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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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Rating

2.94

Votes

4737

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Muse father lol

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Fri May 21 2021
5

I like it

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Потрясно!

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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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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

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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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

super into this

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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 Jun 30 2022
5

My type of music

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Louche and charming album

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Top ten

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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 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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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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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Really enjoyed this album.

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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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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Enjoyable!

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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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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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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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

psyché et en francais

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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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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Weird....but in a good way!

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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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Sun May 09 2021
4

Good but not my vibe

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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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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Wow!! Första gången jag lyssnar på Rufus Wainwright men kommer inte vara sista. Extremt imponerad av tonspråket, variationen, texterna, arrangemangen, allt! Jag personligen hade kunnat leva med en eller två låtar med lite högre tempo, och hans släpiga sätt att sjunga är inte helt min favvo, men då letar jag ursäkter att inte dela ut en femma. Superplatta!

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

did not expect to like it that much but that was a pleasant surprise!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

grew on me. interesting vocals. Art Teacher, Old Whore's Diet

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Gute Musik für ganz besondere Stimmungen. Etwas the verve viel muse

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Geggjuð plata, fyrir utan fiðluskratsjið á fyrstu sekúndunum!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Glorious, elegant, flaming singer songwriting from Rufus Wainwright. Some really absorbing tracks with a stylistic strings and drum machine flavour. Normally strings are added to hide the shortcomings of the singer or the singing but not so here - the vocals and music together to make a chamber pop classic.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Loved it. Odd start moves on to something extraordinary. Has never listened to his music before - certainly glad to have been introduced to it.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

What an opening track! Some pretty great storytelling too. Will listen to more stuff.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Ugh do I like Rufus Wainwright?

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

This is a mostly low tempo album with an excessive number of ballads. It's not overly repetetive, but I have heard better melodies from Rufus Wrainwright. Still a nice listen, but without standouts. 3.5/5

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Before this listen, I knew him as the guy who sang "Hallelujah" on the Shrek soundtrack. I gotta say, I'm impressed. I feel like he's probably a bit polarizing, but I enjoyed what I heard. Sometimes it dragged, but for the most part it tugged at my heart strings. The opening track is probably my favorite.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

3.5, Art Teacher deserves a 5

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Kinda goated not gonna lie.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Excellent. But it is an interesting vibe

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

first listen a wonderful journey

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Good vibes. Made me rethink discordance

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Very enjoyable.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

A beautiful album, lush and sweeping.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Необычный альбом. Не зря в этот список попал. Но не мой по настроению. Очень грустный и тоскливый, хотя местами необыкновенно романтичный и красивый.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Ja Rufusa jako volim. Nadam se da ce Poses album bit tu jer mislim da je bolji. Al dobar je i ovaj. Svidaju mi se jako the one you love, peach trees i old whore's diet. A gay messiah tekst je top notch.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

I liked this record. I always enjoyed pop music influenced and directly inspired by classical and baroque music. Haven't heard something as original as this in a long while.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

New to me. Really good.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Adorable

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

For a moment when this popped up, I though this was going to be Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. I confess to a second of disappointment when I realised it wasn't.. I approached this album with caution. I have heard the occasional Rufus Wainwright track, and I like his voice, but I have not listened to a whole album of his all the way through. given the size of his catalogue, it is helpful to have somewhere to start. I have some trepidation based on a number of interviews I have read with him over the years, where he often appears (highly) pretentious and quiet unlikable. But what a revelation this record is. Listening to it, I was constantly reminded of Jeff Buckley, who was clearly an influential contemporary (rival?) of Rufus, directly stated in Memphis Skyline. But the similar influences (Judy Garland, chanteuse, folk, rock), sensitive lyrics and vocal phrasing (including use of falsetto), beautiful orchestration. In the same way that Buckley took a wide range of source material and constructed his own world, Wainwright does similarly. But this is no mere Buckley-copy. He uses his (non-rock) popular music influences to create a distinct and beautiful musical world. This is an album that I am sure I will come back to.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

