- Audio CD (14 May 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD
- Label: Geffen
- ASIN: B000PA9O7K
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Release The Stars [CD + DVD] CD+DVD
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This is one of THE albums of 2007. Rufus Wainwright - the crown prince of singer-songwriters - is back with a new album - `Release The Stars'
`Release The Stars' is a 12-track masterclass in songwriting and production - this is his first new material since 2005's remarkable `Want Two'. The album is written and produced by Rufus himself, with Neil Tennant as executive producer. Long time collaborator, Marius de Vries, has also sprinkled magic dust over the tracks in the mix.
Recorded in Berlin and executive produced by the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, Rufus Wainwright's fifth album offers an ounce of restraint from the man that dressed up as Sir Lancelot's crossed girlfriend Lady Shallott on the cover of his last. Well, not really. Having fallen in love and curbed his self-destructive streak, the New York-born singer-songwriter has certainly sharpened his wit on Release the Stars but the songs remain as ornate and over-the-top as ever, drawing as much inspiration from opera and the musical theater as the desire to purge personal demons. So while Wainwright spends considerable time here pondering the state of the world ("Going to a Town") and his own battles with drug and sexual addiction ("Sanssouci"), every note is punctuated by a choir, orchestral swell, or big burst of brass. It wouldn't be Rufus with anything less. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
Thankfully, none of us had anything to worry about. I even half-wonder whether he was joking, because at a time when fellow New Yorkers Scissor Sisters and the once interesting Snow Patrol - whose brilliant previous albums were both critical and commercial successes - now appeal to the sort of people who buy their records from Tesco, Rufus is always going to Rufus. Thank the messiah.
Release The Stars sits somewhere between Poses, with its mature songwriting, and the Want albums, with their penchant for the epic and grandiose. The perfect examples being 'Not Ready To Love', a gorgeous, etherial ballad that swoons and shimmers like the best songs off that beautiful second album, before falling seamlessly into the next track 'Slideshow', with a brass section the size of Jupiter invading the chorus. Rufus hasn't lost his sense of humour either and 'Tulsa' is proof of that; a dramatic whurlwind of a song written about Killers frontman Brandon Flowers (no, seriously) and a night spent together in a bar, complete with the biting line "and that poor girl who waited in the rain for hours to meet me (not you baby)".Read more ›
As for where this album stands in relation to his previous work... I think many long-standing fans may not be blown away, but I do think this is a more assured, consistent and enjoyable album than anything he's done before. It's certainly a great album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is the 5th album from rufus wainwright.excutively produced by pet shop boys, neil tennant.
release the stars!!! composer and performer by rufus wainwright. Read more
I am very biased when it comes to dear Rufus, BUT.... he has excelled himself. I love the Wagner, Mozart, Beethoven and Shubert overtones but please don't think that I am a... Read morePublished on 15 May 2007 by Louise S. Mayall