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Want One
Want One
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Price: 5.75

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you get what you deserve, 6 Oct 2003
This review is from: Want One (Audio CD)
In a way this review is uneccessary, because if you are looking at this page you have already discovered the delights of Rufus Wainwright and therefore have, almost certainly, bought this record. That is how it works with Rufus, it might be a cliche, but once you have heard him you love him. He is an artist to be cherished.
However, great artists have made bad records before ('all is dream', anyone? the new bonnie prince billy record??) and i was greatly trepedatious when purchasing 'Want One'. i had almost worn out my copy of poses, a record so full of life, and attention to detail, that i felt as though i had read a wonderful novel everytime it finished, and badly 'want'ed (yes, i know) something new to obsess about. The relief comes as soon as the first track is introduced with the kind of harmony not heard since 'surf's up' by the beach boys.
it is obvious from the beginning that Rufus has upped his game. the arrangements are more complex, and the vocals soar to an even greater extent than before. he sounds even more this time around like jeff buckley covering the greatest hits of frank sinatra. which, believe me, is a very great thing indeed. so, to conclude, no weak tracks, and something trully beautiful to get you through the winter, to enhance your appreciation of your suroundings like only the most amazing records can. if new york pulsates to the great sounds of george gershwin, my town pulsates to the sound of 'want one'.

Let It Come Down
Let It Come Down
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and gentlemen you are listening to a masterpiece, 23 Mar 2003
This review is from: Let It Come Down (Audio CD)
I cannot begin to understand the antipathy shown towards this record by the reviewers on this page, only to suggest that maybe they are suffering from elitism (as spiritualized became ever more popular with this release). I appreciate some of the criticisms, namely that all the songs sound the same, but if this had been a problem surely none of us would have listened to any of Jason Pierce's songs after the first Spaceman 3 record. As for the lyrics being weak, well, firstly, Pierce has never shown any desire to emulate Bob Dylan in this department, and secondly, i think to level this at him is to misunderstand the wit and irony evident in his work.
So, what IS good about 'Let It Come Down'? One of its main stengths is the sense of euphoria it generates in the listener in terms of both the lyrics and the music. While not quite being worthy of the Polyphonic Spree there is a playfulness and an apparent zest for life on display here (although, this being a Spiritualized record there are of course numerous references to narcotics and one gets the feeling that by zest for life one really means a zest for getting as wasted as possible). As for the music, it is unreservedly beautiful and the lush and complex orchestrations and arrangements, in essence, all but make the lyrics completely insignifcant. It is the music that makes this record the masterpiece it is (it is far more consistant and ultimately more more moving than 'Ladies and Gentlemen...'). In fact, one could imagine Sinatra singing something like 'Anything More', and really there is no bigger compliment.

All Is Dream
All Is Dream
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Price: 5.37

4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All Is Lost, 20 Jun 2002
This review is from: All Is Dream (Audio CD)
Reading the glowing reviews associated with this record i am as lost for words as Mr Donahue is lost for a tune. In the run up to it's release I so eagerly anticipated this record, an anticipation heightened by hearing two tracks - The Dark Is Rising and Nite and Fog. How despairing i felt then when i purchased it and found them to be the only worthwhile songs on here. The title infers that this will be an artifact full of wild ideas and musical exploration, but in fact what we are confronted with is grey and dull. It is not, as one might be led to believe, that Mercury rev have made a difficult record, nor is it a dark or interesting record, it is merely an attritional one. The only dreaming done in the making of this album is from the sleep induced by too many (it seems) pot smoking sessions. Trully, a band out of ideas.

The Texas Jerusalem Crossroad
The Texas Jerusalem Crossroad
Price: 6.49

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs Of Praise, 17 Mar 2002
It's funny how if any artist, or indeed any person, professes any kind of conviction that does not ultimately coincide with cosy, naive, sixties liberalism they are immediately rounded upon and mocked or dismissed out of hand. Enter Lift To Experience to a torrant of Guffaws.
Much like with Dylans' Slow Train Comin' we are told to appreciate the music despite the lyrical content. As if in some way to hear someone talk or write about religion and religious belief is offensive. It's that same kind of attitude that leads people to scream: 'don't force your opinions on me' when confronted by any kind of mention of the word God.
Well, these kinds of people may be able to separate music from lyrics but they are missing out. LTE marry the sound of Mogwai to the vocals of Jeff Buckley. But the lyrics are essential, convaying passion and wit at all times.
Ultimately, then, we are left with one of the greatest records of this or any time (There are perhaps half a dozen moments on here to equal Buckley at his best) and for this we should really thank God.

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