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This is Rufus Wainwright's fifth album. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys executive produced it. Producer Marius de Vries (David Bowie, Bjork, Madonna) mixed the record with Andy Bradfield, and it features contributions from Martha Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Joan Wasser (Anthony and the Johnsons, Joan as Police Woman), and renowned actress Sian Phillips. Release The Stars makes its mark as Wainwright's first self-produced album.
Recorded in Berlin and executive produced by the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, Rufus Wainwright's fifth album offers an ounce of restraint from the man that dressed up as Sir Lancelot's crossed girlfriend Lady Shallott on the cover of his last. Well, not really. Having fallen in love and curbed his self-destructive streak, the New York-born singer-songwriter has certainly sharpened his wit on Release the Stars but the songs remain as ornate and over-the-top as ever, drawing as much inspiration from opera and the musical theater as the desire to purge personal demons. So while Wainwright spends considerable time here pondering the state of the world ("Going to a Town") and his own battles with drug and sexual addiction ("Sanssouci"), every note is punctuated by a choir, orchestral swell, or big burst of brass. It wouldn't be Rufus with anything less. --Aidin Vaziri
great melodies with funny/sad lyrics and varied tempos and production. my fave rufus cd so far.Published 13 months ago by antholious prefab
A magic album, Rufus Wainwright is one of my favorite composers and singers. His voice is unique, and his performances are stunning.Published on June 21, 2013 by Susan J. Harris
Complex interesting work never boring, at times a bit offensive. Going to A Town stopped me dead in my tracks. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Jerry Dunham
Well, perhaps it was the DVD he recently put out from the Pabst Theater...
Anyways! I think Rufus did a great job on this CD, but some of the songs just seem a little... Read more
From the moment I heard the first track on "Release the Stars" my first thought was that this album was going to be overly-dramatic, very operatic. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Courtenay
Rufus is an amazing singer. He has a few songs on this cd that I really appreciate listening to. It is a very mellow and relaxing type of music that is nice for casual enjoyment. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by R. Brossart
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|I call shenanigans!!!!!||
While I certainly don't deny Rufus' immense talent (and he is a total blast to see in concert), I am one of those who gave this album a three star review. I also find the melodies to be slight or non-existent, the production to be overblown and the general proceedings to be lacking in expression.... Read More
Jun 12, 2007 by Tim Brough | See all 4 posts
|Going to A Town - A song about how Rufus hates America...||
This is the most ridiculous posting I've come across in a while.
I've heard the track you're referring to and it is harrowing and honest and heartfelt. If you can't hear the deep sense of regret in the last verse of this song for the way that America has taken the world's love of America and... Read More
May 13, 2007 by Porchlight | See all 22 posts
|Does anyone want to trade my Rufus cds||Be the first to reply|