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The spare, dramatic work on All Days Are Nights is a mixed bag of sorts, though the sonics and somber mood never waver. Moving away from the lush orchestration of Release the Stars, the tunes here are built on nothing more than piano and Wainwright’s passionate tenor. His methods vary from borrowing Shakespearean sonnets to incorporating an aria—"Les feux d'artifice t'appellent"—from Wainwright’s own 2009 opera, Prima Donna. Wainwright wrote this material during the long struggle of his mother (musician Kate McGarrigle) with cancer, and the record came together in the wake of her January 2010 death. A dark, mournful tone permeates, though Wainwright is mourning more than his mother’s passing. He muses on bad romance and “repressed cads” on “Sad with What I Have” and “What Would I Ever Do with a Rose?” and examines unfulfilled desires on “The Dream.” The deep sadness and pain of loss is palpable as he sings to his sister in “Martha” and on the tender “Zebulon.” And the sonnets—originally for a 2009 stage production in Berlin—are achingly beautiful things.

Customer Reviews

Pretty Piano can't save Rufus from himself

I loved almost everything Rufus has put out with an exception of his Judy Garland tribute. His talent need not be mentioned. He's a genius, but in the case of this album he's stuck in his own little world of theatrical sadness. I'm sorry for the loss his of his mother, but his 40 minutes of whining over it does not a good album make. The piano is often quite beautiful, though not enough to overcome Wainwright's wallowing in his sorrows. I find this album quite painful. I just wanted to scream, "Get over yourself Rufus." Life is tough and full of sadness so why should we have to wallow along with him. Entertain please, don't bring us down with your overly theatrical, dramatic meanderings. I still stand by his other works though. Only recommended for mega fans who'd like to drown in Rufus' sorrows too.


This is his greatest achievement yet. Haunting melodies, enticing lyrics, an all around masterpiece that will one day sit atop the greatest piano driven ballad collections of all time.

New Rufus!

Deep and moving. He never fails to surprise nor challenge me.


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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