As luck would have it, I had just heard an excellent cover by Rufus Wainwright of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” the night before this album came up. RW is another artist I’ve heard great things about, and very occasional songs from, but never really listened to. This time, I was hooked from the opening of the most unexpected track (“Agnus Dei”), followed by a remarkable range of songs. Masterful arranging and production. Nice lyrical connections between some of the songs, without trying to be a unified concept album. I’m not sure that every song will sustain my interest over repeat listens, but there’s plenty to come back to and enjoy.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

So, I did my best with this one. YouTube didn't have the full album, and the one thing I could find was several of the songs together with a bunch of other Rufus Wainwright songs that are not on the album. I simply don't care enough to seek out another version, so here we are. This is not particularly my genre, as the music is driven entirely by Wainwright's voice, with little focus on anything else. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just not to my taste. On the other hand, his voice is fucking spectacular. It's sort of like if Thom Yorke from Radiohead didn't want to make fucking weirdo music. It's incredibly beautiful and the songs are constructed well around his voice. Again, it's not my thing, but it's well worth a listen 4/5

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I loved this album! It was artistic and whimsical. I really enjoyed pretty much the whole album.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Wasn't sure what to expect, especially after Agnus Dei, but I really loved it. Even more after a second listen.

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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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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Impassioned, passionate, heartfelt. Really pleased to hear this. Always considered Wainwright to over-wring his songs to death, but to hear them in a collection gives them so much power.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

The first few songs were really intriguing, but then it got a bit boring in the middle part. The end was more interesting again though, so I think I will give 4 stars.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Having no prconceptions of this album, its epic opener, Agnus Dei left me stunned and feeling like the album could go one of two ways, either an absolute better or a confused abstract mess. Though it was neither, it veered far closer to the former with poignant lyrics and fresh instrumentation. At its conclusion, I felt I had experienced something, though I wasn't sure whether it was a good thing or not. Moving.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Really enjoyable.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Never listened to Rufus Wainwright before, great singer and songs were engaging the whole way through. Sometimes sounded like a 'singer-songwriter' version of Thom Yorke. Not sure if it's a style I'd go back to again and again but would like to hear other albums.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Knew very little about Rufus Wainwright so I was looking forward to this. Incredible voice, excellent lyrics, and on a whole really well put together. At times it did drift in and out of substance and I think it’s probably a bit too long, but overall thought it was very good. Will return. Particularly liked the tracks that flirted with Radiohead

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

He has a gorgeous voice, is witty as hell and is beautiful - everything is set up for me to fall madly in love with Rufus Wainwright. However I only ever really like him. This album, much like those before is full of songs I enjoy, but there's only ever one I truly bond with each time - this time it's Gay Messiah, though the closer, with Antony is really good (historically, Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk and I'm So Tired of America are classics). It's a solid four stars, but I wish I could find the key to five stars with Rufus. Definitely feels like a me problem not a him problem.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

cool album

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Radiohead vibes but more opera-tinged(?) music

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

En tiedä oliko musa vai muuten vaan hyvä päivä, mutta oli ihan ok pläjäys :)

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Very Radiohead at points but with a more pop sensibility, not bad

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

First thoughts went to Radiohead but then all I could hear was Ball Park Music. Nothing bad but not great

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Good voice, but not the type of music I'd want to listen to. I have heard "The Art Teacher" before. His voice with another style of music would be interesting.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Pretty good - weird, but Rufus is interesting

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

I have listened to a fair bit of Rufus Wainwright and this was consistent with what I think when I think of him. His voice is beautiful, the songs are thoughtfully constructed and embellished with strings. In the end though, the music is just so brooding that it brings the whole experience down for me.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Very Yorke-y. Not bad

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

I saw him in concert when he toured with Ben Folds and I kept thinking 'get this fucker off the stage'. Hes way better than I gave him credit for.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

