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Rufus Wainwright Audio CD
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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 (23 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B0000C7PSW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Oh What A World (Album Version) 4:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Don't Know What It Is (Album Version) 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vicious World (Album Version) 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Movies Of Myself (Album Version) 4:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pretty Things (Album Version) 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Go Or Go Ahead (Album Version) 6:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vibrate (Album Version) 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 14th Street (Album Version) 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Natasha (Album Version) 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Harvester Of Hearts (Album Version) 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beautiful Child (Album Version) 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Want (Album Version) 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 11:11 (Album Version) 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dinner At Eight (Album Version) 4:310.79  Buy MP3 

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Rufus Wainwright croons and cries through another set of obscenely lush and opulent pop operettas on his third album, Want One. As is to be expected, the songs are meticulously layered and richly textured, with full orchestral passages and many-throated harmonies. Producer Marius deVries (Björk, Massive Attack, Madonna) didn't mess with the already successful Wainwright sound, allowing for the young singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist to explore his familiar themes of love, loss, and "singin' about places" with the anticipated fanfare and flourish. The album's strongest segment comes in the middle, beginning with the intimate-to-epic "Go or Go Ahead," barreling through the wildly spinning rock opera "14th Street," and landing softly on the gently chiming "Natasha." Oddly, unlike his previous two releases, Wainwright's musings seem less focused and a little meandering on a handful of the songs. The lazy, loping "Want" is much more stream-of-consciousness t! han anything else he's recorded, and the slightly goofy "Vibrate" (with its references to Britney Spears and electroclash) may sound dated before the album is played a second time. The sessions that produced Want One were apparently so prolific that another volume (Want Two?) is in the works, but it could turn out to be that distilling both albums down to one would have made for a more complete overall work. Who knows, this new looseness to his rigid pop constructivism may end up being a good thing, and, frankly, Wainwright could be singing lists of names out of the phone book and it would still be more exciting and inventive than 99 percent of the other albums out there. --Zac Johnson, All Music Guide

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting 18 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of a magazine review, having never heard of Wainwright before. I have been astounded by how good it is from the very first play. It is hard to categorise the music as it is quite unique in modern rock music. The overwheming impression is the huge joyous scale of the music. There is a richness of musical textures and an intelligence of lyrics that are totally absorbing - but not in a serious sense - it's like someone has discovered how to liberate a new facet of music - and your soul with it. If you like melody and orchestration, but with a real driving edge, you will like this. Frankly I can hardly stop playing it, and I've had it over 3 months now. I defy you not to be singing along at the top of your voice as one crescendo follows another. I have been an avid music fan for over 40 years and I have to say this is one of the best albums it has ever been my pleasure to hear. Buy it. Support the artist. You will not be disappointed.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Rufus 19 July 2005
By Duncan
Format:Audio CD
Thank God there are still artists who are daring enough to write great pop songs! I have only really known about Rufus for a week or so. After seeing him play live (on the DVD you get free with various copies of 'Want two') I went straight out and bought both the 'Want' albums. Both these albums are really fresh in my mind, so this review is perhaps a bit premature, but I just can't help myself.
I'm absolutely in love with this man's sound. I walked around with this album in my CD player and never once felt the urge to skip a track. I know it sounds hopelessly cheesy but the world seemed truly wonderful with this album in my headphones. The tunes range from deliriously fun slices of pop genius ('I Don't Know What It Is') to deeply emotional and affecting songs ('Dinner at Eight).
Many have made comparisons between Rufus and Thom Yorke and I agree that their voices are similar in places. But to compare Rufus to Radiohead is unfair, because this music is in a world of its own.
There isn't a song on this album I don't like, but if I were to name highlights I would say that 'I don't know what it is', Go or Go Ahead', '14th Street' and 'Dinner at Eight' are up there with the best songs written in the last 2 years. But seriously, EVERY song is great.
My advice to anyone reading this is to give both this and 'Want Two' (it's much darker but equally wonderful sequel) a go.
I'm very rarely compelled to try to sell someone anything, but Rufus Wainwright is an artist that is truly not to be missed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum Opus 2 Oct 2003
By ma0sm
Format:Audio CD
There's no room for Rufus Wainwright in todays pop scene. Writing tunes of epic proportion in a style that touches on showtunes, classical and pop has seen him release two incredible albums that have gone near unnoticed in this country. If you like Ed Harcourt, Jeff Buckley or Ben Folds, then Rufus should be a welcome addition to your collection. With a voice to die for, this album is more than a worthy successor to his previous gems, 'Poses' and 'Rufus Wainwright'.
