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Easily one of the best singer-songwriters of his generation, Rufus Wainwright exceeds his debut album's promise with Poses, his 2001 sophomore release. This time, he deepens his exceptional command of classically influenced melody while adding greater lyrical nuance. Poses presents Wainwright's unique mixture of boyish innocence and urbane sophistication in an array of pop and rock settings. From the harmony-bathed rush of "California" to the piano-driven bounce of "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," he ascends his gorgeously wrought tunes with near-operatic grace. His special forte is slow flowing Spanish rhythms, as evidenced in the evocative title track. Rufus is equally adept at outside material. He fills Loudin Wainwright III"s "One Man Guy" with gentle self-mockery, while his version of the Beatles' "Across the Universe" shimmers with yearning. Producer Pierre Marchand surrounds Wainwright with tracks elegantly rococo in spots, cleanly rendered in others. It all combines to make Poses a work of rare artistry and sly charm.


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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