6/10. This has some cool ideas, musically and lyrically, especially in the first part of the album. However, I think overall it comes off as maudlin and fairly corny, and the more baroque-styled tracks get a bit grating.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Was just hanging on listening to the music - interesting/ genre mixing. Started to pay attention to some lyrics. Not impressed

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Unfortunate that I got the second album before the first (Want One). What purposeful music though! Compositions are wide and sweeping, lifting Wainwright's voice and giving it so much dignity. I'm reminded of Sufjan Stevens in a lot of ways, that being "fancy pop" for lack of a better term (there's even banjo at one point!). I think it is very good, but perhaps a little to grand for it's own good? It ends up trying to be this magnificent magnum opus and comes across as maybe too much. It becomes a bit tiring with all of it's orchestrations and it makes me wish there was just a straight pop song or stripped-down acoustic song for grounding. Otherwise it's a nice listen. I don't want to rag on it too much but I had to figure out why it didn't click as much as I had thought.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Kaunista musisointia ja laulamista, mutta jotenkin jopa liian eteeristä tähän sähäkkään torstain alkuiltaan. Tasaisen hyvää suorittamista, mutta ne helmet jäi omalta osalta puuttumaan.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Rufus Wainwright is a talented singer, songwriter, and musician. Not really an album I would put on normally, though. Would have to be in the right mood.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Listened to most of it I like the art teacher one

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Original, but turns into the tedious the longer it goes.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: The One You Love, Old Whore's Diet Cutting Edge: Little Sister Overall Notes: A pleasant album. Not really sure why it's required listening but glad I listened to it. This is perfect music to put on in the background while you do work.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Nicely atmospheric with some pretty tracks, but nothing special

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Heard about Rufus, but never listened to him. Good sound. Alt-music. I'm intrigued.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Channelling a lot of Thom Yorke in places. It’s a circus of an album.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Sonorous and pleasing to the ears mostly with poetry to make you think.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

An unexpected delight. Wonderful lyrics and some quite brilliant songs on here. I will definitely revisit

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Genuinely cannot tell if it's my bad internet of just the song that's making it sound like that Internet is having a hard time so far good tho Final Thoughts: 3/5

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Finally a daily album from an artist who I have meant to give more attention. The only Rufus album I have listened to before is Want One, so I suppose Want Two is a good place to continue. I really enjoyed this album although the plethora of musical styles from opera to pop may be too much over the course of one album. He can play then all though, and what a voice! Very good stuff.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

if thom yorke and david byrne had a baby

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Some nice moments. Wasn’t crazy about it

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

This is pretty good; eclectic and varied, but also a bit over-indulgent. I like strong melodies and the complete lack of them made this hard to get into. Music that is basically designed to be background music for an indie film. But the sound is nice, and if you stop to really listen, there’s a ton to find and hear in every second. Favourite track: “Gay Messiah”

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Muse-lite

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Meh.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Not bad at all, feels like if Thom Yorke went in a completely different direction or never met Radiohead. Good voice and interesting ideas.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

A very enjoyable listen. Beautiful songwriting, dramatic phrasing and arrangements. Though the music is not my usual fare, the talent is undeniable. His voice is expresdivecand powerful and the melodiescate memorable. 3.5 🌟

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Agnus Dei - Very Latin religious wailing vibe, like something you'd hear in a movie soundtrack about ancient Rome. Opener is a bit unique but does give a hint to the style/vibe of the album. Voice is a lot like Josh Homme if he didn't get into hard rock, same wailing, long notes. Some songs he's channeling a lot of Thom Yorke. Album is very mellow/chill. Piano, lounge music drums, but has a stoner vibe. Legit sounds like this was written and performed by depressed Josh Homme. Some orchestral instruments, very melodic tunes. Would have been my cup of tea in the past, bit too slow for my tastes now but is very well done if in the mood for some slow/sad tunes.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Rufus has a style that is very particular and can be offsetting to most when you get past his bigger hits. I'm a fan of Rufus and listening to this album top to bottom felt tough for me. Still a great album that highlights his vocal range.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
3

