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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
On "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," the opening track of his stunningly sophisticated sophomore album, Poses, Rufus Wainwright confesses to his indulgences: "Everything it seems I like is a little bit sweeter, a little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me." Set to a seductively simple keyboard vamp that slips into occasionally dissonant chords, the song is as artful as it is amusing, especially when it ends in an ironic flourish with, "So please be kind/ if I'm a mess." Although he is the son of singer-songwriters Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III Rufus covers one of his father's best-known tunes, "One Man Guy," here, his songs are indulgently theatrical, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
On "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," the opening track of his stunningly sophisticated sophomore album, Poses, Rufus Wainwright confesses to his indulgences: "Everything it seems I like is a little bit sweeter, a little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me." Set to a seductively simple keyboard vamp that slips into occasionally dissonant chords, the song is as artful as it is amusing, especially when it ends in an ironic flourish with, "So please be kind/ if I'm a mess." Although he is the son of singer-songwriters Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III Rufus covers one of his father's best-known tunes, "One Man Guy," here, his songs are indulgently theatrical, more suited for the cabaret than the coffee house, and given to sweeping, swooning piano-based melodies and crescendoing string arrangements. The stately, poised title track features witty wordplay worthy of Stephen Sondheim -- "Life is a game and true love is a trophy" -- and lovely background vocals from his sister, Martha Wainwright. Elsewhere, "Shadows," a collaboration with the Propellerheads' Alex Gifford, overlays a sexy funk groove with a string section, while "California" is a shining pop moment masking disillusionment with the state's shiny veneer: "So much to plunder that I think I'll sleep instead." Poses is a remarkable album, one that establishes Rufus Wainwright as one of pop music's most exciting and unique young voices.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Talented chamber pop troubadour Rufus Wainwright followed up his startlingly fresh debut album with the 2001 release Poses. While his self-titled first album was very much a work by Wainwright aided by his contributing producers, Poses seems to be more of a group effort, with the young composer allowing the other performers on the album to lend their talents, creating an even fuller, more "live" sound. Both Wainwright's younger sister Martha and son of British folk near-legends Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson contribute harmony vocals which soar above Rufus' affecting moan like the choir he must hear in his head. Produced by Pierre Marchand Sarah McLachlan, the album continues the same outstretched, enveloping sound established by Wainwright's earlier work, but contributors like contemporary composer Damian le Gassick and Propellerheads' Alex Gifford push in different directions, adding understated drum loops and gritty beats in unexpected places. Above all of the studio gimcrackery and pedigreed guest stars floats Wainwright himself, whose introspective, wry, and heart-wrenching songwriting remains his true strength although his leisurely operatic tenor is not far behind. The clunking, loping "Greek Song" evokes the sprawl of an impossible Ingmar Bergman spaghetti Western, while the swaggering "California" shows a sunny exterior masking the song's satirical sneer. Amidst this sonic barrage, a high point comes in the cover of patriarch Loudon Wainwright III's "One Man Guy." Performed by Rufus, Martha, and Teddy Thompson's simple acoustic guitar, these three grown children of the '70s folk movement embrace the song faithfully, basking in their own harmonies and offering a respite from the blissfully lush orchestral pop that surrounds it. While Poses shows growth and worthwhile exploration, the album's "group" feel suffers only slightly from being less intimate than Wainwright's first album. Although his contributors add much, there was something blushingly personal about his debut that may have gotten a little buried this time around. That being said, Poses is still a spectacular album, brimming over with Wainwright's trademark popera and young romantic wishes. At times the album is beautifully discordant and sonically chilling, but often hints at warm grins with mischievous winks. [Poses was re-released in 2002 with the addition of Wainwright's cover of the Beatles' "Across the Universe," his contribution to the I Am Sam soundtrack.]
Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
Let's not overstate: Wainwright is not the second coming of Cole Porter.... But the best of Poses transmits the impatient, careening, manic life of a pleasure-seeking New Yorker and still keeps a carefully calibrated lightweight focus, the way those old, literate pop songs did.

Let's not overstate: Wainwright is not the second coming of Cole Porter.... But the best of Poses transmits the impatient, careening, manic life of a pleasure-seeking New Yorker and still keeps a carefully calibrated lightweight focus, the way those old, literate pop songs did.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445036925
  • Catalog Number: 450369
  • Sales rank: 81,378

