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Utterly, Utterly Brilliant
on 11 April 2005
Rufus Wainwright is quite clearly a genius.
Having heard intriguing snippets of the tracks 'Agnus Dei' and 'Little Sister' on 'Front Row' on Radio 4 a few weeks ago I finally got my act together and ordered this last weekend. It hasn't been off my CD player since (apart from when I've needed to play 'I am a Bird Now' by Antony & the Johnsons - another absolute must-buy).
This album demonstrates Rufus Wainwright's unique abilities as a song-writer and performer. Full of truly beautiful songs with arrangements which vary from simple, pared-down, voice and a piano to sweeping, Mozartian strings. Some up-beat, some low-key. Wainwright's voice is unusual - perhaps best described as languorous - but I absolutely love it and could listen to him sing for hours on end.
The DVD in this special edition is worth the money alone too. Mr W performing live at the Fillimore in San Fransisco. He's enchanting on stage and enchanting off it - there are some short clips interspersed through the DVD of him talking in the street (including a fabulously bizarre interlude where he happens across a bride sitting on the steps of a registry office talking on her mobile 'phone. He asks her if she's just got married and she tells him that she didn't because her husband-to-be turned up dressed as a giant rabbit. We then see said rabbit/husband...) Don't even consider buying the non-DVD version of 'Want Two' - the extra two or three quid is worth itself several times over.
All of this is perhaps why I bought 'Want One' on Saturday (from a shop - couldn't wait 24 hours for it to arrive from here - sorry Amazon), bought tickets to see him perform next month and am about to order his first and second albums here.
Everybody who cares about real music should own this album.