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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 Cassette (14 Jun 2001)
  • Label: Billboard Singles
  • ASIN: B00005MLLY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pocket full of Poses 18 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Rufus is too young to be so precociously talented, but there you have it. This album oozes a maturity, guile and wit that you might expect from such veterans as Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. The opening track 'cigarettes and chocolate milk' with it's almost 'thrown together in ten minutes' feel, evokes a world weariness in the mould of Leonard Cohen or Randy Newman, while 'shadows' demonstrates a slick sophistication, reminding me very much of KD Laing's 'Ingenuie'. But before you think I see Wainwright as some sort of pastiche composite of other artists, let me assure you this is one of the best albums I have heard in 2002. Hauntingly familiar but refreshingly original this album surfs a variety of moods from dark and slinky to light and poppy with engaging and intelligent lyrics all the way through. I hope it reaches a sizeable audience.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars emotional masterpeice 31 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was an album which I picked up after reading an exellent review in People magazine. I had absolutely no idea what the music was like or wheather it would appeal to me in any way. I have not heard anything from his first album, but let me tell you, I will. This record is absolutely unique. It hits emotional depths in the most unexpected places. I give it a 4 star rating, instead of a 5, because, I believe it drops in quality about halfway through and leads to what is basically an anti-climax. However, I love that it ends with a reprise of "Cigarettes and Chocolaite Milk", one of the strongest singles. Other favourites of mine include the eerily haunting "Shadows", the catchy, ironic, self-mocking"California" and one of the best songs of all time, the absolute masterpiece"Poses". I urge everyone to have this CD. It is a shame that it is going by unnoticed. Rufus deserves more than that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 9 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having heard Want One and Want Two first I was reluctant to listen to Rufus Wainwrights earlier work in the fear that it would taint my view that Rufus is definitely a special musician.
Poses is with no exception an outstanding album and each song possesses the distinct perfection of every track that I have heard.
If you have enjoyed any of Rufus' music you will undoubtedly enjoy Poses, listen out for 'Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk' and 'California'.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation! 5 April 2006
By Aaron
Format:Audio CD
I am ashamed to say i knew nothing of Rufus until the closing credits of a certain episode of Queer As Folk (U.S.) and was reduced to tears by Poses! I was blown away and haven't recovered yet! I got the album the next day, then the next album, and the next! - and then the DVD... I couldn't get my head around the music or him, and it's that 'unassimilateability' that keeps me hooked. I find him and it to be full of contradictions: he'll write a turn of phrase that makes me think of the Mamas & Papas and then follows it with a phrase of sheer inspiration. He'll write something that i would send back in a GCSE composition but follow it up with utter profundity. (Track 1 starts with utter triviality and becomes a song i'll never forget!) He does things that shouldn't work musically but put a hole in your heart.
In short, what a breath of eternally fascinating, honest and touching fresh-air. The colour he brings to my life i would not be without.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 17 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Boy, is this record fantastic! I can't believe it's taken me so long to finally get round to picking it up, but now I'm really struggling to play anything else at the moment!
The tunes are nothing short of fabulous - complex, detailed, subtle melodies are stamped all over this album, and it's been such a long time since I last fell for a record like I've fallen for this one.
The only comparison I can really think of is to Jeff Buckley's "Grace", but only in that they share a very similar vibe and maturity - like "Grace" this record certainly doesn't reveal itself straight away, and even now I'm picking up quirks that I didn't spot immediately.
Highly recommended!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By GemmaA
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Want One is better having better technical recording and backing.It is however interesting to to see the development and progression from to.
Published 3 months ago by KEITH JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, intelligent and beautiful
The music on this CD has everything I rate most highly in modern popular ballads - originality, freedom from the love-song-cliches of the charts, lyrics both quirky and serious and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Trevor Simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars An utter dirge, for the most part...
Having never heard of Rufus, I bought this on the basis of an overheard conversation during a visit to the theatre (the people behind me, who seemed quite sensible, were raving... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2009 by Wordson Canvas
5.0 out of 5 stars Want one? I got them all!
Sorry Rickey. Wright you ain't!

This is one fine album, and though I like Wainwright's first it's not as good as this one. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2009 by soreleftfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
I simply adore this Album. It was the first of his albums i purchased, because of such good reviews in music magazines, and it really doesn't disapoint. One of my favorite albums! Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2007 by R. Findlay
3.0 out of 5 stars If you want to try something new!
What an unusual album - and all the more refreshing and interesting for it. It's hard to compare it to anything else currently doing the rounds and put me more in mind of... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2006 by Julia Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning!
I remember buying Q magazine a few years ago and noticing that 'Poses' was in the top 50 for that year! Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2006 by Mr. T. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This album is one you have to listen to more than once, the first time you think ive made a mistake getting this, but after that it's brilliant one your'll listen to over... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars First Full Flowering Of Genius
The tame reaction of the official Amazon reviewer is indeed odd, as this is one of the greatest 20 albums in the history of recorded popular music. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2005 by Alice Cribbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Sixty-four-year-old newcomer says 'BRILLIANT'
Had only heard of the McGarrigle sisters (I think Kate is Rufus' mother) and didn't know anything about Rufus at all. Had never heard of him. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2005
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