The essential Rufus is still there, but with a lot more production and orchestration in this new incantation. We hear Rufus singing in newly expanded ranges and once again, pulling it off. It takes a true talently to seemlessly oscillate between full-orchestra elevation, a soulful voice backed by a solitary piano and an infectiously uplifting vocal chorus. Just listen to 'Go Or Go Ahead' for an example of this all encompasing musical journey. Thankfully we still have the tracks with nothing but a piano and a vocal line and this is where Rufus really shines. The man is such a talented musician, singer and songwriter that not since Jeff Buckley have I felt so moved by such seemingly effortless magnum opus. Just listen to 'Dinner At Eight' and 'Pretty Things' for an example of that minimalist beauty.
The highlight of the album is the grandiose 'Beautiful Child' with a simple percussion and acoustic guitar introduction building to an melodious masterpiece only to be brought out with an infectious repeated vocal all with a tribal underbelly. Justin, this is what 'Cry Me A River' should have been.
So there you have it, another great album from a great performer. There's no doubting the man's talent so now all that's left is for you to buy the album!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words just don't do it justice but I'll try.... 21 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
....just settle down late in the evening, crack open a bottle of red wine, have a few glasses, turn out the lights and put this album on. If songs like 'I Don't Know What It Is', 'Go Or Go Ahead' or '14th Steet' don't make you feel...well, something, then, frankly, you have no soul. I've picked three but they are all wonderful.
Whatever music you think you like this is just genius. Don't close your mind. There's two sorts of music. Good and bad.
I would just die to write songs like this. Jeff Buckley would have been a massive fan. Elton John is. And whatever you think of Elton John he did write some great songs. This guy writes great songs too and you need them in your life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't just want it, you need it 12 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Despite my constant exploration of different music, I hadn't come across Rufus Wainwright before. Then, one Sunday evening, I was watching the Ivor Novello tribute to one of my greatest musical heroes - Elton John - and in his acceptance speech he referred to the need for musicians to listen widely. He identified Rufus Wainwright as the best young songwriter in the world. Needless to say, I was intrigued and purchased the album on the strength of the masters' recommendation.
This is not an album which hits you immediately - rather it takes a few careful listens until you appreciate its qualities. When you become comfortable with its sound, however, it becomes magical. This is an artist with a unique sound, providing evidence of his own wider listening through the huge range of stylistic influences which run through his songs. The singing and playing throughout is superb and I would recommend it to anyone. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
My wife absolutely loves this album and that was who it was bought for. If she is happy, so am I.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. David P. Hyde
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish - avoid at all costs
I can't believe the positive reviews. This is thin pretentious rubbish. I am a big fan of the McGarrigle sisters, Loundon Wainwright and also think Martha Wainwright is a really... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leither
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best.
My third copy of this album, I prefer CDs to mp3s and I wear them out something rotten. Some of the tracks on here are so epic and theatrical, like vibrate, and dinner at eight. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance
Rufus Wainwright's song writing is some of the best that I've ever heard. The album is full of beautifully crafted songs with plenty of use of the dynamic range. Read more
Published 8 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Want One
Fabulous album. Rufus Wainwright at his best and his songs are so atmospheric. I highly recommend everyone to listen to him and buy this album.
Published 16 months ago by sarah griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars my very favorite rufus album
this album is sheer genius. it must in one way or another connect to each and every persons inner being. the tittle says it all. Read more
Published 17 months ago by hils
5.0 out of 5 stars Rufus : A 21st century, Billy Joel ?
Until recently, i had never heard a Rufus Wainwright album ( saw him on Graham Norton, performing " Out Of The Game ", title track from new album ) Liked the song, and decided to... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. R. Haden
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GREAT ALBUM
Such a great album from Rufus and I am just so glad that I was able to get it and enjoy it. I think if you haven't heard much of his stuff then you should start here and just... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by James P Manwaring
1.0 out of 5 stars Listening to boring lyrics and music.Rufus Wainwright.c.d.
I cannot even begin to comprehend how dull this c.d. is, after seeing Rufus Waingwright on recent BBC programme I thought I would "give him a go" what a mistake. Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by Terry Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious.......
This album and Want Two are magnificent. Beautiful, tragic, uplifting. What can I say? The melodies, the splendour of the orchestration, the lavish use of strings and piano and of... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2010 by Jane K
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