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Rufus Wainwright releases his eagerly anticipated new album, ‘Out of the Game’, April 23rd on Polydor. Produced by Mark Ronson, this is the 7th studio album from one of the very best contemporary songwriters.
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Born to the Royal Family of Troubadour Folk, Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright turns his back on Greenwich Village and takes us to Broadway, Paris and Vienna. So prodigiously talented is Rufus, you would forgive him the conceited narcissism of Wolfgang Amadeus, yet his songs are intimate humble affairs and his songwriting gift roots even the most ambitious aural fancies in words direct, simple, poetic and insightful.
The cultured dandy of baroque pop, he may say he's not The Gay Messiah but he incites religious devotion and pretty much raised Judy Garland from the dead in his series of tribute recreations of her legendary Carnegie Hall show, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. Want One and Want Two are masterpieces in anyone's catalogue; that he recorded these after a 2 year battle with drug addiction is one of pop music's resounding hallelujahs.
The world has become so brutal and non-sensical you can't help but be excited about bed time.Rufus Wainwright