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Rufus Wainwright's 1998 debut presented the kind of artist who hadn't emerged on a major label since folks like Van Dyke Parks (who co-produced a couple of tracks here) and Harry Nilsson created quirky, complex, melodic pop masterpieces in the late '60s. Informed by everything from classical music and jazz to Tin Pan Alley, singer/pianist Wainwright crafts a rarefied blend of pop song and art song, weaving beguiling tunes like the deceptively sunny "April Fools," the Spanish-tinged "Barcelona," and the wistful, yearning "Sally Ann."

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The self-titled debut from the remarkable multi talented Wainwright has its influences set in the glorious fusion of showtune flare and (what is now known as) Tin Pan Alley. His piano-based orchestral sense shines through this collection songs about heartache, inner-city life and love. The lush lyrically driven tracks are packed with emotion paired with Wainwright's hauntingly beautiful vocal ability. This is a must have to any music lover's collection!!!


Born: July 22, 1973 in Rhinebeck, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer/songwriter whose lush, theatrical pop harked back to the traditions of Tin Pan Alley, cabaret, and even opera, Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973; the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, his parents divorced while he was a child, and he was raised by his mother in Montreal. Beginning his piano studies at age six, by 13 he was touring with his mother, aunt Anna, and his sister Martha in a group billed as the McGarrigle Sisters and Family; a year later, Wainwright...
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