Want One [Bonus Tracks]

Want One [Bonus Tracks]

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by Rufus Wainwright
     
 

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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, See more details below

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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. [A bonus track edition included "Es Mus Sein" and "Velvet Curtain Rag."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Dreamworks Uk
UPC:
0600445050419
catalogNumber:
450504
Rank:
139431

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Charlie Sexton   Guitar
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Simon Clarke   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Marius de Vries   Piano
Levon Helm   Drums
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
Gerry Leonard   Guitar,Mandolin
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo,Accordion
Martha Wainwright   Vocals
Nick Hitchens   Tuba
Joyce Smith   Harp
Adrian Hallowell   Bass Trombone
Bernard O'Neil   Bass
Teddy Thompson   Vocals
David 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,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
John Holbrook   Engineer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
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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