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All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu
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2010 release, the sixth studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Written and produced by Rufus and mixed by Marchand (who produced Poses), this 12-track record is steeped in beauty. It is a hugely personal album for Rufus and deeply emotional, channeled only through his voice and a piano. The album title All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu is both a reference to Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 43' and Rufus' own concept of 'Lulu', which he describes as a "dark, brooding, dangerous woman that lives within all of us." 'Lulu' is Louise Brooks who starred in the film, Pandora's Box. 12 tracks.
Top Customer Reviews
His mother, the Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and died this January, with her musical family harmonising around her.
Here Wainwright sounds very alone with his raw grief.
The orchestral arrangements on his previous five albums had grown increasingly extravagant, and he scored his 2009 opera, "Prima Donna", for 70 musicians.
All that opulence has been stripped away here, to leave the 36-year-old singer with only his piano and his swooping, soaring, sighing emotions.The follow-up to 2007's commercial breakthrough "Release the Stars", "All Days Are Nights" is Rufus literally stripped back to just piano and voice.
Intimate, intense and up close with the openly flamboyant Wainwright as he offers up himself with no full band to hide behind.
The album includes three of Shakespeare's sonnets set to music, an aria in French from his opera, and several personal depictions of recent family life.
Much of this album sounds not unlike material from his triumphant "Want One" and "Want Two" sets: the elegant fluid opener "Who Are You New York?", the playful cantering of "Give Me What I Want and Give It to Me Now".
However, with the three sonnets (written for a Shakespeare production in Berlin), the graceful "Les feux d'artifice t'appellant" (the final aria from his Prima Donna opera), and opulent closer "Zebulon", is very arty and just opposite of current pop.Read more ›
This album features twelve songs of love, grief and desire recorded solely by Rufus at the piano. On paper, that concept should have worked wonderfully - anyone who has attended a Rufus Wainwright concert knows that these elements are fundamental to his music, and that he's at his best when he's sitting at the piano. But the problem on "All days are nights" is the songs themselves. They sound, well - flat. The usually gorgeous melodies expected from Rufus are gone, and their place has been taken by a collection of grim, monotone and unmelodic compositions that weave in and out of each other without much distinction. If it weren't for their strong lyrics, most of these songs would sound as though Rufus hit the "Record" switch, sat at the piano and recorded whatever happened to come out. There are a few exceptions, and they happen late in the album - "The Dream" is not only the album's best song but one of his strongest songs ever, "Les feux d'artifice t'appellent" is simply brilliant and "Zebulon" concludes the album on a truly beautiful note. But they are not enough to sustain the entire album; the remaining songs lack the emotional appeal of past masterpieces such as "The art teacher", "This love affair", "11:11" or "Going to a town" - which is odd, given the depth and intimacy of the lyrics collected on "All days are nights".Read more ›
That being said, I didn't love love love this album the first time through. I didn't really understand what I was listening to for the first three songs, which were totally new, never heard before (by me). By the fourth song, I really knew that I was listening to a completely different type of album. Something more personal.
I purposefully didn't study up on the record before I got it, so I didn't even know the song lineup, and had a hard time reading the song list on the back of the cd box. Song 5 (True Loves) felt more like classic Rufus, and with misty eyes I hoped that there would be more gut wrenching beauty. Of course there was/is- songs 6-8 are Shakespearean sonnets. All are absolutely gorgeous, but like many of Rufus' songs, they have grown on me the more I listen. I did wish that the another sonnet (When In Disgrace) was included on this album, just to have them together. It is on a compilation album "When Love Speaks".
The ninth song, The Dream, is another strong song, and I really like it except for one tiny moment when he sings the word "corrupted". I shouldn't even mention it, except that his delivery of the word sounds loungy (ok, that's not even a word, but it reminds me of a lounge singer for that one moment). The moment isn't a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination, and I may end up loving that part of the song in another 50 or 100 listens.
That's the thing with Rufus, for me anyway. His music has this way of changing and melding into my very DNA over time. Some songs that I didn't grab me at first end up being my favorites over time.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this album for the three Shakespeare sonnets recorded from the series of 24 that Wainwright set to music for the 2009 Robert Wilson production "Sonnette" that -- as far as... Read morePublished on April 23 2010 by Linda Theil
it's quite simply, his best album yet. every track is worth a thousand listens. so far I'm up to about 12 listens. Read morePublished on March 30 2010 by T. MacLeod
With album #6 given to us, Christmas has come again in March. Rufus, you are unmatched. In your musicality, composing, piano playing, singing, harmonizing with your own melodies. Read morePublished on March 24 2010 by Jeffrey Eisner