Rufus Wainwright – Want Two

This is a slightly[1] overdue review. While Want Two[2] was released only a week or so ago in the UK, I got this on import last year, as I couldn’t be bothered waiting for record companies to get their act together. The release here might have been deliberately timed to coincide with Rufus’s tour[3], but on the other hand it might be general weirdness.

This is Rufus‘s fourth album, and it’s pretty much the usual kind of thing – lots of operatic touches coupled with distinctly unsuitable lyrics[5], and some damn catch tunes.

I’m particularly keen on The One You Love, which might even be out as a single[6]. If I had a clue about musical arrangements and the like, I would probably be able to describe this more coherently, but let’s just say it has an interesting rhythm and some lyrics that stick in the mind[7]

The mind has so many pictures
Why can’t I sleep with my eyes open
The mind has so many memories
Can you remember what it looks like when I cry

Another little gem is The Art Teacher, sung from the point of view of a woman looking back to when she was a schoolgirl who fell in love with her art teacher, and

All this having been said,
I married an executive company head
All this having been done, a Turner – I own one
Here I am in this uniformish pantsuit sort of thing
Thinking of the art teacher
I was just a girl then
And never have I loved since then
No never have I loved any other man

You can find some short sound samples on Rufus’s website if you’re interested. If you do fancy this CD, look for the limited edition with the extra DVD – it includes a full length concert as well as Rufus walking around San Francisco enjoying the scenery[8]

[1] Understatement :cheesy:
[2] The follow-up to 2003’s Want One
[3] I’ve got tickets!![4]
[4] Now all I’ve got to do is persuade someone to go with me…
[5] Plenty to offend the kind of people who get offended by this kind of thing :laugh:
[6] Can’t quite see Rufus troubling the singles chart, but stranger things have happened.
[7] Well my mind, anyway
[8] So to speak :wink:

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