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Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright but ... Read more in Amazon's Rufus Wainwright Store

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  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0039BD720
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Sad With What I Have 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Martha 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Give Me What I Want And Give It To Me Now! 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. True Loves 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonnet 43 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonnet 20 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonnet 10 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Dream 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. What Would I Ever Do With A Rose? 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Les Feux D'Artifice T'Appellent 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Zebulon 5:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Les Feux D'Artifice T'Appellent (Alternate Version) 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 

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All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu is Rufus Wainwright's sixth studio album with and is a hugely personal album. This twelve track album features just Wainwright's voice and a piano and its title is both a reference to Shakespeare's "Sonnet 43" and Rufus’ own concept of Lulu, which he describes as a "dark, brooding, dangerous woman that lives within all of us". "Lulu" in this case relates to Louise Brooks who starred in the 1920s silent film Pandora's Box.

BBC Review

We should really cherish the likes of Rufus Wainwright. Sure, he may divide people, but while there’s hardly a lack of confessional singer/songwriters, few would apply their talents to writing an opera or painstakingly re-enact a full Judy Garland concert while also wanting a crack at being a pop star at the same time. You get the impression that if he was born 200 years ago, he’d be revered like a Mozart – something that he’d quite happily go along with – rather than duking it out with Glee soundtracks for a satisfying midweek. Sometimes you think he just wasn’t made for these times; other occasions, you wish more artists would challenge themselves in such a fashion.

The follow-up to 2007’s commercial breakthrough Release the Stars, All Days Are Nights is Rufus literally stripped back to just piano and voice. Intimate, intense and up close with the openly flamboyant Wainwright as he offers up himself with no full band to hide behind. It works, too.

Much of it sounds not unlike material from his triumphant Want One and Want Two sets: the elegant fluid opener Who Are You New York?, the playful cantering of Give Me What I Want and Give It to Me Now. However, with the three sonnets (written for a Shakespeare production in Berlin), the graceful Les feux d'artifice t'appellant (the final aria from his Prima Donna opera), and opulent closer Zebulon, we’re in culture supplement territory. That said, pop does shine through: Martha is a continuation of the Wainwright clan’s tradition of airing their dirty laundry in public, with Rufus berating his sister for not answering the phone, while The Dream is begging for a big orchestra to perk up behind it.

All Days Are Nights may not be the first album you’d pop on if you were in a chipper mood, but it certainly has its place on either a wet afternoon or long candlelit nights of soul searching. --Ian Wade

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. Houston on 13 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you are have been a Rufus fan for some time and have loved the big productions on Want and particularly on Release the Stars, you could be forgiven for intially feeling this isn't what you want from Rufus. You may even feel that what you loved about Rufus' music was the flamboyance and to be fair most of this album isn't flamboyant at all - with just a piano it is very pared down even if some of the tracks have some complex piano playing in them.

A week ago when my copy arrived I really felt that way. I adore everything Rufus has ever done, but I played this album once and decided 'I don't like this - why didn't he stick with what we all like'. But I was seeing him in concert a week later and thought I ought to familiarise myself with some of it before I went. So I played it a couple more times and now...I just love it.

If you are an 'old fan' overcome your prejudices, listen to this album repeatedly until it sinks in and you'll love it.

If you are not familiar with Rufus and are just browsing to see if this is worth buying - it absolutely is. It's so clever and it's so beautiful. Just don't expect this album to give you a pop music immediate buzz - this isn't 'burger and chips' instant gratification, but 'Michelin starred' exceptional cuisine which feeds your soul.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Those of you who recently heard Rufus Wainwright's excellent "Front Row" interview with John Wilson on Radio 4 will be fully up to speed with the background to this album. As "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu" was being recorded Wainwright's mother the wonderful folk singer Kate McGarrigle was dying and eventually passed away. As he states "at the time I was writing this she was really up and down. She had incredible moments of vitality matched with equally depressing times. I had to do this kind of work". Similarly he reprises some of his own personal demons not least of all his experiences and problems with drugs, his uncloseted sexuality and parental opprobrium. Out of this sadness is borne an album of tender beauty and containing some of his most mature work and more importantly his best songs. It takes him firmly away from the recent theatrics of the Judy Garland Tributes and back in the territory of the more reflective parts of "Want"

Some reviews are suggesting that this is an unflinching and sombre listen. That is over simplistic, indeed it is absorbing and beautiful in equal parts and the those who have seen the great man live in concert will have no problems whatsoever with the spare piano accompaniment and that flamboyant tenor voice full of warm vocal timbre. Indeed in many respects the album feels familiar in terms of some of the excellent covers he does live, his version of Neil Young's "Harvest" springs to mind. Its pointless reviewing every song on "All days" since there are no bad songs on the album and you would quickly run out of superlatives. As such lets start at the finish. In "Zebulon" Wainwright has recorded probably one of his greatest songs.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Horne on 18 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm bemused by some reviewers here complaining about the music Rufus has created on this album: calling it 'self indulgent'. What the heck do these people think art is if not the product of self indulgence. Rufus has looked inward at his soul, at a challenging time in his life and has been moved to create music that is different in tone and arguably greater in complexity to his previous albums.

What precisely is the harm in this? Why are people calling themselves 'fans' and then moaning that he doesn't stick, for the rest of his life, to one style of music, repeating the same sounds over and over. Just because you are so called fans does not mean an artist should shackle himself to your expectations. There is a reason why he is the world famous musical genius, and you are not.

With this album, and his live show which I've just seen in Sheffield this night, Rufus Wainwright is inviting his fans, and new listeners, down a new musical path. This path doesn't have to be the only one, there is still room for things more familiar to some of us. But Rufus wants at least, to have the chance to experience the less familiar. So he gives us a musically complex experience influenced by classical music. And who but the Music Police on this page can object to that?

Rufus Wainwright has a long career ahead of him. So why shouldn't he experiment and test new waters and allow millions of us to enjoy his adventures with him. But no, there are some people who think he should just churn out the same sounding songs over and over again. A position, which to me, is frankly weird.

So if you are not a selfish person who demands all music to be tailored for their own unimaginative and stale tastes, you will find much that is beautiful and engrossing in this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Claffey on 9 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a long-time Rufus fan, this album has all the qualities I like about Rufus. Strong performances and melodies abound. Do not be out off by the initial starkness of the simple voice and piano arrangements throughout. Repeated listenings reward amply. HOWEVER I was rather bored by his current live performance of the entire album in the manner of a classical piece with no chat, no intros and no applause allowed! Pretentious Rufus! These are not lieder pieces. They are glorious show tunes in the style of the Gershwins. And they are very similar, in particular, to the songs on his first album.
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