Rufus Wainwright
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The singer/songwriters working today who point to Tin Pan Alley and Broadway musicals as central inspirations can be counted on an index finger. Rufus Wainwright is quite an anomaly--but, then again, he's the son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. Wainwright has been compared to Randy Newman for his piano-based orchestral sense, but unlike Newman, he rarely turns those poppy conventions against themselves: he's always sentimental and sincere about the fluff he explores. When he drives his melodies and lyrics hardest--as on the Beatlesque "April Fools" and the barroom "Matinee Idol"--his considerable imagination is most convincing and entertaining. Fans of folk simplicity should skip this one, but the more adventurous may find the charm in Wainwright's ambitious debut. --Roy Kasten

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tracklisting: Foolish Love
Danny Boy
April Fools
In My Arms
Beauty Mark
Matinee Idol
Damned Ladies
Sally Ann
Imaginary Love
title: Rufus Wainwright
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 19-05-1998
price: $11.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 137383360
genre: Chamber Pop
Adult Alternative
fullTitle: Rufus Wainwright
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created: 137383344
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
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artist: Rufus Wainwright