned into the... 6th song, I heard homosexuals, have never heard that word in a song now that I think of it. There's piano and another instrument playing, now choir came in. It wasn't a stand out since it was a short song, but I loved it still. 7th song, has a different vibe, the piano plays better notes. It's more sad too. Violin came in now. It's about an unreachable love affair, I think. The overall opera vibe is so good. 8th song, he counted in my ears?! Hello, that was kinda hot(I'm bi so one of the reasons I like this album I guess) "He will then be reborn from 1970's porn" umm. Oh apparently that's nothing, I just read the genius meaning and he's so gay, he mixed Christianity and gayness. He said "coming" and there was a slight slurping sound, oh my god. I love him even more. Also he said he will be baptized in "cum" as jesus did with the spirit. The bridge is very good with that woman choir. And now he will give an oral to someone, didn't expect this from him tbh. One of the best because of the lyrics. 9th song, now he used mythology to compare his relationship to the guy that died, which he hated, but is still sad about his death. It has slight violins in the background, his voice so fine. He has a popularized song "hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen(I love him) and he mentioned it here. I love the instrumental break, it's only piano yet it has a spark in it, it's progressing with the fast paced piano and violin. Fuck it hit the high note and scared me. 10th song, violin starts, his voice is different here, it has an auto tune vibe, and now not. It's both of them, one after eachother. Literally, he does two voice types, wow, unique. The unexpected slash sound. Choir voices came back. 11th song, starting with catchy lyrics sung by a woman, oh Rufus came back. This is a little more upbeat because of the fast paced beat. "Du-ru-ru-m" first time he sings, but nothing exact. Such vibe, I would definitely listen to this album again. The ending repeated the chorus, and it's so nice. 12th song, and 9 minutes? Didn't expect that, must be a good one. This song is about how he only found old Chinese food in a refrigerator and called it "old whore's diet", quite fun. Even more fun is the beat change, the woman vocalising and the drums being tropical. Violin solo slays, now added the woman's vocals. Weird ending (good way). 13th song, it's french, I think. It's not a different vibe, quite short though. Love his french. It ended with applause and cheering, what fun. It was not as unique, but I enjoyed it as expected. There was one song unavailable, but I finished it officially, and I loved every second of it, definitely 5 stars. It was unique, full of vocals. Changed the vibe, but I needed more Florence, however he is being himself. Had everything slow and melancholic songs should have.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

I apparently am a Rufus Wainright fan. Because I loved this. The entire album is just amazing.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
5

This is one of the most gorgeous albums of all time. Rufus Wainwright's voice strikes the perfect balance between whine and perfect pitch to paint a truly hurt individual, which many of these songs needed to be perfectly executed. His piano playing, and all the instrumentation for that matter, is simple yet very effective, and there is such a beautiful amalgamation of pop and ballad that its easily very near the top of its class. Perhaps its a tad long, but its hard to argue that time is wasted, as every second in every song feels purposeful, and no song is dragged out more than needed, not even the nine minute finale. It just all feels so grand, and I can only assume Wainwright was going for that, and in that case he nailed it. Shame he's known for little outside of his Hallelujah cover, because this proves he has every right to stand amongst the greats from the time such as Jeff Buckley (which he pays a lovely tribute to) and Elliott Smith. I only wish this album was more beloved, as I fail to see how this isn't considered one of the greatest albums of the 2000s, because it is.

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Sun Mar 24 2024
5

I enjoyed this very much. I’ve been listening to Folkocracy for a couple of months & love his song choices.

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Sun Apr 07 2024
5

Loved! I always think I should listen to more Rufus and look at me! I'm doing it! Everything is big and grand and beautiful.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

2004: The One You Love, The Art Teacher, Gay Messiah

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Fri Oct 23 2020
4

4 and 1/2 but that’s not an option

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

that was pleasant! no experience prior. (also i wanna look like the album cover person pls)

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Good album, there's a classic vibe to it, I'm not sure how to describe it. I digg it - I can see me listening to this record while cleaning the house or cooking.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I get the artistry but you have to be in the mood to listen and appreciate.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Really unique, mournful, poetic, cool. I liked this more than expected.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Levy jota kuuntelin varmaan lähemmäs kymmeneen kertaan, enkä oikein vieläkään tiedä mitä tästä ajattelen. Rufus Wainwright toki artistina on tuttu, mutta tämä on jäänyt kuuntelematta. Ehkä jonkinlainen linjattomuus häiritsee levyssä, vaikka yleisfiilis on todella positiivinen. Parhaimmillaan vitosen arvoista mahtavuutta, heikoimmillaan kolmosen arvoisia tylähköjä rallatuksia. Nelonen lienee oikeutettu arvosana.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Very good, although I feel like somebody tried to engineer the living defi option of "too clever by half"

