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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000654ZDC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Agnus Dei
2. The One You Love
3. Peach Trees
4. Little Sister
5. The Art Teacher
6. Hometown Waltz
7. This Love Affair
8. Gay Messiah
9. Memphis Skyline
10. Waiting For A Dream
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Disc: 2
1. L'absence
2. 14th Street
3. Harvester Of Hearts
4. Natasha
5. The Art Teacher
6. Hallelujah
7. Matinee Idol
8. Vibrate
9. Gay Messiah
10. Want
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Product Description

Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, called an "as-yet unheralded American treasure by Sir Elton John, is set to release 'Want Two,' on DreamWorks/Geffen Records which features the highly anticipated additional recordings taken from the `Want One' sessions now available for the first time on CD paired with a full-length 100 minute DVD concert "Rufus Wainwright Live At The Fillmore - recorded at the historic San Francisco venue in March 2004.

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By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 1 2005
Format: Audio CD
Rufus Wainwright's fourth album, "Want Two", is so much more than a similarly-themed follow-up to the "Want One". In fact, taken as a distinct entity, it succeeds even better than its predecessor.
This album is a triumph of substance over style. Wainwright is a master at melody and moods, and his voice is unique - although some people may find it off-putting, you have to admit that he sounds like nobody else. The album features so many brilliantly written songs that it's hard to keep count; "The art teacher" is all subdued passion, "Hometown Waltz" and "Little sister" are melancholic and memorable, "Peach tree" and "This love affair" are longing put to music, and "The one you love" is easily one of his catchiest songs ever.
The album's production (handled by Marius DeVries) is both subtle and lush, ranging from piano-vocals introspection to multi-layered vocals and orchestral arrangements ("Agnus Dei", "Little sister", "Old whore's diet") without losing its focus in the process. In fact, it's the strength of the album's material, coupled with Wainwright's unique delivery and with his producer's gifted approach, that make this album so appealing. Let's hope this collaboration will bear many more fruits in the near future.
For the record, the special edition of "Want Two" (including two live recordings of French songs) is very worth looking for. The album is so good, that getting two more songs (not to mention a cool DVD concert) is certainly a welcome treat.
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Format: Audio CD
The Want One-esque ep's that were released previously this summer initially stand out as the flagships of the album, mainly b/c they are familiar and carry together in a similar tone. Thus the other songs, upon hearing them for the first few times stand out as the misfits of the family like rebellious children wanting to disown thier parents. At some point the nuances of these new songs are the ones that really carry the 'want' tale to yet another world and I am very impressed and greatful of Rufus' authorship. I wish the ep's weren't released earlier so that I wouldn't have this separation with the songs and would be able to experience them as a cohesive whole. The DVD is a real treat, particularly Liberty Cabbage.
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Format: Audio CD
If I could only live with ten CDs this would be in that pile for sure.Really fun and lively,a must have!
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By A Customer on Dec 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Good voice lyrics and instrumentals but after two listening of the CD that's it for me.
If he could only open his mouth when he sings his music would be perfect.
He sings like a drunk guy who's gonna fall to sleep soon on his piano.
I feel like falling to sleep too listening to his mumbling words.
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HASH(0x9a3efc60) out of 5 stars Only Rufus could make a WANT so appealing... Nov. 21 2004
By Rodney Bogardus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to begin this review by saying that Rufus's latest album, WANT TWO, could easily be the best LP of 2004!

Taken from the "Want" recording sessions that gave us last year's WANT ONE, this meditative follow-up to an artist's perspective on the undying passions, desires, and romantic longings that each and every one of us harbours, is almost a mirror-image of the first WANT album and of the artist himself, as he taps into the more effeminite aspects of his inner-psyche to explore the same themes found on WANT ONE, but this time from the perspective of a woman-- from the album's cover artwork to selected song titles ("Little Sister" & "Old Whore's Diet") to the inviting lyrics. Both of the WANT albums were originally intended to be releases together in a double-disc package, but I agree with a previous reviewer that they are much more effective as independent albums. While they tackle similar universal themes, their persepctives and overall vibes are so different that they both deserve their own spotlight. I also find it ironic that WANT TWO is partially comprised of tracks that didn't "fit" into the WANT ONE story, but I find the latter to be more cohesive and focused. In fact, I'd go out on a limb to say that WANT TWO is his strongest, most cohesive album in his ever-growing repertoire of music. When I indulge in a Rufus album for the first time, there are always tracks that I initially feel indifferent about that eventually grow on me, but the first time I listened to WANT TWO I was amazed at how each and every song appealed to a wide range of my emotions and how the entire album had my undivided attention from start to finish.

