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Release The Stars [CD + DVD] CD+DVD

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  • 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)

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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.

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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

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Back in April, Rufus was reported in 'Q' as saying that with Release The Stars, the follow-up to 2004's Want Two, he was "going for the sound of cash registers". This uncharacteristically mainstream-minded approach should make even the most casual of Rufus Wainwright fans look longingly towards their shelf at the New York-born singer-songwriter's back catalogue and prepare to never again hear the musical bombast of 'Oh What A World', the lyrical cheek 'Gay Messiah', or anything as beautifully tender as 'Poses'. I will admit to being incredibly nervous myself.

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)".
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I can't really add much to the very fair review by Ben below. I would probably differ from him on two counts: first, the DVD doesn't provide enough to warrant paying much over the basic album price. Although Rufus does provide a brief comment on each track, he did this much better (and for free) on his website for 'Want Two', and in in Rufusly absurd detail to boot.

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.
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this is a great CD- I too was worried as to whether it would live up to the 'Want' albums. It does, and is a more superficially commercial record. Is that such a bad thing? Would Ben of Ashbourne think it a bad thing if Tesco sold squillions of copies? Rufus deserves mainstream success- he is simply too good to stay on the sidelines.
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