16 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rufus Wainwright has popular-song chops and an ambitious streak (see his opera), so it makes sense that he’d want to set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. On Take All My Loves, he even provides multiple interpretations of individual pieces. "Sonnet 43" is first arranged for spoken vocals and flinty electronics before it’s presented with orchestral sweep and operatic singing. “Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23)” tilts into adult-contemporary rock, while other tracks have a progressive folk feel. Throughout, Wainright’s sonic diversity complements the range of literary devices that reside in the Bard's source material.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rufus Wainwright has popular-song chops and an ambitious streak (see his opera), so it makes sense that he’d want to set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. On Take All My Loves, he even provides multiple interpretations of individual pieces. "Sonnet 43" is first arranged for spoken vocals and flinty electronics before it’s presented with orchestral sweep and operatic singing. “Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23)” tilts into adult-contemporary rock, while other tracks have a progressive folk feel. Throughout, Wainright’s sonic diversity complements the range of literary devices that reside in the Bard's source material.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
jyo_tirmaya ,

Too Artsy farsty...

I love Rufus' voice and style, but this album is like having to do homework in high school. I wish he would go back to his "Poses" and "Release the Stars" vibe...

EPBaker ,

Oh Rufus...

Rufus Wainwright is one of my favorite artists, that said, I think the word disappointed doesn't even describe my feelings about this album. I admit that I saw that he had a new album and just purchased it without reading the description..and that is where I failed. It just isn't what I was looking for! I wanted to hear Rufus Wainwright singing sonnets...not other people speaking/singing them. Yes, Rufus is an incredible musician, but the other reason why we love him is because of his incredible voice...just disappointed. I only enjoy 3 of the 16 tracks (songs)..everything else, I will most likely delete. 12$ I definitely could have used somewhere else..🙁 sorry

JJ Rider ,

For Florence alone, simply Brilliant

Enough said.

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