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Want Two (+Bonus) [NTSC, Import]

Rufus Wainwright Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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 (29 Nov 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B0006A9G8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Agnus Dei
2. The One You Love
3. Peach Trees
4. Little Sister
5. The Art Teacher
6. Hometown Waltz
7. This Love Affair
8. Gay Messiah
9. Memphis Skyline
10. Waiting For A Dream
11. Crumb By Crumb
12. Old Whore's Diet
13. Coeur De Parisienne/Reprise D'Arletty
14. Quand Vous Mourez De Nos Amours

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Wainwright,Rufus ~ Want Two

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shh - Ear Addiction 30 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard Rufus - I thought - OK, well that was interesting, a bit overblown, a bit rich, but worth listening to again. The second time, I was entranced, the third and I was addicted - I bought every record, saw him live, became devoted to his music, was affected by his music in a way that perhaps only Pink Floyd has ever managed before.
Rufus writes complicated emotional music with many layers and drawing on his own intense personal experiences. It takes time and effort on the part of the listener to engage. He draws on a very wide range of influences and styles and makes each his own. He makes no compromises
Be warned, he will steal your soul.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious 7 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you want an introduction to Rufus Wainwright, try 'Poses' or the majestic 'Want One'. Approach 'Want Two' as a fan and you will get the most out of it.
It is a decidedly darker offering than 'Want One': the lavish orchestration and fantastic zest for life has been traded for less immediate gems that creep in on you quietly and then hammer around your head for weeks afterwards. 'Gay Messiah', 'The Art Teacher' and 'Waiting For A Dream' are examples of this man's unique songwriting ability - his lyrics are sharp, intelligent and affecting. 'Memphis Skyline' never fails to touch me and once you've seen him perform 'Agnus Dei' live: you will be both haunted and mesmerised by his presence and his voice.
I heartily recommend this album to anyone who prefers their music to be unique, thoughtful and intelligent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That Voice... 14 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Hard as teak, soft as cotton, sinuous as corded muscle...to me, Rufus Wainwright's voice is a thing of beauty. Yet, on other days I think it sounds whiney, nasal and annoying. But I rather like the idea of a musician who is different every time I hear him.

As has been noted by others, this album is a bit of a patchwork affair that, perhaps, lacks continuity. However, it's a rich confection of an album and can be a little too overwhelming to contemplate in a single sitting.

Yet there's much beauty here...Peach Trees just seems to soar and soar. Memphis Skyline a moving paean to Jeff Buckley. And Waiting for a Dream has a strange, metronomic / woozy quality that quietly hypnotises.

If you're in the right frame of mind, this is gorgeous music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rufus rumpus 8 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm still a little undecided about RW. There's no questioning the care he gives each song. The arrangements are classy even when it's just him and piano on the French language number near the end of this album. The lyrics too always have much resonance. But his voice, which is technically fine, does pall at times. Its nasal, droning quality is overt on 'Agnus Dei', an exquisite blend of East and West. On the next track, RW jumps to straight, beaty pop with caviare. No expense is spared. Thereafter, each track is fine in its own right, but RW's mix of drawl, drone and slur is a bit much after a while. His 'Dream' song, though, is inspired, while 'Old Whore's Diet' takes off in another direction, with its insistent lyric and latin rhythm. 'Want Two' is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, but comes across more as a collection of disparate tracks, whereas 'Want One' is more of a unified tapestry. The songs are, on the whole, as good, but 'Want One' probably shades it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A follow up to a work of genius!! 28 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Want Two' is the amazing follow-up to 'Want One'. It is a darker CD than 'Want One' & upon first listening to it, it didn't seem as 'catchy' or 'radio friendly' (although not as in the mainstream pop sense) as it's predecessor. However, after playing it constantly, I absolutely love it! Each track is so beautiful in its own way & again, so lyrically profound, musically rich & textured, boasting Rufus' genius & perception of the world. His operetta/chamber/classical style playing/arranging are truly hypnotic; married with Wainwright's voice, this is a truly stunning work which sets it apart from any of today's singer/songwriters. Prepare to be amazed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want More? 11 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It was difficult to see how Wainwright could come anywhere near the perfection of the previous Want One, and at first listening I found it a little disappointing. The arrangements are a little less majestic in their orchestration, and the album as a whole appears to have a little less cohesion.
However after 5 or so listens the layers start to peel back, and you start to notice things that you missed earlier on. The tunes start to get inside your head, and suddenly the sheer brilliance of the man hits you again.
And what tunes. From the fantastically atmospheric opening track through to the bonus French tracks at the end there are more ideas in this album than most achieve in a whole lifetime. As always, jam packed with melody and poignancy, with a nod and a wink to the more bizarre side of life.
And did I mention the bonus DVD live concert that comes with it?
You can hardly claim to have been shortchanged by a composer who currently has no equal for those who like intelligent music performed on a grand scale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flamboyant Rufus 23 Sep 2008
By Em
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this I heard violins scratching and thought, what is this? However I persevered and am so glad I did. Agnus Dei is a masterpiece (and who else but Rufus would dare to put a song in Latin as the first track of the album?), but all songs fit together so well and are a joy to listen to. An album with more depth than Want One but well worth the time spent on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rufus is a star!
Let me just say this album is beautiful. And worth it for "The art teacher" alone. Please do yourself a favour and just buy it.
Published 9 months ago by Dali
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still wonderful from Rufus
The story goes that Rufus had such an inspirational writing period that he wrote enough material for not one, but two new albums, hence Want One quickly followed by Want Two. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Mr. Simon E. Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique curiousity
Well, either "Mr Mongolian Bretsttew" has a sense of humour that only HE understands (note: he admittedly has many enemies) or he's 'many sandwiches short of a picnic'. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2006 by Carey Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Quite amused by the Kool and the Gang fan's review. Maybe his friends should have looked at his cd collection before recommending Rufus. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2006 by Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Kool & The Gang indeed!
The previous review is SO wrong in All ways. This is an incredible piece of music that expands the mind and moves the soul. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2006 by Spider
5.0 out of 5 stars un album magistral... de plus!!
Cet album est sorti il y a un petit moment déja mais au vu de la critique détestable que je viens de lire sur le site, je me permets d'envoyer mes impressions sur ce... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2005 by french jazz fan
5.0 out of 5 stars want two
here is a prime example of a fantastic musician and song writer ignored by the "pop focused" media.
more original and beautiful than james blunt but given no media... Read more
Published on 18 July 2005 by "jusmarmax"
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