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (4:44)
  2. 2 Greek Song (3:56)
  3. 3 Poses (5:02)
  4. 4 Shadows (5:35)
  5. 5 California (3:23)
  6. 6 The Tower of Learning (4:47)
  7. 7 Grey Gardens (3:08)
  8. 8 Rebel Prince (3:44)
  9. 9 The Consort (4:25)
  10. 10 One Man Guy (3:31)
  11. 11 Evil Angel (4:43)
  12. 12 In a Graveyard (2:22)
  13. 13 Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise) (4:00)
  14. 14 Across the Universe (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rufus Wainwright Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
Julianna Raye Background Vocals
Gregg Arreguin Guitar
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ
Bernadette Colomine Background Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
Charles Everett Violin
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Normand Forget Oboe
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Alex Gifford Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Christine Giguere Cello
Kevin Hupp Drums
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Ethan Johns Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar
Peter Kent Violin
Brian Leonard Violin
Pierre Marchand Bass, Piano
Ally McErlaine Guitar
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums
Greg Wells Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Sean Lennon Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Ashwin Sood Drums
Joey Waronker Drums
Suzie Katayama Leader
Damian leGassick Guitar, Keyboards
Martha Wainwright Background Vocals
Stéphane Allard Violin
Dan Savant Leader
Rudy Stein Cello
Becca Ware Viola
Yves Desrosiers Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
Roberto Cani Violin
Teddy Thompson Guitar, Background Vocals
Ian Rathbone Viola
Richard Causon Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, chamberlain, Wurlitzer
Geneviève Beaudry Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Mélanie Bélair Violin
Dan Smith Cello
Brigid Button Violin
Sarah Button Violin
Hilary Skewes Cello
Jeff Hill Bass, Background Vocals
Julie Dupras Viola
Greg Hay Viola
Steve Richards Cello
Carla Antoun Cello
Wilma Hos Viola
Pete Wilson Bass Guitar
Michele Richards Violin
Jean Paquin French Horn
Jean Marc Leblanc Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tom Banghart Engineer, Remixing
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Alex Gifford Producer
Ethan Johns Producer, Engineer
Pierre Marchand Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Chris Potter Mastering
Steve Sidelnyk drum programming
Lenny Waronker Executive Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Greg Wells Producer, Remixing
Bryan Martin Engineer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Damian leGassick Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Rufus Wainwright String Arrangements, Art Direction
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
Dominique Grand Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "One man guy" seeks same

    I randomly bought this CD years ago because I read about it in a magazine, and that is how my love affair with Rufus Wainwright began. My first couple listenings found his music soothing, and I actually went to sleep with Poses playing for a while. Once I gave it a closer listening, I found a lot of his lyrics to be very personal, and I connected with it very deeply. "Cigarettes and chocolate milk" never fails to put a smile on my face, and his cover of "Across the Universe" is beautiful. My favorite track on the CD is a cover of his father's song, "One man guy." I don't think I've ever had a song resonate with me more than this one. I think Rufus is brilliant, and his subsequent albums have only made me love him more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just fabulous

    Too few people in this world have never heard of Rufus Wainwright. When asked if I had heard of him two years ago, I gave the inquirer my often used what-the-heck-are-you-talking-about look, and said, "Who?", as poiletly as I could manage. Now, writing this review, I am a fan. The first song I ever heard by Rufus was "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk." Scanning the back of the CD, my first thought was, admittdly, 'strange people.' Annoyed, I set the disk down into the CD player, rather harder then necessary. As the first wave of music hit me, I sat down on my bed, and remained there until the CD was done. I pushed play again, and again, and again. I simply could not believe that I could have missed such a jem, being a music enthusist myself, I try to listen to as much music as possible, rap to classical. I found that listening to Rufus Wainwright's music gave me a feeling of-well, mixed feelings. For some of the songs, I would stun myself (and permenatly blind all others around me), and dance, or I would frown, and comtemplate what was being said/sung to me. All in all, I really loved this CD, and thought it was "Just fabulous!" NOTE: Buy tickets for as many concerts as possiable, seeing as he is simply fabulous (my favorite word) in concert!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    Rufus' cd Poses blew me away. His strong voice and soothing accent makes his music simply facinating! My favorite song is definatly cigerates and chocolate milk but I love the entire cd! this is definatley something i can listen to over and over and never get tired of. He is wonderful :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like endless rain into a paper cup...

    I luffs Rufus Wainwright. Ever since I bought the Shrek soundtrak I fell in love with his voice. So soothing and warm it is; then I bought the Moulin Rouge Sountrack until, finally, I bought Poses. As great of a singer he is, the quality of it is a little...off. Like in "Cigarettes and Chocalate Milk" there is continuous hiss and in "Across the Universe" tends to crack when he's carrying a long note. I don't if this is only my CD or my equipment, but that'[s what I have heard. Still, I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've never seen "I Am Sam!"

    Oh, I love this album. It's amazing how talented this young man is. If you liked his first album you'll simple adore this one.(Even if you dislike cigarettes... or chocolate milk!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Poses from Rufus Wainwright is nothing short of spectacular. He's a genius! I can not praise this cd enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A musical genius

    Mr. Wainwright's music is such a heavenly pleasure. Every song on the Poses album is captivating and extremely clever. He is what William Shakespeare is to Christopher Marlowe, a pure innovative genius. I look forward to his next endeavor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rising Star

    This album is beautiful. Every track feels like liquid music flowing with peace and tranquility. His version of Across The Universe (done for the I Am Sam soundtrack) is worth the purchase alone. I look forward to hearing the many albums to come.

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