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Should've Done Better....by far,
This review is from: Out Of The Game (Audio CD)
I've been a Rufus fan for years, ever since his truly superb pair of 'Want' albums back in the mid noughties. I even grew to love the slightly difficult piano-&-vocal-only last release 'Lulu: All Days Are Nights'. But with 'Out Of The Game' Rufus seems to have dispensed with his greatest asset: melody.
Mark Ronson's production work, in a very 1970's middle-of-the-road style, is really neither here nor there with such a weak set of songs, and by the 5th or 6th track I'm irritated by the vanilla wishy-washiness of it all.
I expected so much more from Mr Wainwright who used to be one of our great contemporary songwriters.
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Initial post: 3 May 2012, 15:46:54 BST
M. Hazelwood says:
The tunes are there - like most RUfus songs they take a while to sink in. Then the tunes never leave you.
Posted on 5 May 2012, 13:05:06 BST
Have to agree. I really dislike the production on this, and keep getting the feeling of something missing: probably Rufus' orchestral pomp of old.
Posted on 7 May 2012, 20:43:05 BST
One more opinion says:
But the Wants were very different from the debut which was all simple and folksy. And then came along Poses with it's poppiness - even some programmed drums! And then the Wants - overblown big sound, too busy. More of the same with Release the Stars - big swirling strings. And what the hell was he up to with that solo piano thing?! Really can you believe he doesn't just want to make the same album, exactly the same at the Wants, over and over and over and over.
If you can't hear melody you're really not listening. Get the version with the DVD where he talks about each song and does a solo piano of I think it was Rashida. You'll then get what he's up to. It does sound a bit different to previous albums - but really not very much! If anything that would be the more accurate comment - that it's just the same old Rufus again.
Posted on 23 May 2012, 01:24:15 BST
Bang on the money with this comment. Half of the songs are failing to grow on me. Some, like Rashida, are like templates for great Rufus songs - they should work, but the spark has gone. There are still six good songs on there, but taken as a whole the album is worryingly bland.
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