The original intention was to title his fourth record "The Black And White Album" - simplistic and stark to reflect a no-nonsense and fewer frills musical approach - but after slipping on what he describes as a "creative banana skin", the result is a vivid affair executive produced by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.
No matter. It is a glorious wash of pastels with dark lyrical undercoats bleeding through to portray this collection in its true light.
Lead track 'Going To A Town' fumes beautifully at America over lush arrangements, Rufus ensuring that even when he is as mad as all hell nothing ever sounds vulgar. Coarse maybe, but vulgar never.
"Between My Legs" is strangely neither, a tale of a bed too big without a certain someone and a rhythmic drive we are assured was inspired by Franz Ferdinand, while "Sansouci" is a fond reflection of past haunts seen in a rear view mirror.
Or is it? "I'm tired of writing elegies through boredom", he intones sweetly, as if the hedonistic days are not entirely behind him.
The more measured approach we are told is courtesy of Wainwright being in his first steady relationship, one which he clearly still enjoys agonising over: "Do I love you because you treat me so indifferently", he asks in "Slideshow", one of the album's highlights.
"Release The Stars" confirms Rufus Wainwright's stature as the ultimate song and dance man of the 21st century .
My Favourite tracks : "Going to a Town" and "Release The Stars".