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In interviews, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been exceptionally honest about his problems with addiction and family strife, particularly his volatile relationship with his singer-songwriter father, Loudon Wainwright III. The younger Wainwright's songs are unusually honest, too, though it's not just in the lyrics that he lays bare his soul. He adheres to the centuries-old notion that the music must add meaning to a song's words -- which isn't so surprising coming from someone who claims Schubert and Verdi as his musical idols. Aided by veteran producer Marius deVries, Want One takes the opulent arrangements of Wainwright's first two albums (Rufus Wainwright and Poses) a step further, underscoring the emotional richness and inherent theatricality of these confessional songs. The results are often surprising. Originally conceived as "an angry rock thing," "Vicious World" becomes a deliriously hazy dream (or nightmare?) with gently throbbing keyboard harmonies. "14th Street" is built around the down-to-earth, country-esque refrain, "Why'd you have to break all my heart? / Couldn't you have saved a little bit of it?," yet the music is an unexpectedly elaborate honky-tonk symphony. Not all the songs are so lavishly realized, though. "So Pretty" is an intimate number with piano accompaniment, and "Harvester of Hearts" evokes the low-lit atmosphere of a smoky jazz club. Wainwright's struggles with big issues have always been plain in his music, and though he looks to be on the path to recovery, it's the listener who reaps the biggest bounty: Rufus's poignant, often powerful songs offer themes and melodies that burrow deep into one's consciousness.
Performance CreditsRufus Wainwright Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Recorder,fender rhodes
Charlie Sexton Guitar
Sterling Campbell Drums
Simon Clarke Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Marius de Vries Piano,Vibes
Levon Helm Drums
Kick Horns Brass
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jenni Muldaur Vocals
Tim Sanders Tenor Saxophone
Paul Spong Trumpet
Linda Thompson Vocals
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Jimi Zhivago Guitar,Piano
Kate McGarrigle Banjo
Martha Wainwright Vocals
Nick Hitchens Tuba
Joyce Smith Harp
Adrian Hallowell Bass Trombone
Gary Leonard Guitar,Mandolin
Bernard O'Neil Bass
Teddy Thompson Vocals
David Stewart Bass Trombone
Maxim Moston Concert Master
Jeff Hill Bass
Alexandra Knoll Oboe
London Oratory Choir Choir, Chorus
David Sapadin Clarinet
Daniel Shelly Bassoon
Matt Johnson Drums
Technical CreditsGary Thomas Engineer
Andy Bradfield Engineer
Marius de Vries Programming,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
John Holbrook Engineer
Lenny Waronker Executive Producer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Rufus Wainwright Composer,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Cover Art
Jacquelyn McKeever Engineer
Chris Elliott Orchestral Arrangements
Alexis Smith Programming
Tom Shick Engineer
Maxim Moston Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ebeling Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Want One based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
From the opening refrain of "Oh What a World" to the simply-put lyrics and rambling thoughts of "Vibrate" it should be abundantly clear that Rufus Wainwright has a great sense of humor and a deep appreciation of honesty in lyric and simplicity in muse. I'm still shocked at the number of people that have not "discovered" Rufus Wainwright and had an opportunity to enjoy his art, spoon feeding top-40 radio to the next generation? Such a shame and to quote Rufus..."Oh, what a world, it seems we live in."
I thought Rufus Wainwright's second album, Poses, was the best you could get. I was thrilled to discover that 1) He wasn't dead (I have an annoying tendency to like Singers of the Long Since Past) and 2) He had more albums that I hadn't gotten my paws on yet. The first song 'Oh What a World' is a song that I regularly sing along to in the car, from the simple beginning, to the multi layered finale. It leaves me happy, and leaves me thinking "Well. It certainly is a strange world that we live in!" There isn't a bad song on the record, which is a rare thing for me to say. The only song that I would occasionally skip is 'Want.' The melody doesn't intrigue me as much as I would like it to, nor do the lyrics, which fall slightly from their high caliber on this song. But, 'Want' is still an enjoyable listen, but just not my cup of tea. Overall, five out of five. This singer is definitely someone that you should keep your eyes on.
Rufus' music has always been a symbol of inherent energy and a depressing escape of love. He has once again delivered a musical blend of songs to rejoice with and numbers to cry with. I listened to this album over and over for an entire day while I was working. I kept feeling the hairs stand up on my neck at certain times each time and numb at moments each time. Brilliant, simply brilliant!
i have all of rufus wainwright's cds and i just have to say ALL of them are wonderful. he has the best voice ive ever heard, i highly recommend this cd!!
Want One is such a well thought out album that will definitely put Rufus Wainwright on the map as a great composer, pianist, and vocalist.