Listening to the opening pair of songs on Rufus Wainwright's new album "Out Of The game" and "Jericho", one could be forgiven for thinking this is seventies Elton John.
The album is produced by Mark Ronson who brings his trademark lush horn-peppered sound on board, as well as a few guests, Wainwright's sister Martha, Sean Lennon, a few Dap-Kings, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner.
"Rashida" channels Queen. "Barbara" is groovy breezy seventies Soul. "Welcome To The Ball" mixes strings and horns charmingly against an ornate harmony backdrop. "Montauk" is a doleful ballad, followed by the gently pulsing "Bitter Tears" (with a lovely wall of harmonies), the slow shuffle of the Country-tinged "Respectable Dive", the upbeat Funky "Perfect man", the ruminative acoustic "Sometimes You Need", the Blues/Pop ballad "Song Of You", and the closing epic ode to his late mother "Candles", almost hymnal in parts with sprinklings of accordion.
A charming collection of songs that grow and grow with repeated listening. Should broaden his fan base introducing more to his spectacular tenor.