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Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
The singer/songwriters working today who point to Tin Pan Alley and Broadway musicals as central inspirations can be counted on an index finger. Rufus Wainwright is quite an anomaly--but, then again, he's the son of Loudon... more »
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The singer/songwriters working today who point to Tin Pan Alley and Broadway musicals as central inspirations can be counted on an index finger. Rufus Wainwright is quite an anomaly--but, then again, he's the son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. Wainwright has been compared to Randy Newman for his piano-based orchestral sense, but unlike Newman, he rarely turns those poppy conventions against themselves: he's always sentimental and sincere about the fluff he explores. When he drives his melodies and lyrics hardest--as on the Beatlesque "April Fools" and the barroom "Matinee Idol"--his considerable imagination is most convincing and entertaining. Fans of folk simplicity should skip this one, but the more adventurous may find the charm in Wainwright's ambitious debut. --Roy Kasten
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Joyce C. from GARDEN GROVE, CA
Reviewed on 12/9/2009...
I love this. Unique style and lyrics.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Why isn't this guy better known..GENIUS
R. S. Ash | Alex.Va. | 03/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ahhh..Rufus awsome crafting of music and lyric & great songs,but no one gets to hear much of you.They're sad loss those of us who have discoverd you will always look for more from you..Stand out tracks ..Danny boy..foolish love..april fools..barcelona.."
A true original
Daniel E. Fox | Phoenix, AZ | 04/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rufus is one of the best musicians around. I was lucky enough to catch him in concert (at a small Indiana college) a few years back in support of "Poses" and he was just amazing. His eponymous debut CD is vivacious, out there (in more ways than one), catchy, meaningful, and Broadway-esque (I've often thought that a few of the songs could make a great soundtrack for a Broadway musical). I have every CD that Rufus has put out there, but Foolish Love (the first song on his first CD) has always been my very favorite of all his great tunes. By the way, just to put in a word for another under-appreciated artist, his father, the great Loudon Wainwright III, is certainly worth checking out (he has a gazillion CD's) if you have any appreciation for Rufus."