3 1/2

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Did homeboy sound like Thom Yorke? Kind of like a stripped down more theatric Radiohead. I liked it.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Some really nice songs and it warrants another listen. 3.5

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

A good Rufus Album but I preferred Want One.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

For people who like Radiohead, but don’t like depressed Radiohead

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

1st track got some kind of Radiohead vibes. More classical though. Gets some Harry Nhielson vibes going too. Not my thing at all so would struggle to give it more than a 3, however I can totally see how it's on the 1001 album list. 3/5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Härligt experimentellt musikaliskt. Ibland lät det som Michael Bublé på LSD, vilket inte var helt fel.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I Would I mean I did an absolutely love it it was a little droopy at times but I thought that it was actually kind of good

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Sun Oct 31 2021
3

I wish I could do half-stars, but oh well. This is hard to rate effectively because I like and don't like parts in equal measure.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

The music is surprisingly layered and the strings and piano are very interesting. The music is fine, nothing that really engages beyond initial pleasantries.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Mixed feelings on this one. Musically very impressive and some very good lyrics, but overall kind of boring.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Bra album med nästan enbart bra låtar men känns inte speciellt banbrytande, där majoriteten låter som rätt många andra runt den här tiden. Lite som en 'indie/folk' version av tidiga Muse, Midlake, the Strokes, Anthony and the Johnssons, Woodkid m.flr. (kanske bara inte har öra för sånt här...?) Där Rufus sticker ut från de ovannämnda är i de lite mer 'storslagna' låtarna med fler kreativa instrumentuppsättningar och mer 'textboksklassisk' dramatik. Väldigt maffig komposition emellanåt men kan inte riktigt leverera när det kommer till den 'musikkvalitativa' dynamiken, allting går inte igenom lurarna till lyssnaren och ljudet får en lite 'komprimerad' känsla och orkesterinslagen känns lite nedprioriterade. Man känner sig lite "snuvad på konfekten" då sång och de mer konventionella instrumenten såsom sträng, bas och trummor är så väl återgiven. Jag gillar därför mer de *mer* minimalistiska låtarna där återgivningen är som bäst och allt känns polerat vilket gör låtarna och artisten rättvisa, tex. "Little Sister" och "Gay Messiah". De mer 'enkla' låtarna lyckas fortfarande behålla lite kreativa inslag. Har inte hört förut men kommer definitivt fortsätta lyssna på Rufus. Blir dock inget toppbetyg då hela albumment känns lite för konventionellt för att vara ett banbrytande eller kurssättande album i sin genre och tid, samt låtarna, visserligen väldigt bra, inte gör något avsevärt bättre och därmed inte sticker ut ibland sina jämlikar för att rättfärdiga någon slags framtida 'klassiker' status. Lite som en häftig småskalig craft lager, något som jag verkligen uppskattar och ser mig som målgrupp men kanske inte sätter riktningen för bärs framöver.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

not really my style but it was fine.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

Abgespacet, aber ganz cool

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

I can see the appeal but not quite to my taste. Would see live...

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

I didn't realize how much of his music I'd heard before listening to this album! Good stuff. Will certainly become a staple of my "normal" rotation.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

As a pedant classical music fan am not quite fond of directly adding classical stuff in pop so not quite into the album. Rhythm is too slack also. Add a star for Old Whore's Diet...

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Atmospheric. The tone wanders a bit and I can't say I *disliked* it but it definitely requires you to be in a specific kind of mood

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Bit jaunty.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Genre: Chamber Pop 3/5 A decent Pop offering from a songwriter I was not familiar with until listening. While the scope of this project is quite grand, and the production is lush, expensive, and clean, its persistent melodrama doesn’t quite mix with Rufus’ near-Thom Yorke style vocals. Agnus Dei was very intriguing, and served as a great intro, but it never quite got back to that mysterious, progressive side much again after that. This is a well-made album, with some solid ideas and good vocals, and Wainright is a very talented songwriter. Just not all one of my favs.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Ehm…. Oké.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

This was alright but not really my cup of tea

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

É... esse aqui não é muito minha praia não...

