- Audio CD (5 April 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B0038JH3AU
- 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: 88,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu CD
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Mozart kids have lost a matriarch and a half= time to both celebrate the life and mourn the leaving of family and music. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2012 by Morning, lulu
The music on the album is superb (as is most of Rufus Wainwright's output) but the quality of this vinyl pressing is an absolute shocker, made more so by how expensive it is. Read morePublished on 1 May 2012 by JATL
I know this latest from rufus was made around sad times in his life and i hope it gets better for him,good luck pal hes lifted my spirits on many occasions,,as for the album, cd,... Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2010 by charley
I have been very fortunate to see Rufus Wainwright perform his 'All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu' tour twice in one week. Read morePublished on 10 July 2010 by mtoning
I saw Rufus at the Kenwood Picnic Concert in London at the weekend.
It was him, a mike and a piano, sometimes playing the piano himself, sometimes with an accompanyist. Read more
It's true this is rather different from previous Rufus albums - no band - just piano and vocals. However, some of the piano is simply mindblowing and very "Rufus". Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2010 by janjan
This is a bit of a slow burner, but after a couple of listens the quality starts to shine through. I wish it was the same with the vinyl its pressed on. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2010 by Nathan Cullen