Want Two [Bonus Tracks + DVD]

Want Two [Bonus Tracks + DVD]

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 inner-related themes as love, loneliness,See more details below

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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 inner-related themes as love, loneliness, sin and sacrifice. It's more focused than Want One and as such packs more of 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 -- Sleeping Beauty or 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 his fan base's desire for an 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. [Want Two was also released with the bonus DVD, Rufus Wainwright Live at the Fillmore

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2004
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0075021030213
catalogNumber:
210302
Rank:
237592

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie Sexton   Electric Guitar
Julianna Raye   Vocals
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Marius de Vries   Keyboards,Vibes
Roger Greenawalt   Banjo,Ukulele
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
Anja Wood   Cello
Maxim Moston   Violin,Concert Master
Jeff Hill   Bass
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   Orchestral Arrangements
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Guillame Bengle   Live Recording
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
Martin Brumbach   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements
Andy Taub   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Rufus Wainwright   Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements,Cover Art
Tom Schick   Engineer
Kevin Metcalfe   Mastering
Jacquelyn McKeever   Engineer
Alexis Smith   Programming
Rob Shearer   Live Recording
Maxim Moston   Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ebeling   Engineer

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