Poses [US Bonus Track]

Poses [US Bonus Track]

by Rufus Wainwright

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Overview

On "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," the opening track of his stunningly sophisticated sophomore album, Poses, Rufus Wainwright confesses to his indulgences: "Everything it seems I like is a little bit sweeter, a little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me." Set to a seductively simple keyboard vamp that slips into occasionally dissonant chords, the song is as artful as it is amusing, especially when it ends in an ironic flourish with, "So please be kind/ if I'm a mess." Although he is the son of singer-songwriters Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III (Rufus covers one of his father's best-known tunes, "One Man Guy," here), his songs are indulgently theatrical, more suited for the cabaret than the coffee house, and given to sweeping, swooning piano-based melodies and crescendoing string arrangements. The stately, poised title track features witty wordplay worthy of Stephen Sondheim -- "Life is a game and true love is a trophy" -- and lovely background vocals from his sister, Martha Wainwright. Elsewhere, "Shadows," a collaboration with the Propellerheads' Alex Gifford, overlays a sexy funk groove with a string section, while "California" is a shining pop moment masking disillusionment with the state's shiny veneer: "So much to plunder that I think I'll sleep instead." Poses is a remarkable album, one that establishes Rufus Wainwright as one of pop music's most exciting and unique young voices.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2002
Label: Dreamworks
UPC: 0600445036925
catalogNumber: 450369

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner   Drums
Julianna Raye   Background Vocals
Gregg Arreguin   Guitar
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Bernadette Colomine   Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Charles Everett   Violin
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Normand Forget   Oboe
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Alex Gifford   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Christine Giguere   Cello
Kevin Hupp   Drums
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Ethan Johns   Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin
Brian Leonard   Violin
Pierre Marchand   Bass,Piano
Ally McErlaine   Guitar
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Greg Wells   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Sean Lennon   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Ashwin Sood   Drums
Joey Waronker   Drums
Suzie Katayama   Leader
Damian leGassick   Guitar,Keyboards
Martha Wainwright   Background Vocals
Stéphane Allard   Violin
Dan Savant   Leader
Rudy Stein   Cello
Becca Ware   Viola
Yves Desrosiers   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Teddy Thompson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Richard Causon   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,chamberlain,Wurlitzer
Geneviève Beaudry   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Mélanie Bélair   Violin
Dan Smith   Cello
Brigid Button   Violin
Sarah Button   Violin
Hilary Skewes   Cello
Jeff Hill   Bass,Background Vocals
Julie Dupras   Viola
Greg Hay   Viola
Steve Richards   Cello
Carla Antoun   Cello
Wilma Hos   Viola
Pete Wilson   Bass Guitar
Michele Richards   Violin
Jean Paquin   French Horn
Jean Marc Leblanc   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Jon Lewis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Tom Banghart   Engineer,Remixing
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Alex Gifford   Producer
Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Steve Sidelnyk   drum programming
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Greg Wells   Producer,Remixing
Bryan Martin   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
Damian leGassick   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Rufus Wainwright   String Arrangements,Art Direction
Janet Wolsborn   Art Direction
Dominique Grand   Engineer

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Poses [US Bonus Track] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rufus' cd Poses blew me away. His strong voice and soothing accent makes his music simply facinating! My favorite song is definatly cigerates and chocolate milk but I love the entire cd! this is definatley something i can listen to over and over and never get tired of. He is wonderful :)
PittTenor More than 1 year ago
I randomly bought this CD years ago because I read about it in a magazine, and that is how my love affair with Rufus Wainwright began. My first couple listenings found his music soothing, and I actually went to sleep with Poses playing for a while. Once I gave it a closer listening, I found a lot of his lyrics to be very personal, and I connected with it very deeply. "Cigarettes and chocolate milk" never fails to put a smile on my face, and his cover of "Across the Universe" is beautiful. My favorite track on the CD is a cover of his father's song, "One man guy." I don't think I've ever had a song resonate with me more than this one. I think Rufus is brilliant, and his subsequent albums have only made me love him more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poses from Rufus Wainwright is nothing short of spectacular. He's a genius! I can not praise this cd enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Wainwright's music is such a heavenly pleasure. Every song on the Poses album is captivating and extremely clever. He is what William Shakespeare is to Christopher Marlowe, a pure innovative genius. I look forward to his next endeavor
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is beautiful. Every track feels like liquid music flowing with peace and tranquility. His version of Across The Universe (done for the I Am Sam soundtrack) is worth the purchase alone. I look forward to hearing the many albums to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luffs Rufus Wainwright. Ever since I bought the Shrek soundtrak I fell in love with his voice. So soothing and warm it is; then I bought the Moulin Rouge Sountrack until, finally, I bought Poses. As great of a singer he is, the quality of it is a little...off. Like in "Cigarettes and Chocalate Milk" there is continuous hiss and in "Across the Universe" tends to crack when he's carrying a long note. I don't if this is only my CD or my equipment, but that'[s what I have heard. Still, I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, I love this album. It's amazing how talented this young man is. If you liked his first album you'll simple adore this one.(Even if you dislike cigarettes... or chocolate milk!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too few people in this world have never heard of Rufus Wainwright. When asked if I had heard of him two years ago, I gave the inquirer my often used what-the-heck-are-you-talking-about look, and said, "Who?", as poiletly as I could manage. Now, writing this review, I am a fan. The first song I ever heard by Rufus was "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk." Scanning the back of the CD, my first thought was, admittdly, 'strange people.' Annoyed, I set the disk down into the CD player, rather harder then necessary. As the first wave of music hit me, I sat down on my bed, and remained there until the CD was done. I pushed play again, and again, and again. I simply could not believe that I could have missed such a jem, being a music enthusist myself, I try to listen to as much music as possible, rap to classical. I found that listening to Rufus Wainwright's music gave me a feeling of-well, mixed feelings. For some of the songs, I would stun myself (and permenatly blind all others around me), and dance, or I would frown, and comtemplate what was being said/sung to me. All in all, I really loved this CD, and thought it was "Just fabulous!" NOTE: Buy tickets for as many concerts as possiable, seeing as he is simply fabulous (my favorite word) in concert!
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