Some of Rufus's best songs are contained within this devine work: "The One you Love," while very commercial and radio-friendly, has frank lyrics ("Let's f*ck this awful art party, want you to make love to me and only to me in the dark.") and an incredible melody that is sure to have people singing along in their heads for years to come; "Little Sister" sounds more Beethoven than Beatles, the lyrics are incredibly witty and manage to mesh quite well with the classical music backdrop; "This Love Affair" spotlights the album's darker side and this track, while agonizingly painful, is beautiful in its misery as the antagonist moves on with his/her life after an affair; the somber mood continues with the Jeff Buckley ode "Memphis Skyline," being a Buckley fan myself I really appreciated this one and was in tears the first time I listened to it the way Rufus alludes to Ophelia and Eurydice, the last minute or so is hauntingly beautiful; "Waiting for a Dream" is the real gem for me-- it's got a great melody, and the lyrics are personal to the artist and at the same time very representative of the state of things today in America, this is one of those bright spots in such a dark time that gives us hope that things will get better (hopefully in 2008!!!); "Crumb by Crumb" certainly taps into the fairytale sort of theme running throughout the WANT albums with allusions to Hansel & Gretel's trail of bread crumbs, the song also brings the two characters from the WANT albums, the knight and the lady-in-waiting, together on their trip through the "big, black forrest" and their trip through life...

WANT TWO is not a casual album, it's a natural progression in an extremely talented artist's life that serves as a ravishing reminder of Rufus's musical greatness, and on a more subliminal level, the album serves to remind us that there's always light in the dark and happiness in the pain...
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3fe528) out of 5 stars Love in the Dark Nov. 19 2004
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an impressive package from Rufus Wainwright. Rufus amazes us because he is so good at so many of the skills that are required from a musical artist. He's an excellent and expressive singer. He's an extraordinary & prolific writer, creating original and unique pieces consistently, excelling at both unique lyrics and melodies. He's a master arranger, employing numerous musical touches that expand the emotional impact of his already-excellent compositions. He's a gracious and giving bandleader. With the CD/DVD combination, he's apparently also an excellent musical businessman.

"Want Two" strikes me as much more of a personal project for Rufus. These songs seem close to his emotional life, somewhat less accessible. When he sings on the DVD live from Fillmore East in San Francisco, Rufus wraps himself inside his piano and seems to float away, exploring the inner contexts of the melodies. Ironically, as he seems so wrapped up within the songs, he communicates so personally and delicately that we become entranced, much as Laura Nyro would do in her live performances. Joan Wasser from Dambuilders joins the band on DVD and does an excellent performance on vocals and violin.

Of these tunes, "Old Whore's Diet" is the most accessible for me, an 8-minute extended track with an insistent beat that builds and makes the song fly by in the wink of an eye. "The One You Love" has a great driving beat, Rufus' impassioned vocals, "I'm singing, 'Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, See what he's picked up in the park,' Let's f**k this awful art party, want you to make love to me & only me in the dark." "Little Sister" sounds like an orchestral chamber piece that crosscuts with the wild modernism of the lyric, "You may have to use your hips as fodder, still putting your best foot forward." "The Art Teacher" reads well on both the disc and DVD, full of twists with Rufus singing the song from a woman's perspective. "This Love Affair" is a dreamy track that builds with an amazing string arrangement. Wainwright continues to amaze on this set. His live performance likewise brings you into the auditorium. Enjoy!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3fe66c) out of 5 stars I didn't think he could top "Want One" Jan. 10 2005
By Valkyrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
But he did. I have no idea what box to put Rufus Wainwright's music in. When I listen to this CD I hear folk music from Canada, old sexy swing nightclub music, Schumann, Mozart, The Beatles, Elton John . . . it's all here with that incredible voice and piano playing. I think "Waiting for a Dream" is my favorite, I'm not sure . . . Every day I seem to have a new song from this CD that stays with me.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a420558) out of 5 stars Best Album of The Year! Jan. 16 2005
By McLean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a funny story...well, not really but I'll tell you anyway: I bought Rufus Wainwright's first album a few years ago-based purely on the fact he was Louden Wainwright's son-and as it turns out he's gay-HAS to be cool! Anyway, upon my first "unprepared" listening I was shocked! "Oh my God", I thought, "This is shlock!...How could I have? Possibly thrown my money away on this?"...Then I listened again. Somehow I had to force myself. I could not believe what I was hearing. Pure! Original! Like nothing I had ever heard before...Now I can't wait for anything he puts out. WANT ONE was a classic-but WANT TWO is truly a MASTERPIECE! I know it will probably never make "Top of the Pops" (as Ray Davies mights say) but this album is unbelievable! Poetry, innocence, sensuality, A true wordsmith-What vivid word pictures! Wonderfully instrumental! Great musician! Great Album! Uno! dos! Tres! Cinco!!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a4207e0) out of 5 stars Want No More Nov. 16 2004
By Trenton Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Rufus since his '98 debut. He just continues to top himself with each release (no pun intended there!). It takes merely one word to describe the follow up to 2003's Want One: breathtaking.

'The One You Love' is probably one of Wainwright's few radio friendly songs, appealing to those who probably generally would respond with 'Rufus who?' at the mention of his name.

'Little Sister' is lyrically probably one of the best tracks on the album, and the sound is so operatically campy & fun.

But the album's true shine can be heard in the trio of songs 8, 9, & 10. You'd expect with a title like 'Gay Messiah' that'd it be something borderline offensive to most, but the result is quite the opposite; beautiful & melancholy.

'Memphis Skyline,' an ode to Jeff Buckley, is quite possibly the most beautiful song on this record. The last 60 seconds is simply gorgeous. The next track, 'Waiting For A Dream,' is probably one of the best songs he's ever recorded.

This is such a welcome companion piece to Want 1 ... Equally as beautiful, but in a very different way. The arrangements on this album are so intricate; extremely well engineered, and of course, brilliantly written.