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Ça c’est de la yeule molle ! Ça fini par tanner. Autrement j’ai bien aimé, surtout « old whore’s diet ».

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Not bad, but nothing moved me extraordinarily

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Un bon album dansson genre. Edt ce quec’est son meilleur je ne sais pas mais je suis intrigue, d’autre sur cette liste .3.5

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Great songwriting, just not exactly my thing.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

- i like when artists kill me with the first song - you hear lots of thom yorke and matt bellamy in his voice

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Operatic pop, often cinematic. I was half expecting to dislike this album, but ended up thinking it was alright. 2.5

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Sun May 01 2022
3

His voice is gorgeous, and some of these songs are really pretty. However, there's nothing here that really elevates it. I think it just scrapes a 3, it's a perfectly pleasant listen but doesn't hit any real heights.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Wainwright's 4th album and second of the "Want" series. Only two albums in that series. His music is described as Baroque Rock which combines elements of rock music with classical music. I learned something today and it is a very accurate description of the music. This album is kind all over the place; there are pop songs, ballads, a waltz, some songs use more string arrangements and a song with reggae backbeat. There is no doubt this guy has talent; a great voice and the music sounds great and complex (with the arrangements). I personally like his second album "Poses " better. Some album highlights are "The One You Love" - nice pop song with a choir, "The Art Teacher" - very dramatic and recorded live and "Old Whore's Diet" - this 8 minute song kind of summed up the album as it goes over the place with a reggae backbeat at times and vocals from Anohni (Antony and the Johnsons). For some reason, I could not get into this album. I recognize the talent, the album achievement of variety and I'm sure a lot of others like this album quite a bit.

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Tue May 10 2022
3

This album was an interesting listen, not at all what I expected. It started well but his grating voice was unbearable by the end.

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Sun May 29 2022
3

U nekim pjesmama me podsjeća na Radiohead, ali mislim na onaj kasniji period, više nekako na A Moon Shaped Pool album - glas još više potvrdi to. Što sam čuo, sviđa mi se album, baš je nekako, ne znam, evo vrijeme je gloomy, hladnije, onako pravo jesenski, kao da će kiša, nije sparno. Jače od trojke, slabije od četvorke. Middle earth.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Beautiful compositions, interesting production etc, but that voice for an hour is a bit much for me - too much, too rich

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Algo como Thome Yorke. Interesante, pero nada espectacular.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

After the first song I thought 'oh this is gonna be a slog' but then it picked up a lot and I really liked it. Quite a lot of variety but all brought together by his voice, which sounds like Thom Yorke. Interesting fact, Rufus Wainwright is not the guy who banged on about lake district hills his whole life.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

I have no idea how I felt about it. Felt like some of it should appeal to me and my tastes but I found it irritating. A bit weyes blood as times, who I love, but I'm not sure his voice is good enough for those long held notes... Some of them pretentious and annoying. Was pleased I successfully identified Antonys voice from Antony and the Jonson's of the Old Whores Diet... Wtf was that about

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

3.5 - I’m newly familiar with “chamber pop” as a genre and I think the designation perfectly describes this record. Thoughtfully crafted songs from an authentic perspective of a gay man. Standouts: “The Art Teacher”, “Waiting for a Dream.”

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Thom Yorke and Beck had a baby... and it's Rufus Wainwright. I might have liked this album more with a different (IE non-monotone, whiny) singer, but overall it was too slow for my tastes regardless. Wainwright's singing really started to get on my nerves a few songs into this.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

