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Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game


Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright but ... Read more in Amazon's Rufus Wainwright Store

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B006ZZANG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Out Of The Game
2. Jericho
3. Rashida
4. Barbara
5. Welcome To The Ball
6. Montauk
7. Bitter Tears
8. Respectable Dive
9. Perfect Man
10. Sometimes You Need
11. Song Of You
12. Candles

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Product Description

This is the deluxe two disc set (CD & DVD) - A must have for true fans. The DVD features behind the scenes video of Out Of The Game that includes interviews with Rufus and producer Mark Ronson. A photo gallery has also been added as an additional bonus.

Rufus Wainwright returns to the pop foray with his eagerly anticipated new album, Out of the Game, to be released May 1st on Decca. Produced by the celebrated Mark Ronson, this is the seventh studio album from one of the most accomplished, contemporary singer-songwriters today.

A labor of love for both Wainwright and Ronson, Rufus calls Out of the Game, the most pop album I ve ever made, while Ronson recently stated, it s the best work of my career. Recorded in New York in the fall of 2011, the twelve songs are hook-laden, memorably arranged tracks reminiscent of Rufus early work, following 2010 s more quietly intimate outing, Songs For Lulu.

From the uptempo opening chords of the title track and first single, to the gospel tinged rock of Jericho, through the beauty of Sometimes You Need and the emotional pull of Candles, this new disc ranks alongside Rufus Wainwright s very best.

Musicians on the album include the Dap-Kings who Mark used for the groundbreaking Amy Winehouse Back To Black album and his own Record Collection ; Wilco s Nels Cline; Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow; Sean Lennon and Martha Wainwright.

Influences, as ever, were all encompassing. Mark says Out of the Game has a real 70 s, Laurel Canyon spirit while Rufus cites all the greats- Elton, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie - basically the brash and beautiful. It s also very Rufus.

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Rufus says it's "the most pop album I've ever made" while Mark Ronson believes "it's the best work of my career." Influences, as ever, were all encompassing. Mark says `Out of the Game' "has a real 70's, Laurel Canyon spirit" while Rufus cites "all the greats- Elton, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, basically the brash and beautiful. It's also very Rufus."

Customer Reviews

This is Rufus' seventh album and is certainly his most accessible.
Joshua Miller
It will move you to tears with the shear beauty of Rufus' voice and lyrics.
Carol D'Amico
I listen to this CD while in the kitchen, in the bedroom, and in the car.
S. Dixon

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Pen Dave on May 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's funny, I've heard of Rufus Wainwright before, but never considered myself a fan in any sense. Not a single track, much less CD; I've spent the last 24 hours listening to this album 3 times. This is quality music. And I'd better stop soon; but it's one of those albums, when listened to over again, yields new things you didn't hear the first time. I'm now going back to his old albums, and there are quite a few, to enjoy those.

I'm not one to post over the top reviews, but I feel compelled here.

Congratulations Mr. Wainwright, on differentiating yourself from many of the plastic one hit wonders of the world. The world needs more artists like you.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2012
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Listening to the opening pair of songs on Rufus Wainwright's new album "Out Of The game" and "Jericho", one could be forgiven for thinking this is seventies Elton John.

The album is produced by Mark Ronson who brings his trademark lush horn-peppered sound on board, as well as a few guests, Wainwright's sister Martha, Sean Lennon, a few Dap-Kings, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner.

"Rashida" channels Queen. "Barbara" is groovy breezy seventies Soul. "Welcome To The Ball" mixes strings and horns charmingly against an ornate harmony backdrop. "Montauk" is a doleful ballad, followed by the gently pulsing "Bitter Tears" (with a lovely wall of harmonies), the slow shuffle of the Country-tinged "Respectable Dive", the upbeat Funky "Perfect man", the ruminative acoustic "Sometimes You Need", the Blues/Pop ballad "Song Of You", and the closing epic ode to his late mother "Candles", almost hymnal in parts with sprinklings of accordion.

A charming collection of songs that grow and grow with repeated listening. Should broaden his fan base introducing more to his spectacular tenor.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Texasrocker on May 2, 2012
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Here's the thing about Rufus - he's a clever song writer with a singing style all of his own. I sometimes think Wainwright was born too late for his musical abilities because I can see myself listening to him while sipping a 20 year old brandy in front of a fireplace with my golden retriever at my feet in a 1920's mansion. Thankfully we get the opportunity to enjoy this unique songwriter with the instantly recognizable voice in his Out of the Game album. With all of the cookie cutter music industry singers now in the music biz it's nice to know that individuality can still be found in the music world and Wainwright provides that with Out of the Game.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2012
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Considering Rufus's much flaunted genetic musical pedigree he's always been one of those people I paid more attention to than you might think. I was very much exposed to his early releases such as Rufus Wainwright and Poses when they came out. But they were my mothers CD's,not mine. These albums were very orchestrated cabaret influence baroque pop. One thing I instantly appreciated about him was openly and candidly discussing his homosexuality,with all his youthful and lustful blitzes intact. As he grew creatively as a person he began exploring this music and lyrical subject matter more broadly on his Want 1 & 2,where he had a more mature and sometimes saddening outlook. I must admit while he released other albums after,by 2007 I admit I sort of lost track of him. When I heard he was making an album that not only included the Dap Kings but a more 70's rock and soul type direction I was very excited. In the end the album is far better than even my wildest expectations.

From the opening title track on it's just impressive. The first part that struck me is Rufus's singing,once a rather whiny and slow drawl I honestly never got too into now has simmered into lyrical and very versatile croon. That opener plus the bouncy "Jericho" and "Rashida" definitely where that California pop/rock sound in it's sleeve. The lyrics and songwriting style though are still...Rufus. The soulful "Barbara" and almost polka pop styled "Welcome To The Ball" both benefit from the fluttery synthesizers and strong cinematic productions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is near as perfect a match between artist and producer as 2012 has seen. Mark Ronson nudges Rufus Wainwright into Ronson's retro-world just as Rufus writes his most melodic material since his wonderful "Want One." The end result, "Out Of The Game," is just as it's title states; Rufus has reined in his last couple CD's worth of extravagance into a listenable and highly enjoyable album.

He's also as unconventional as ever. "Look at you, suckers," he snorts at the newly out character on the title track, with soul-backing singers. It sounds like conventional pop-soul, but that dark streak subverts the meaning. Same with songs that are self referential ("Rashida," "Barbara"), yet the swirling ABBA synths of "Montauk" change the game completely. Rufus sings to his new daughter about her two dads, in a sly and somber hopeful song about her future, along with a bittersweet, heartfelt verse about his late mother and growing older without her. It's easily the best and most reflective song he's written since "Poses," and made me a fan of Rufus once again.

I have to admit, his last few albums had left me cold; the redo of Judy Garland, the overt arty "All Nights are Days" and I was feeling "Release The Stars" was the artist reaching past his grasp. "Out Of The Game" proves me wrong. Despite all the diversions - and the way he now draws upon them for this album - Wainwright has kept his touch as a masterful singer-songwriter. That's something I wasn't expecting to say, but I'm more than happy to eat my words this time around.
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Is the Deluxe Edition Worth It?
The dvd contains an approximately 30 minute video. About 13 minutes discussion with him and the producer Mark Ronson. Then about 15mins of Rufus commenting on each track in turn. There's also a full length performance of a slower interpretation of one of the album tracks.
There's also a 5 photo... Read More
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