Want One

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
In interviews, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been exceptionally honest about his problems with addiction and family strife, particularly his volatile relationship with his singer-songwriter father, Loudon Wainwright III. The younger Wainwright's songs are unusually honest, too, though it's not just in the lyrics that he lays bare his soul. He adheres to the centuries-old notion that the music must add meaning to a song's words -- which isn't so surprising coming from someone who claims Schubert and Verdi as his musical idols. Aided by veteran producer Marius deVries, Want One takes the opulent arrangements of Wainwright's first two albums Rufus ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
In interviews, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been exceptionally honest about his problems with addiction and family strife, particularly his volatile relationship with his singer-songwriter father, Loudon Wainwright III. The younger Wainwright's songs are unusually honest, too, though it's not just in the lyrics that he lays bare his soul. He adheres to the centuries-old notion that the music must add meaning to a song's words -- which isn't so surprising coming from someone who claims Schubert and Verdi as his musical idols. Aided by veteran producer Marius deVries, Want One takes the opulent arrangements of Wainwright's first two albums Rufus Wainwright and Poses a step further, underscoring the emotional richness and inherent theatricality of these confessional songs. The results are often surprising. Originally conceived as "an angry rock thing," "Vicious World" becomes a deliriously hazy dream or nightmare? with gently throbbing keyboard harmonies. "14th Street" is built around the down-to-earth, country-esque refrain, "Why'd you have to break all my heart? / Couldn't you have saved a little bit of it?," yet the music is an unexpectedly elaborate honky-tonk symphony. Not all the songs are so lavishly realized, though. "So Pretty" is an intimate number with piano accompaniment, and "Harvester of Hearts" evokes the low-lit atmosphere of a smoky jazz club. Wainwright's struggles with big issues have always been plain in his music, and though he looks to be on the path to recovery, it's the listener who reaps the biggest bounty: Rufus's poignant, often powerful songs offer themes and melodies that burrow deep into one's consciousness.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Rufus Wainwright croons and cries through another set of obscenely lush and opulent pop operettas on his third album Want One. As is to be expected, the songs are meticulously layered and richly textured, with full orchestral passages and many-throated harmonies. Producer Marius deVries Björk, Massive Attack, Madonna didn't mess with the already successful Wainwright sound, allowing for the young singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist to explore his familiar themes of love, loss, and "singin' about places" with the anticipated fanfare and flourish. The album's strongest segment comes in the middle, beginning with the intimate-to-epic "Go or Go Ahead," barreling through the wildly spinning rock opera "14th Street," and landing softly on the gently chiming "Natasha." Oddly, unlike his previous two releases, Wainwright's musings seem less focused and a little meandering on a handful of the songs. The lazy, loping "Want" is much more stream-of-consciousness than anything else he's recorded, and the slightly goofy "Vibrate" with its references to Britney Spears and electroclash may sound dated before the album is played a second time. The sessions that produced Want One were apparently so prolific that another volume Want Two? is in the works, but it could turn out to be that distilling both albums down to one would have made for a more complete overall work. Who knows, this new looseness to his rigid pop constructivism may end up being a good thing, and, frankly, Wainwright could be singing lists of names out of the phone book and it would still be more exciting and inventive than 99 percent of the other albums out there.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
A record of breathtaking, eccentric opulence.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
If Sondheim had been reared on old Van Dyke Parks records, he might sound like this. (A-)

A record of breathtaking, eccentric opulence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445046108
  • Catalog Number: 000089612
  • Sales rank: 16,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh What a World (4:23)
  2. 2 I Don't Know What It Is (4:51)
  3. 3 Vicious World (2:50)
  4. 4 Movies of Myself (4:31)
  5. 5 Pretty Things (2:40)
  6. 6 Go or Go Ahead (6:39)
  7. 7 Vibrate (2:44)
  8. 8 14th Street (4:44)
  9. 9 Natasha (3:29)
  10. 10 Harvester of Hearts (3:35)
  11. 11 Beautiful Child (4:16)
  12. 12 Want (5:11)
  13. 13 11:11 (4:27)
  14. 14 Dinner at Eight (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rufus Wainwright Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Recorder, fender rhodes
Charlie Sexton Guitar
Sterling Campbell Drums
Simon Clarke Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Marius de Vries Piano, Vibes
Levon Helm Drums
The Kick Horns Brass
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jenni Muldaur Vocals
Tim Sanders Tenor Saxophone
Paul Spong Trumpet
Linda Thompson Vocals
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Jimi Zhivago Guitar, Piano
Kate McGarrigle Banjo
Martha Wainwright Vocals
Nick Hitchens Tuba
Joyce Smith Harp
Adrian Hallowell Bass Trombone
Gary Leonard Guitar, Mandolin
Bernard O'Neil Bass
Teddy Thompson Vocals
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
Maxim Moston Concert Master
Jeff Hill Bass
Alexandra Knoll Oboe
London Oratory Choir Choir, Chorus
David Sapadin Clarinet
Daniel Shelly Bassoon
Matt Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Gary Thomas Engineer
Andy Bradfield Engineer
Marius de Vries Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
John Holbrook Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Lenny Waronker Executive Producer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Rufus Wainwright Composer, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Cover Art
Jacquelyn McKeever Engineer
Chris Elliott Orchestral Arrangements
Alexis Smith Programming
Tom Shick Engineer
Maxim Moston Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ebeling Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And I thought Poses was fantastic!

    I thought Rufus Wainwright's second album, Poses, was the best you could get. I was thrilled to discover that 1) He wasn't dead (I have an annoying tendency to like Singers of the Long Since Past) and 2) He had more albums that I hadn't gotten my paws on yet. The first song 'Oh What a World' is a song that I regularly sing along to in the car, from the simple beginning, to the multi layered finale. It leaves me happy, and leaves me thinking "Well. It certainly is a strange world that we live in!" There isn't a bad song on the record, which is a rare thing for me to say. The only song that I would occasionally skip is 'Want.' The melody doesn't intrigue me as much as I would like it to, nor do the lyrics, which fall slightly from their high caliber on this song. But, 'Want' is still an enjoyable listen, but just not my cup of tea. Overall, five out of five. This singer is definitely someone that you should keep your eyes on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rufus never dissapoints...

    From the opening refrain of "Oh What a World" to the simply-put lyrics and rambling thoughts of "Vibrate" it should be abundantly clear that Rufus Wainwright has a great sense of humor and a deep appreciation of honesty in lyric and simplicity in muse. I'm still shocked at the number of people that have not "discovered" Rufus Wainwright and had an opportunity to enjoy his art, spoon feeding top-40 radio to the next generation? Such a shame and to quote Rufus..."Oh, what a world, it seems we live in."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    id give it 10 if i could

    i have all of rufus wainwright's cds and i just have to say ALL of them are wonderful. he has the best voice ive ever heard, i highly recommend this cd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Such a blend of genius and madness

    Rufus' music has always been a symbol of inherent energy and a depressing escape of love. He has once again delivered a musical blend of songs to rejoice with and numbers to cry with. I listened to this album over and over for an entire day while I was working. I kept feeling the hairs stand up on my neck at certain times each time and numb at moments each time. Brilliant, simply brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Yet from Rufus

    Want One is such a well thought out album that will definitely put Rufus Wainwright on the map as a great composer, pianist, and vocalist.

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