This album has the feeling like you're listening to a theatrical rendition of the stories being relayed. So many songs are heavily orchestrated, some are the intermezzo ballads before bringing you back to movement III. And even though every song is vastly different than the rest and Rufus Wainwright is an incredible vocalist, plus the songs are all quality, this album certainly isn't for everyone. The lamentations, with Rufus and a piano, are overly romantic, and many of the songs are just over-the-top orchestrated. And to be honest, a lot of the songs really aren't all that good, with notable exceptions. Rufus Wainwright is clearly immensely talented, but for me, this album does not showcase that talent well.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Really enjoyed "Old Whore's Diet". I remember this album (or maybe Want One) was somewhat controversial as child? Not sure why. Vocal elements remind me of Travis or Thom Yorke.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Feels a bit overwrought, but not bad. More interesting than the last several FJM albums.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Rufus Wainwright is a fantastic singer and writer, but this album falls a bit short. His vision is grandiose, campy, and incredibly theatrical. I'm a huge fan of baroque pop and music that incorporates classical instrumentation. However, despite some truly gorgeous moments, I found myself just wanting more from this album. It seems as though he took some great ideas, but didn't see them through as well as he could. Wainwright has a great ear for melody and makes great use of the half step in his vocal lines, and I just wanted more of those interesting, classical inspired musical motifs.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

That first song is real bad. Then there are some kinda good ones. wasn't feeling it much but probably need a second listen?

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Tres Montreal.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Nice album. First half was a bit morose/ depressing though. Preferred second half.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

decent as background 3.4

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Pretty good

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Not bad. I started off really into it, but it seemed to slow way down as it got into it, and my interest dropped off a bit. Some nice tracks in here though.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Kind of like Radiohead met Ed Sheeran... not sure what to do with this. Don't hate it though.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I liked parts of the album but don't think I'd listen to it again, his warbly singing becomes tiresome. The opening track didn't start the album off well and should have been removed in favour of "The One You Love" which is far superior. Other highlights were "Little Sister" and "Waiting for a Dream"

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I think the guy has a lot of artistic integrity and is consistent. Big fan of some of his music, Poses and Release the Stars are good albums. But this album never really took off for me. Unfortunately underwhelmed.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Nice voice but not my taste in music. Kept thinking I was listening to the soundtrack from moulin rouge.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Rufus Wainwright is one of those artists I really want to like more than I actually do. The disparate pieces never seem to come together for me. Frequently, the arrangements are a tad over the top, coupled with a strong vision and lengthy songs. His voice, though, is wonderful, as always - even if the material and orchestration betray him at times.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Interesting album, good singing, not my thing but enjoyed the listen

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Pop Rock. Un poco aburrido.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Judging by the cover I want to guess this is world music, or some acoustic type thing inspired by softer led zeppelin? the artwork is sorta that fantasy-type shit you see in junk shops, priced at like $80 per 10cm-high statue. either way, *points like Varg* let's find out! ...aaaaaand it's super soft pop rock. similar to Muse or Arcade Fire? I don't want to just say "pretentious".... but it's pretty fucking pretentious lol. So far pretty samey, ambitious but mopey. Hoping it picks up a bit. .....aaaaand ONE HOUR LATER: somehow, this album needed an entire hour to go absolutely nowhere. every song was identical, all just based on a handful of overused ideas. THAT's the truly depressing thing about it: it's like kicking your valium habit by taking so much valium it kills you. 2/5.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Kuin olis kattonut äärettömän tylsää ja hidastemposta romanttista taide-elokuvaa, jota runoilijatyypit fiilistelee housut märkänä. Itsellä ei kastunut. Pari huvittavaa biisin nimeä ja kuuntelin kokonaan...

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

Wenn er lange Noten singt, komme ich nicht umhin, an Thom York zu denken und dass er gleich in die Kopfstimme wechseln müsste. Überhaupt klingt die Platte, als ob Radiohead aus vertraglichen Verpflichtungen gezwungen waren, mit Hilfe von Disney-Songschreibern eine easy-listening-Platte zu machen (und größtenteils daran gescheitert sind). Nicht ganz 3 Sterne, einige Songs finde ich doch ganz gut.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

I like Rufus Wainwright's voice, plus I sat directly behind him in a movie theater once, so we have that bond, but maybe I like him best in small doses. I don't like the constant maudlin singing. 2 stars.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Good. Second half is a bit of a sleeper. Little Sister and Couer de Parisienne were the best.

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