12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rufus Wainwright’s Want Two comes on the heels of its similarly titled predecessor, Want One, and they definitely go hand-in-hand. Nestled in lush arrangements, strings, and choir backdrops, Wainwright’s vocals soar operatically (“Agnus Dei”), yearn (“The One You Love”), and reflect (“Memphis Skyline,” a tribute to Jeff Buckley). Overall, the album has a heavily orchestrated tone. While this can be intriguing the more grandiose moments border on the overwhelming at times. Quieter moments, such as the acoustic, romantic “Peach Tree's” and the live storytelling-style of “The Art Teacher,” are all the more powerful in their sparseness. Want Two’s most introspective track, “Gay Messiah,” finds Wainwright grappling humorously and poignantly with his growing gay icon status. Though his lyrics explore love and lust, sin and loss, it’s Wainwright’s voice – melancholic and moving, passionate and sweeping – that expresses all the emotion that mere words can’t convey.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rufus Wainwright’s Want Two comes on the heels of its similarly titled predecessor, Want One, and they definitely go hand-in-hand. Nestled in lush arrangements, strings, and choir backdrops, Wainwright’s vocals soar operatically (“Agnus Dei”), yearn (“The One You Love”), and reflect (“Memphis Skyline,” a tribute to Jeff Buckley). Overall, the album has a heavily orchestrated tone. While this can be intriguing the more grandiose moments border on the overwhelming at times. Quieter moments, such as the acoustic, romantic “Peach Tree's” and the live storytelling-style of “The Art Teacher,” are all the more powerful in their sparseness. Want Two’s most introspective track, “Gay Messiah,” finds Wainwright grappling humorously and poignantly with his growing gay icon status. Though his lyrics explore love and lust, sin and loss, it’s Wainwright’s voice – melancholic and moving, passionate and sweeping – that expresses all the emotion that mere words can’t convey.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
49 Ratings
49 Ratings
magsical ,

incredible

I am a HUGE Rufus fan, so to me, a bad Rufus album is like a bad Beatles album. His worst would be someone else's best. I love Want Two, although I do think that it is less accessible to an average listener, because the some of the songs are along the lines of Bjork (whom I also love). I think that this makes Rufus even more amazing, because it shows how versatile he is. His other albums, particularly Poses and Want One, have a more musical/broadway type of feel, where as Want Two is completely on it's own. This album shows that Rufus has grown up, what with his more political songs (Gay Messiah, Waiting for a Dream). This album still contains songs about his life, past or present (Little Sister, Memphis Skyline). I especially love his tribute to Jeff Buckley in "Memphis Skyline," and it's honesty. All in all, great album, Rufus, I avidly wait for your next.

Mattio ,

Previews Just Don't Show...

I love Rufus Wainwright's Albums, and I agree with everyone, his songs will infect you and you just think about them until you listen to them again.

This album, wow! I loved Want One, but this one I think might be even better. I feel like The 30second preview doesn't really give what the songs really sound like, except for maybe "The One You Love", but I am telling you, these songs as a whole, not just the 30second preview, are AMAZING. Definately worth the money. I thought maybe the first albums would be good for people that are just starting with Rufus, but no, this definately is a great gateway album. I will definately buy it on Vynl now too (I don't buy CD's, just Records and mp3's)

The Happy Listener ,

Rufus is an unexpected delight.

Rufus kind of blindsided me at a rain soaked outdoor Ben Folds concert, when without warning he opened the show bellowing out Agnus Dei on the piano. I thought he was warming up at first, but no. He was outstanding. I bought all of his albums that night and was sorely disappointed to find that he had not yet released Want 2 because the song I most liked at that point was Agnus Dei. Since that time, I have grown to love all of his music although Want 2 might still be my favorite. This Love Affair, Little Sister, The Art Teacher, and of course Agnus Dei are my favorites on this album, but the whole thing is great.

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