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Customer Reviews

Compellingly camp and musically outrageous - a must-buy

I didn't know what to expect when I bought this. I think I was intrigued by some of the press he was getting, with praise coming from all sorts of people in the music biz (I think it was an Elton John quote that first piqued my interest, but there were all sorts of Radio 1 DJs with this album on their iPods). The first song is a good taster of what's to come: it has a thundering Bolero-esque orchestral backing, multi-part harmonies, and a supremely catchy vocal refrain. 'I don't know what it is' is another lilting song, quite gentle, and with excellent orchestration and harmonies. If you are still unsure after these two, go straight to 'Beautiful Child', Natasha', or 'Vibrate'. Beautiful Child reminds me of Pat Metheny, in a strange way, but don't let this put you off! It's a lifting, lilting piece of musical gorgeousness! And Vibrate is such a cheeky piece: "Call me any time/I'll leave my phone on vibrate for you!" The whole album is theatrical/musical/operatic/harmonic/melodic... utterly gorgeous.


Rufus is a true genius of our generation! This album is no exeption to the quality songwriting that he has brought to us over the last few years. Both Want 1 & 2 are filled with enough heart warming, angst ridden, beautiful songs that Morrissey, Robert Smith and Jeff Buckley wouldd be proud of.

rufus is wright

i came to this with an open mind not expecting to like but it blew me away, totally different to anything ive heard recently.five all the way.x x


Born: 22 July 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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