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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 ...
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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. [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: 600445050419
  • Catalog Number: 450504
  • Sales rank: 78,649

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 (2:41)
  6. 6 Go or Go Ahead (6:38)
  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 77:77 (4:27)
  14. 14 Dinner at Eight (4:32)
  15. 15 Es Mus Sein (2:20)
  16. 16 Velvet Curtain Rag (2:32)
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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
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
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
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, 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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