Want Two [Bonus Tracks]

Want Two [Bonus Tracks]

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by Rufus Wainwright
     
 

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Picking up where Want One left off, Rufus Wainwright's Want Two is a deeply introspective, sometimes kinky, and often personally critical set of mini-operettas that ruminate on his various relationships, drug abuse, and image in the media. Metaphorically liturgical and often classical in sound, Want Two touches on such interrelated themes as love,

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Picking up where Want One left off, Rufus Wainwright's Want Two is a deeply introspective, sometimes kinky, and often personally critical set of mini-operettas that ruminate on his various relationships, drug abuse, and image in the media. Metaphorically liturgical and often classical in sound, Want Two touches on such interrelated themes as love, loneliness, sin, and sacrifice. It's more focused than Want One and as such packs more of a wallop both musically and emotionally. On the cover of Want One, Wainwright appeared as a chivalrous knight in armor, bringing to mind the conquering crusader -- Sir Gawain the gay knight? Conversely, on Want Two he appears as a dark-haired maiden -- the suicidal Ophelia? The imagery not only speaks to the campy and loaded cliché of the male-and-female, yin-and-yang drive of the gay male persona, but more importantly how one's personal desires are often sacrificed because of public successes. Never one to shy away from personal issues, Wainwright deals explicitly with how his sexuality has affected his life and career, not merely as a gay man but as a burgeoning gay icon with a complex desire to both embrace and ignore all that entails. This is no more apparent than on the album centerpiece, the iconoclastic "Gay Messiah," in which Wainwright both mocks gay pop culture and laments his ability to live up to his fan base's desire for a artistic hero in the culture wars. He sings, "He will be reborn/From 1970s porn/Wearing tube socks with style/And such an innocent smile," and later, "No it will not be me/Rufus the Baptist I be." Similarly, on the opening track, "Agnus Dei," he croons, "Agnus dei/Qui tollis peccata mundi/Dona nobis pacem." Translated it means, "Lamb of God/Who takest away the sins of the world/Grant us peace." It's Wainwright's most direct plea for both personal and public absolution and helps leave the impression of an artist attempting to find emotional buoyancy in the often perilous waters of both the music business and the dating scene. Musically, Wainwright has never seemed more in command of his muse. References to Nilsson, Brian Wilson, and Randy Newman are a matter of course, but Wainwright's growth as a pop craftsman with his own unique lyrical voice -- both conceptually and literally -- makes such comparisons unnecessary. To these ends, lush string orchestras, cheery choirs, and piping horn sections decorate the impeccably scored album and perfectly complement Wainwright's swooning vocals. Taken as a whole, Want One and Want Two work well together as a sprawling and ambitious double album that is camp, serious, and utterly compelling. [Dreamworks' 2004 CD/DVD edition included two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0075021030923
catalogNumber:
2103092
Rank:
51010

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices
Charlie Sexton   Electric Guitar
Julianna Raye   Vocals
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Marius de Vries   Keyboards,Vibes
Roger Greenawalt   Banjo,Ukulele
Isobel Griffiths   Strings,Horn
Levon Helm   Drums
Julia Kent   Cello
Anna McGarrigle   Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jenni Muldaur   Vocals
Suzzy Roche   Vocals
David Theodore   Oboe
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Gerry Leonard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Christopher Cardona   Violin
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Martha Wainwright   Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joan Wasser   Violin,Viola
Brad Albetta   Bass
Rob Burger   Hammond Organ
Teddy Thompson   Vocals
Leona Naess   Background Vocals
Alison Gordon   Viola
Marcus De Vries   Keyboards,Vibes
Anja Wood   Cello
Maxim Moston   Violin,Concert Master
Jeff Hill   Bass,Vocals
Alexandra Knoll   Oboe
David Sapadin   Clarinet
Daniel Shelly   Bassoon
Kathryn Lockwood   Viola
Lily Lanken   Recorder,Background Vocals
Danielle Farina   Viola
Matt Johnson   Drums
Sophie Solomon   Violin
Julieanne Klopotic   Violin

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Guillame Bengle   Engineer
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
Martin Brumbach   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andy Taub   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Antoine Silverman   Principal
Rufus Wainwright   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements,Cover Art
Tom Schick   Engineer
Jacquelyn McKeever   Engineer
Alexis Smith   Programming
Rob Shearer   Engineer
Marcus De Vries   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements
Anja Wood   Principal
Maxim Moston   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ebeling   Engineer
Danielle Farina   Principal

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Want Two 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to Rufus Wainwright after listening to his song "Oh What a World" from Want One. After that I was hooked and I have not been able to stop listening to him. Want Two just continues to show his musical brillance and I recommend this ablum to anyone who appreciates great music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've never heard anything even close to the music that rufus wainwright creates. it's beautifully original, and his voice is one of a kind. his music is mellow but still catchy and reviving. you'll find nothing but incredibly beautiful music on this cd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago