Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage giftguide Kitchen Kindle Music Deals Store SGG Tools
Release The Stars has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Round3CA
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Shipped next day from GA, United States. All products are inspected and playing quality guaranteed (excluding any digital content). Our friendly multilingual customer service team will be happy to resolve your queries.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Release The Stars

4 customer reviews

Price: CDN$ 13.48 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
27 new from CDN$ 7.09 33 used from CDN$ 0.01

Frequently Bought Together

  • Release The Stars
  • +
  • Rufus Wainwright (Ltd.Ed)
  • +
  • Poses (W/2 Bonus Tracks)
Total price: CDN$ 41.96
Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000O78LH8
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

1. Do I Disappoint You
2. Going To A Town
3. Tiergarten
4. Nobody's Off The Hook
5. Between My Legs
6. Rules And Regulations
7. Not Ready To Love
8. Slideshow
9. Tulsa
10. Leaving For Paris
11. Sanssouci
12. Release The Stars

Product Description

Product Description

This is Rufus Wainwright's fifth album. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys executive produced it. Producer Marius de Vries (David Bowie, Bjork, Madonna) mixed the record with Andy Bradfield, and it features contributions from Martha Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Joan Wasser (Anthony and the Johnsons, Joan as Police Woman), and renowned actress Sian Phillips. Release The Stars makes its mark as Wainwright's first self-produced album.

Recorded in Berlin and executive produced by the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, Rufus Wainwright's fifth album offers an ounce of restraint from the man that dressed up as Sir Lancelot's crossed girlfriend Lady Shallott on the cover of his last. Well, not really. Having fallen in love and curbed his self-destructive streak, the New York-born singer-songwriter has certainly sharpened his wit on Release the Stars but the songs remain as ornate and over-the-top as ever, drawing as much inspiration from opera and the musical theater as the desire to purge personal demons. So while Wainwright spends considerable time here pondering the state of the world ("Going to a Town") and his own battles with drug and sexual addiction ("Sanssouci"), every note is punctuated by a choir, orchestral swell, or big burst of brass. It wouldn't be Rufus with anything less. --Aidin Vaziri

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rufus Wainwright is quite an enigma in today's superficial music business. Without a trace of a big hit single, and without pandering to any musical trends, he has managed to build a loyal following who keeps coming back for more of his intense, dramatic and emotional music. "Want two", the 2004 predecessor to this album, was a triumph of style and substance, shivering with palpable emotions, memorable melodies and a wonderfully refreshing musical diversity. "Release the stars" will likely keep his fan base happy, and just might earn him a bunch of new fans. Not because it's a more commercial album - the debut single "Going to a town", essentially about his disenchantment over America, is hardly going to get him on mainstream radio - but because it's a musically complex and lyrically compelling album, delivered with Rufus' trademark intensity and superbly produced.

The album opens with the surprising "Do I disappoint you", which typically follows some of Rufus' most endearing musical features : arrangements inspired by baroque and classical music, arresting modulations in both rhythm and melody, passionately delivered vocals, introspective lyrics and a melody that will take more than one listen to sink in but that will ultimately refuse to leave your brain. The good news is that most of the remaining tracks feature the same astounding qualities, and then some. Songs like the title track, "Going to a town", "Not ready to love", "Tulsa", "Slideshow" and "Nobody's off the hook" are as intense as you can get in 2007, while "Rules and regulations", "Leaving for Paris No. 2", "Sanssouci" and "Tiergarten" flow with an appealing softness and arresting melodies.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Antun Rudy on May 21 2007
Format: Audio CD
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".
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Rufus Wainwright has done it again with his his new Album - "Release the Stars", something that cannot be said about his live Judy Garland Album.

Release the Stars is probably Rufus' best album to date.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vamosrafa07 on Jan. 14 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the first of Rufus Wainwright's albums that I bought. I had just become aware of him (my age might excuse my ignorance (or might not)... I'm 18...) and it quickly became one of my favorite albums.
Now that I own every one of Rufus' albums, I can safely say that he is my favorite artist. Ever.
His voice is do die for, his musical genius apparently limitless (everyone of his melodies is more beautiful than the previous one) and I just adore him.
It took a few listens of "Release the Stars" for it to fully hit me and it was worth the wait.
"Between my Legs" is one of my favorite songs. It's grandiose.
"Do I Disappoint You", "Release the Stars", "Rules and Regulations" and "Slideshow" are other standouts. But truth be told, there is not a single bad song on this album.
Rufus is my secret weapon against these hard times, my secret joy.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 85 reviews
57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
A Unique Masterpiece June 1 2007
By Thomas D. Ryan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
By now, I've completely given up on all attempts to discern any resemblance whatsoever between the musical stylings of Rufus Wainwright and that of his parents, Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. In their own time, both parents were musical iconoclasts as well, so I guess that is as much similarity as I am ever likely to discern. Judging from his lyrics and a few comments that he's made to the press, Rufus is too much the solipsist to resemble anyone else at all, least of all his parents, but that turns out to be a very good thing. "Release the Stars" is such a unique and thoroughly realized musical vision that it resembles nothing else I've heard, including most of Wainwright's previous work.

On previous albums, Wainwright's melodies were occasionally thwarted by his ambition and a tendency to overwhelm the listener. His debut album, as well as "Want One" and "Want Two," struck me as stunning statements of overachievement. As luminous as they were, I ultimately felt lost in his musical vision, as if there were too many disparate elements fighting for my attention. "Release the Stars" can be just as demanding, but it is superior because it is wholly cohesive in its vision and message. Recorded during a hiatus away from America, Wainwright takes the time to ruminate on a multitude of relationships, and the results are often compelling, and occasionally stunning. "Rules and Regulations" contains the observation "I will never be as cute as you...These are just the rules and regulations, and I, like everyone, must follow them." In Slideshow," he debates whether it was worth the expense to fly his lover to be with him in Berlin. It's a simple thought, perhaps even base, but his delivery is wry and humorous, singing "I better be prominently featured in your next slide show, because I paid a lot of money to get you over here, you know." The dramatically intense arrangement is further heightened by the stunning accompaniment of Richard Thompson's gorgeously understated guitar solo. Without doubt, this is music made in the shadow of Richard Wagner.

I don't know if it's my imagination, but I also sense a slight difference in Wainwright's vocal delivery on "Release the Stars." In the past, I felt slightly put off by his oddly slurry enunciation - no, I don't mean `lith-py' - I'm referring to his tendency to somehow drench his words in ennui, even while soaring through a melody. Here, he sounds as if he cares much more about his subject, and the passion is visceral. "Between My Legs" is a quite funny and upbeat rumination on being sexually `absent'. "Going to a Town" is the album's emotional centerpiece, eloquently stating his purpose for leaving America behind, but the album's subtle climax comes during "Sans Souci," wherein Wainwright seems genuinely amused, if not pleased, with his predicament of being alone in Berlin. Throughout, "Release the Stars" is delivered in a voice that could only belong to one man, and this time around, I find it very easy to like Rufus Wainwright, just as he is. A Tom Ryan
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Another collection from an oft-unrecognized genius. May 15 2007
By savvy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was thrilled to be among the first to hear the album live, in SF, in its entirety, well before its release.

Some of the songs were preceded by a short story or context.

"Nobody's off the Hook" is about Teddy Thompson, whom Rufus often performs with.

"Rules and Regulations" is written from the perspective of an obese man watching the Olympics. To quote an understatement from Rufus: "He, umm, thinks a lot."

"Tulsa" is sung to Brandon Flowers of the Killers. (In concert, he performed this one--including all the string arrangements you hear on the record--on the piano. As you can imagine, it's *incredibly* difficult to play, and for him to sing over the rather obscured accompaniment attests to Rufus's impossibly accurate pitch sense and musicality.)

That said: the recording is phenomenal. It's produced perfectly, which is to say it's not overproduced. Rufus is melodically and lyrically at his best. Though certainly some of the melodies are immediately memorable, none are by any means conventional. As poignant as he can be, he's also cheeky. "Between My Legs," for example, offers a fleeting, campy tribute the "The Phantom of the Opera," which, like Rufus's corpus, is instantly recognizable but only to a select and lucky few. "Do I Disappoint you" layers his voice in a harmonic wall. The effect is frightening: it's as if he musters up the strength to wail back at the force that condemns him, and the force that he's afraid of disappointing.

When "Slideshow" begins with the ironic, sad line "Do I love you because you treat me so indifferently? Or is it the medication? Or is it me?"--we're moved from sympathy, to humor, to silence. (Of course, Rufus's aching, haunting voice produces this tension by itself--he could sing the theme song from "The Facts of Life and have me in hysterical tears.) Far from being solipsistic, which he's sometimes criticized for, Rufus here offers expressions of intimate socialities that many of us--a select and lucky few--will "get," if only in private.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The ultimate troubadour of the 21st century ?!? May 21 2007
By Micki Zackary - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Is it too fanciful to call this pop opera? Here we have tragic themes of self-loathing and unrequited love, delivered in a rounded tenor frequently dripping with life's sorrows, set amid some of the most ambitious orchestral arrangements since George Martin got busy with the Beatles Love
Up to now, there just hasn't been enough French horn in pop, and Rufus is the chap to put that right.
Of course, you cannot do stuff this big without help.
Executive producer is Neil Tennant - a man well used to crafting camp, glorious pop - and there is a small army of arrangers, as well as guests such as Richard Thompson on guitar and Rufus's mother and sister Kate McGarrigle and Martha Wainwright.
What this congregation of talents produces is something which refines yet further the formula of his Want One and Want Two (CD/DVD combo) albums.
Here we have a new millennial gay Edith Piaf baring his soul with rare elegance.
Standout tracks include "Tulsa", the Oklahoma city hymned with oh-so-European piano and strings, "Release The Stars", a peculiar big band affair concerned not with galactic goings-on but the contractual arrangements of Hollywood actors, and "Do I Disappoint You", a magnificent brassy overture which elevates self-doubt almost into something noble and celebratory.
But two songs make this a mini-masterpiece. "Going To A Town" is a wistful condemnation of his home country, distilled into the ennui-laden line "I'm so tired of America".
But there is a whole opera contained in "Between My Legs", which begins as a strange bubblegum rock song, mutates into something Phil Spector-ish, then features a dramatic spoken-word tract by Sian Phillips before a finale right out of Phantom of The Opera.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
right below want one May 24 2007
By Chris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this is another amazing album from rufus. i'd probably give this album 4.5 stars, but i'll just round up. it loses a bit just because i feel it isnt as good as want one, and want one is an obvious 5 star album. i guess the easiest to do is do a song by song rating

Do I DIssapoint You: 9.8 - one of my favorite on the album, i love the arrangements and the climax is up lifting and amazing.

Going To A Town: 9.4- one of the easiest to digest, and a great song. people seem to be misunderstanding it as an anti-america song. which it is not. it's more like rufus feels betrayed by a love of his. great lyrics. besides the main melody, the lyrics is what makes me really like this one

Tiergarten: 7.7- one of the better openings on the album, immediately catchy, but the rest of the song isnt as good for me. kinda meandering. has a few moments where it sounds like brian wilson

Nobody's Off the Hook: 8.4: a good song. you might pass over it as first, but i really like it, it's quiet but it seems to go somewhere which a lot of his slower songs don't

Between My Legs: 9.8- i love this song. it's everything i love about rufus. very climatic and also catchy.

Rules and Regulations: 7.8- this is like the "11:11" of the album. a good pop song, but not as good.

Not Ready to Love: 7.6- this one is a grower i think. i like it the more i listen.

Slideshow: 9.2:- another great song. i like the pace, i loove the chorus, and the guitar solo stuff is really good too.

Tulsa: 8- haha, i enjoy this song a lot. it's about brandon flowers i'm sure you guys know

Leaving For Paris No.2: 6.9- probably my least favorite so far. it doesn't go anywhere. meanders foreever

Sanssouci- 8.6: great song. poppy. very fun, it's not very deep, so i might get tired of it. we'll see

Release the Stars: 9.4- great way to end the album. i love the baroque/jazz swing to it
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Another Stunner. May 15 2007
By A* - Published on
Format: Audio CD
From his first disc to this one nobody out there sings about longing like Wainwright has managed to do over the span of his short but spectacular career. It's an utter shame that is his voice and sheer brilliance for sheer vocal ability isn't hearlded more in the mainstream. The man oozes technique and passion. And with Release the Stars he gives off that same mysterious but relateable chamber pop that has always worked.

Almost every song here works but of course there are his stand outs: "Not Ready to Love" is all heartache and pain until it swirls out of control into a heartbreaking mantra. "Release the Stars" sounds as if Judy Garland would have knocked it off right after she sung "The Man that Got Away." And "Leaving for Paris no. 2" is haunting with its rambling piano and Wainwright's whispering vocal.

I have always loved his decadence and flair for wearing his emotions on his sleeve. His vocals have caught up to his brilliant lyrics, and I was lucky enough to catch his reimagining of Judy Garland's concert now if only he would have treated his fans to the ultimate Spring with a one two punch of two classic albums.