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

This was nice. His voice grates after a full album but this was well put together.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

i keep hoping he'll cover dead skunk. that would be hilarious. i've always loved the art teacher - it's so raw, which is such a contrast to the rest of this album.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Impressive vocals, clean production, and interesting instrumentals made for a surprisingly enjoyable album. It was long and had some slow burns but overall quite good. 8

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Art pop at its most magnificent. You have to listen carefully to let yourself go with the intricate melodies and arrangements but it's worth it. The One You Love is simply one of best 00's singles

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Interesting and inventive—incorporates a lot of classical music/operatic themes throughout which was cool to hear. Storytelling songs sometimes didn’t work but some did. Especially liked the one you love and waiting for a dream

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Legend. The art teacher is one of the best songs ever

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Miellyttävää musaa. Loppua kohden kävi ehkä vähän yksitoikkoiseksi, mutta eipä tuo haittaa. Kiva kun löytyy näitä iloisesti yllättäviä uusia tuttavuuksia.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

genre-bending thrift store kinda album. pretty cool!

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Cool! I enjoyed it... not that sure at first, but I will probably listen the whole album again!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Best tracks: Agnus Dei, Little Sister

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

This guy sounds like U2. Opening track is neat.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Generally a good album. I enjoyed especially the first track.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

The vocals are so amazing. Great atmosphere and vibe too. Definitely need to relisten.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Rufus has always been one of those "artsy" pop artists for me. I have liked some of his stuff though (Moulin Rouge). Glad to finally give him a proper listen. Thoroughly enjoyed this interesting album. Very pleasant throughout.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Not bothered by the French chansons but the other tracks are beautiful

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Kinda like if Thom Yorke made a solo album during The Bends era, though I’m not sure he would’ve ever made anything this lush and orchestrated.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Not what I was expecting at all, but I was surprised to find I really liked this. Ended up listening to it twice in a row.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Not my usual album and not one I’d go back to on a regular basis but this guy is a modern day talent. Knew only the name but expected something totally different. Getting vibes of Matt Bellamy and Thom Yorke.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Fav songs: - The One You Love - This Love Affair - Waiting For A Dream

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Really enjoyed on second listen. Interesting sound with classical strings and orchestra over modern lyrics. Creative verses with introspective reflections delivered by strong vocals (also grew on me on second listen). Broad variety of styles throughout. Agnus Dei, the art teacher, this love affair, crumb by crumb, old whores diet

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

There's a lot going on here, much of which is a little strange. The regency music of Little Sister is perhaps the most unusual amongst a lot of different styles. Musical theatre vocals, asian instrumentation, orchestral and choral elements run throughout and hold the album together. Overall, an interesting album, which is tender, epic and funny in places. The more I listened, the more I liked it. 4/5.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Always wanted to delve into Rufus Wainwright (who I always call "Adam" in my head. Baseball.) and my immediate reaction here is that the first song should be the album closer :D - it's a challenging intro, leading off with "Agnus Dei" - this being my idea of Thom Yorke given the assignment of leading a cathedral congregation in a Latin dirge for 5 minutes. It's not *not* impressive - just ... well, listen to it. Once the album gets started properly with "The One You Love" the Thom Yorke comparison really holds for me; the voice and manner of laconic singing. But there's a lot going on here - a few odd chord turns that really make me sit up and take notice. "Little Sister" and "The Art Teacher" are the early standouts for me on this album - one a complex layered orchestration and the next mostly just vocals and piano (with a subtle/tasteful horn part) - the latter feels like it could have fit comfortably on Elton John's self-titled 1970 album. That said, this album is probably not gonna be for everyone and is a little tough in spots but the music for me is really intriguing - complex, lush, very very melodic. It's not easily digestible. I like that. Dammit I feel like I give everything a 3 - because of the density of this one, I think it's hard to get a real feel for the album with 1 or 2 spins. But the talent, diversity, and thought that clearly went into this recording for me make me push this to 4 - I feel like I'm anticipating eventually liking this album more than I already do right now :) 8/10 4 stars

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

finaste rufus! även om jag föredrar hans andra skivor

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