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Poses (W/2 Bonus Tracks)

Rufus Wainwright Audio CD
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1. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk
2. Greek Song
3. Poses
4. Shadows
5. California
6. The Tower Of Learning
7. Grey Gardens
8. Rebel Prince
9. The Consort
10. One Man Guy
11. Evil Angel
12. In A Graveyard
13. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk (reprise)
14. Across The Universe [Bonus Track]

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The scrutiny of success that came early on--being named Best New Artist by Rolling Stone in 1998, the year of his debut album, for example--would have smothered many another emerging talent. But it failed to stopper the singular, unclassifiable, ranging gift of singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. His sophomore album, Poses, advances beyond the earlier, cabaret-inspired effort with a suite of songs marvelously varied in arrangement and texture but linked by Wainwright's characteristic theatrical panache. "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" catalogs excess with playful self-censure, but Wainwright's whimsical ironies often take a bruising, poignant turn, whether in the pseudo-upbeat "California" or, most movingly, on the title track. The dying fall of Wainwright's lusher melodies--echoes of "Across the Universe" as well as ultrachic Beatles tunes such as "Michelle"--meshes remarkably with the poetic substance here as he explores a landscape of wistful self-knowledge caught between longing and decadence. Yet even through all the layers of picturesque, postmod observation, Wainwright conveys a sense-filtered experience that gives urgency to his hauntingly mumbled opacities. With Poses, the young artist proves his authenticity. --Thomas May

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Feb. 21 2005
By T. B. W
Format:Audio CD
POSES is a brilliant album by one of the most talented singers and songwriters ever.
It is a must have for any serious collector of fine music.
And, Rufus is Canadian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'nuff said July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There's not much more to say about this album that hasn't been said already. It's fabulous. It's brillantly written and performed. I listen to it in the car, at work, at home. It's absolutely in my top five favorite LPs of all time. My favorite tracks are "Greek Song", "Poses", and "Rebel Prince".
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5.0 out of 5 stars an unstoppable force July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I believed for a long time that I was not a Rufus fan. Then I finally spent a little time with this CD, and recognized the folly of my old ways!
Though I can see how listeners might get hung up on Rufus' style of vocal delivery, it's worth the effort to deal with it. If you can accept his style, this CD holds great treasures. Rufus has a stunning grasp of melody, and this album is by turns solemn, swaggering, coy and grand. Remarkable from start to finish -- not a dud on the whole disc. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty good cd April 6 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I think Rufus Wainwright is a type that kind of sounds like Bob Dylan.
What I heard is that he is from Canada and he is a kind of folk rock singer.
The 1st track is REALLY GOOD!
But the song California is REALLY good!
It talks about being in Califoria.
Also Rebel Prince And The Consert Is a Really good track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad and Hopeful music... Jan. 29 2004
By Eugene
Format:Audio CD
In music, nothing is more difficult than writing a good sad song. Too often, artists' attempts are lost in cliche'd and cheesy pining about forlorn love and inner pain. Contemporary pioneers of the sad song (such as Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley) tapped into that part of your soul where the sado-masochistic feeling of revelling in your own pain became cathartic. But it's a rare occassion when a musician comes along who can write sad songs that are at the same time hopeful and uplifting. Rufus Wainwright is one of the few.
To say "Poses" is a great album doesn't really begin to describe it. Because it's not so much the music, as it is the experience listening to him creates. The son of country great Loudon Wainwright, he represents the kind of underdog quality that makes it easy to cheer for if given any sort of reason. His wailing and off kilter voice, along with his tongue in cheek references to his own sexuality are placed on display with his inner demons, almost in a kind of faux-puppet show. He wants you to laugh with him at the skeletons, rather than give him pity or sympathy. And he does it with a songwriter's touch that is trapped in the classical stylings of bard-like songs of medieval times.
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" (one of the strangest titles of a song, ever) opens the album in a humorous look at coming to grips with your own vices....as "Greek Song" sweeps through with a waltz-like quality. Slower pieces like "Poses" and "Rebel Prince" show the softer qualities of Wainwright's voice, as whispers and quiet acoustic guitars help him fill up the tracks with a presence few full piece bands have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something new and different. . .for a change Jan. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I thought the 90's and the 00's (have we come up with a shortcut-nickname for this decade yet?) would never see the end of rehashed, overdone, and ANNOYING deep gurgly vocals in the new wave of rock/leftover-grunge music. Now, FINALLY, we get Rufus Wainwright. Original melodies, interesting chord progressions and creative use of instrumentation are what this recording is all about. This album is far from predictable. I still marvel at the interesting variations he uses in both melody and harmony. The former may be a result of his operatic influence (he's an avid opera fan if you didn't know) though I think that hearing Renee Fleming screaming out any Eb7 cadenzas would be a bit over-the-top on this recording ;-) I hope Rufus continues in this direction - he's a definite breath of fresh air. Strongly recommend this album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars as one of my favourite songs ever... Dec 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
Rufus is just great. I don't understand how can people be critical to his voice, he just has a wonderfull and very tecnical voice. This album as one of my favourite song's ever-In A Graveyard - my god it's just beautifull... I hope he could some day perform in Portugal, i'll be there shure... be well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such rare treasure Dec 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
How much do I love this CD? Let me count the ways. I have two Poses CDs at any given moment, one that will never leave the house and one for lending and traveling. And when the loaned CD cannot be wrested back, I buy another for lending, because it must be shared.
Yes, I love the lush orchestrations, original and inventive. Yes, I love the haunting melodies, starting deceptively simple. I'm no music theorist, but Rufus knows his stuff. He creates chord progressions that give me goose bumps. The mood of a song can turn on a dime, on a single perfect note. The melodies build and release. (Oh, I've had a revelation! His songs are like that, I won't spell it out but think about it.) There is a majestic elegance to the CD as a whole that never fails to transport me. Headphones are recommended to savor every luscious drop.
His lyrics possess honesty and craftsmanship that are a beautiful thing all by themselves.
But that VOICE, oh my god! No, it isn't crystal clear, but because it quakes and rasps and even catches, what emotion that voice evokes! When that voice wants to convey deep ache tempered with hope and fierce determination, I am reduced to a puddle. There, I admit it, I am moved to tears by this CD. I don't know if because of the glorious construction of the music, or by lyrics so revealing, or an empathy and consolation of his yearnings that perhaps we all share. Who gives a hoot if he's gay? These emotions are universal to the human condition.
After you own this CD for a while (and you must!), and muster the audacity to sing along, you will realize and appreciate how the phrasing, words, and even single syllables so artfully and lovingly wrap the notes.
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