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The Third Album from the Ambitious Singer/Songwriter Makes an Even Greater Grab for Mainstream Acceptance. Marius Devries (Bjork, Madonna, Massive Attack) Helms the Producer's Chair, Bringing Young Wainwright a Fresh, Polished and Challenging Sound that Incorporates Many of his Musical Strengths. Recorded in Woodstock, New York and London, it features Lush Orchestrations (By Both Wainwright and Devries) and Harmonies as Well as Instrumental Touches from Former Bob Dylan Guitarist and Texas Legend Charlie Sexton as Well as Drums Laid Down by David Bowie's Sterling Campbell, the Band's Levon Helm and Matt Johnson. Cameos also Include Sister Martha and Mother Kate Mcgarrigle and Linda Thompson. This Special Edition Includes a Bonus CD with Live Renditions of "Want", "Leaving for Paris" (Previously Unreleased), "Dinner at Eight" and "Couer De Parisienne (Reprise D'arletty)". All Songs were Recorded Live at France Inter's "Black Session".
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Rufus's musical style and sense of orchestration have definitely matured over time. This album is like stepping into the mind of a guy sitting in a coffee shop or on the subway and reading this thoughts. He still hasn't lost that great sense of lyrical playfulness. Standout tracks include "Vibrate," "Oh, What A World," and "14th Street," and "Harvester of Hearts."
It's wonderful to find an album that brings one to tears with simply the music and the singer's voice. Through his excellent self-titled debut, and "Poses," I was waiting for THIS album from a wiser Rufus. "Not that I have that much to offer/God knows I have so much to gain." He's growing up.
Rufus, you are just . . . such a beautiful child.
"The statement is basically, 'I'm your knight in shining armor. I'm here to save you from Linkin Park." (Rufus Wainwright, referring to the cover of his new album, which features him in King Arthur-style metallics)
The new Wainwright album opens up with what sounds like a thousand Rufus' humming what becomes the vocal melody for the track "Oh What a World." It is, in fact, Rufus's own voice looped over itself well over a hundred times. how he'll duplicate it in concert, one never can tell. I believe he said something about cloning himself. Which only leaves the problem of where he'll put the full orchestra...
Which is a central theme to Want One. With vocals that alternate from delicate hush to commanding falsetto, all backed up by the biggest orchestra one could expect, Wainwright's new disc is full of the kind of triumphant declaration that is sometimes only found in the best of musicals.
Not to say that the album itself plays out like some campy Broadway production, but it does have sincere star-quality. Rufus sings with the kind of broken-heart honesty that is best conveyed by a solemn piano ballad (see his previous works, the self-titled and Poses albums), yet is preformed with serious attention to instrumentation. The combination works, with unbelievable results. The infectious lead tracks, "Oh What a World" and "I Don't Know What It Is" yank the listener face forward into Rufus' catty and, at long last, sober world. His soon-to-be-well-known addiction to Crystal Meth is a constant undercurrent to the albums tracks, as is his search for true love.Read more ›
Oh yeah, just noticed there are a few reviewers who don't like his voice. I'll try to say this politely... Please disregard those reviews, they represent a small, anal retentive percentage of the populus; and I have played Rufus to uniformly enthusiastic reviews from friends.
Rufus Wainwright is by far my favorite musician and his newest album is no less excellent than his phenomenal first two albums. This album may in fact be the most accessible for those who did not instantaneously fall in love with his previous songs. The key is to listen to the songs multiple times allowing them to become familiar to you, like reading poetry, every time you listen the lyrics and music become richer and reveal their exquisite layers of beauty, emotion, and greatness.
Either way, Want One earns its five stars for several qualities. It's consistently good-there are songs that are better than the rest, but none that beg to be skipped. The slowest songs are the shortest, maintaining a flow that carries the album along. The best song of all, "Go or Go Ahead," is the longest, over six minutes of outburst that weaves myth and madness into a stunning package of sonic bliss. A microcosm for the album as a whole, the song builds for more than two minutes before erupting.
Lyrically dense, the album starts out in near nonsense territory with the repetitions of "Oh What a World" and builds to the poignant "Dinner at Eight," an almost tear-inducing finale that acknowledges Rufus's mixed feelings about his abandonment by his famous father. "I Don't Know What It Is" and "Movies of Myself" belong on Top 40 radio, where they could oust less intelligent pop; "11:11" sounds silly at first but makes profound the words " I was alive." Born of personal experience and genetically inherited musical genius, Wainwright's latest may be the finest album of 2003.
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As a huge, albeit recent, fan of Rufus Wainwright, I have to say that this CD is right up there with my favourite, Poses. Beautiful haunting melodies; powerful lyrics. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2009 by J. King
Well to describe how I felt about this CD would take too much time so I will just keep this short and simple. Read morePublished on June 17 2005 by bryguy
Rufus Wainwright keeps getting better and better.
WANT ONE is an amzing follow up to POSES.
He has mastered the art of crooning and the songwriting is breathtaking.
I absolutely adore this album!!! It's so dramatic and theaterical that you just find yourself wrapped up in this intriguing world Wainwright creates... and you never want to leave. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I first recieved this from a friend who burned a copy for me. from the first note I was hooked. I immediately went to the store the next day and bought a copy. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by John Ozed
I first fell in love with Rufus Wainwright on his second album, "Poses." I recently purchased his first and third albums, and "Want One" is by far my favorite. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by GA Boy
I recently bought "Want One" by Rufus Wainwright and after a few listens, I was absolutely addicted. Read morePublished on June 14 2004
What a great album. Rufus finally opens up the windows in his studio and lets some air into his production. Read morePublished on June 4 2004
Multi-talented Canadian singer-songwriter geniously conceived double album of sorts finally gets it's release, as the first part, Want One goes the motions of Wainwright's talents... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Shawn Lunn