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Rufus Wainwright s sixth studio album All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu . Written by Rufus Wainwright, produced by Rufus (with Pierre Marchand on three songs) 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 through Rufus fingers, 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.'

1. Who Are You New York?
2. So Sad With What I Have
3. Martha
4. Give Me What I Want And Give It To Me Now!
5. True Loves
6. Sonnet 43
7. Sonnet 20
8. Sonnet 10
9. The Dream
10. What Would I Ever Do With A Rose?
11. Les Feux D'Artifice T'Appellent
12. Zebulon

Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0039BEEX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on May 3, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Rufus Wainwright is so often over the top and extravagant with his music, that you tend to forget that there is an actual human being underneath all of the showmanship and bombast. All Days are Nights is a stunning reminder that Rufus is not only a very real, very fragile individal, but also one of the most gifted vocalists and composers of his generation.

Fueled by the grief from his mother's passing in January, Rufus wipes away all the fancy trappings of his previous efforts and keeps things simple working with only a piano and his own emotionally rich vocals. That's it. No strings, horns, etc. This is Wainwright at his most intimate and unguarded. The result is his best album since Poses, although this one will not instantly burrow its way into your head as that album did. These songs require pateince and repeated listens before their subtle melodies fully unfurl. But even if the songs aren't as instantly catchy as some of his other work, there is no denying the waves of emotion that wash over you while listening to this starkly beautiful album.

Rufus Wainwright has gone for broke with this album, and laid his wounded soul bare for all to see. It's a brave move from the normally difficult to read musician, but it's one that pays enormous artistic and emotional dividends. My guess is that he hopes that he never has to do it again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. McEntee on June 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm a little behind the curve with Rufus Wainwright as I only discovered him in 2009. During this brief period I have purchased each of his albums and formulated my impression of him as an artist and songwriter. A reader here doesn't need my opinion of Wainwright's considerable talent but in 'All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu' we see an artist simply laying his emotions on the table for all to see. It's an intensely personal recording full of the pain of loss and the perspective of life, love, and caring.

After opening with 'Who are you New York' which seems to be Wainwright's call to a nebulous person of fantasy or almost faceless faces of the city he then moves into the darkness of 'So sad with what I have'. He is wearing all the despair of his mother's inevitable passing, his own feelings of loneliness and regret, and tinges of hope for the future on his sleeve. All of this turbulence shines through his voice and piano. The raw recording listens as though Rufus simply walked into the studio and said "turn on the mic" and started playing. After the desperate plea to his sister in 'Martha' and the one upbeat song on the record 'Give me what I want...' we come to 'True Loves' for an extravagant foray into an almost burlesque style of playing with a direct homage to Gershwin. It's absolutely brilliant. The Shakespearian sonnets are a bit of a left-turn in the proceedings, but not a bad one, and Wainwright turns back into the shadows with 'The Dream' conjuring a driving statement of love and loss. The record closes with the absolutely stunning 'Zebulon' that puts Wainwright's grief on display by using his entire singing range, restrained piano, and tempo allowing us to share his conversation with an old friend.

This is certainly the best I've heard from Rufus Wainwright and for me this record is in a class with the best singer/songwriter albums ever recorded. Think Joni Mitchell's 'Blue'.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Victor Ochoa on April 20, 2010
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Early in Rufus' career, he sang of how studying Schubert made his head explode. Well, the Schubert has paid off. The musical compositions here, all expressed in voice and piano alone, are suitably complex and very accessible. Rufus has a wonderful piano-playing technique, and his songs are quite nice. This is a beautiful recording, an instant classic, and a must-have for all fans of good music, and especially all fans of Rufus. God Bless Rufus Wainwright!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ästrid on July 28, 2010
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Intense pain wrapped into hauntingly beautiful music is what we get with Rufus's new album. All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is the Canadian-American singer-songwriter's sixth studio album, after a series of other projects, reaching from the re-enactment of the legendary Judy Garland concert 1961 at Carnegie Hall to the world premiere of his first opera. The album's eponymous '"Lulu" refers to the "dark, brooding, dangerous woman that lives within all of us," as Rufus stated in a recent interview, adding that his personal "Lulu" is Louise Brooks in the 1929 movie Pandora's Box. Most of the album's twelve songs were written while dealing with his mother's losing battle against cancer. The result is a stunning homage to her, the brilliant folk musician Kate McGarrigle, who passed away earlier this year. All the songs feature just Rufus's unique and compelling voice, with him accompanying himself on the piano. The grandeur of past albums and projects has been replaced with a stripped-down, bare version of the singer. What is left are spectacular piano arrangements, ranging from bright, sophisticated, even witty compositions to heartbreakingly drawn-out laments.
One of these laments is the song "Sad with What I Have," which reflects upon the feeling of intense sadness although being in a seemingly happy relationship. It does leave us, however, on a slightly optimistic note "Sad with what I have - except for you" is the song's last verse. As a nice contrast to these depressing sounds stands "Give Me What I Want And Give It to Me Now," a very bright, lively, yet highly demanding song that addresses - according to Rufus - the critics who reviewed his first opera, Prima Donna, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival last summer.
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