Rufus Wainright

★★★★☆

Band: rufus wainwright
Album: release the star
Date: OUT NOW

Band: rufus wainwright
Album: release the star
Date: OUT NOW

Before his performance on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Rufus Wainwright had been another hazy name with whom I could make no real connection. However, after his rather sexual yet melancholic rendition of ‘Going to a Town’, I had unwittingly removed ten pounds and ninety-nine pence exactly from my purse and awoke to find myself leaning over the cash desk at Borders, ready to purchase this wonderful chunk of musical merriment.

I later learned that this chocolatey, autumnal voice is recognised best by ‘Hallelujah’ from Shrek; but this man is so much more than a caricature. With his album Release the Stars, he still manages to retain the grace and air of a slightly seductive artist in the shadows though he is now considered a mainstream musician.

The album is a delicious concoction of passionate pianoforte and rhythmic sexuality (the latter aptly demonstrated in ‘Between My Legs’). This is the kind of music that has never really been achieved before, and thus begs a definition of its own. It feels oddly akin to the Scissor Sisters, but preserves the dulcet tones of a less outrageous artist. Instrumentally eclectic, soothingly fun and bohemian enough to make you feel ‘special’ just because you like it.

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