I really can't praise Rufus Wainwright enough. His voice is unique and beautiful. Descriptions like "eerily haunting" and "soulful" come to mind, though frankly some of his songs are soul-destroying. His rendition of 'Hallelujah' for example (note: not on this album) is guaranteed to make me cry, or at least give me the shivers long after it's over.
'Poses' is no exception to this kind of emotional potency. Although I found this album to be more uplifting than I'd expected. I have often joked that Wainwright is not someone to listen to when you're feeling glum and want to cheer up, but a number of songs on this album are genuinely uplifting due to their beauty. 'Greek Song' is a particular favourite of mine, and I find myself humming it under my breath at random moments.
Wainwright's lyrical style and haunting voice really touch the soul. I only ever experienced chills and powerful emotional responses whilst listening to classical music before stumbling across Rufus Wainwright, and now I discover he has the same effect. He can inspire tumultuous emotions, a need to sway along to the music, and a desire to create your own works of art. I often find myself inspired to write, be it academic papers or fiction, when listening to his voice.
I really can't recommend him enough.
If you're looking for something completely new, and yet with the pure unadulterated talent of 'the oldies', when real music was still being created instead of simply repackaged, you need to buy this album. And all his others.