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Editors’ Notes

Rufus Wainwright's relationship with his father may be difficult, but "Jericho" meets his old man halfway. It's a tune that, while adventurous, eventually steers back to a melody as accessible and straightforward as the elder Wainwright's modern folk tunes. Pop producer Mark Ronson and backing band The Dap-Kings help Wainwright focus on the songs without wandering too far afield, featuring moments of funky Eurodisco mixed with quieter, more modest moments. Life has changed dramatically for Rufus. His mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, died in 2010. And in 2011, he and his partner became parents, along with Lorca Cohen (Leonard's daughter), the child's biological mother. "Welcome to the Ball" throws a party. "Bitter Tears" stares down the dance floor with a heavy heart that finds a way to the light. "Montauk" imagines a sweet future and the bittersweet paradoxes of life and death. The album's deluxe edition includes the bonus track "WWIII" and a half-hour behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most ambitious and artistically vibrant singer/songwriters.

Customer Reviews

One of his best.

I am sure there will be hardcore Rufus fans who'll find something to pick apart with this album, but this is one of his best. Great vocals -- with maturity comes a newfound flair for subtle. He backs off at the right spots while still soaring when necessary. The record is very contemporary despite it's theme. Weaker songs have beautiful lyrics to compensate, and his weak songs are other artists best. I was not a huge fan of his other recent works, but this is a 10/10 effort in my book!

Not bad really...

These songs appear to be very much like the one's on Release the Stars but it comes nowhere close to his masterpiece "Poses." However, I love Rufus' voice and he is a remarkably talented young man who needs just a wee bit better material with which to use that incredible voice - though "Candles" comes pretty close.


It's rare to instantly fall in love with a song on the first listen, and to do so 13 times is probably unheard of. Rufus has created 13 perfect tracks on this album and I couldn't be happier.


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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