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Rufus Wainwright By
second half of the series, Rufus Wainwright delivers Want Two, which
contains all the hallmarks of his career thus far: elaborate production, daring
eclecticism, autobiographical introspection, barbed wit, and his soaring voice.
The songs range from the baroque austerity of This Love Affair to
songs which could be Broadway standards such as Memphis Skyline.
The bouncing optimism of Little Sister is both charming and sentimental,
while The Art Teacher portrays an incident of clouded confusion
which were possibly prevalent in the artists younger life. The package
also includes a bonus DVD, which generously holds an amazing, full-length concert
at San Franciscos legendary Fillmore. Throughout the show, the singers
already impressive catalog of wonderful music along with his hypnotic charisma
leaves the audience spellbound. Want Twos greatest strength is
that Wainwright has completely eschewed any attempt to appeal to modern commercial
radio, which should both appeal to his loyal fan base and liberate his artistic
intentions. One day, Rufus Wainwright will be placed in a similar category as
Jeff Buckley as this generations best fringe artists. In the meantime,
we merely have to sit back and enjoy his extraordinary talent.