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  • Summary: The 21st release for the singer-songwriter features songs about growing older, family and death. It includes guest appearances from his children (Rufus, Martha, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly-Wainwright), Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Scofield, Suzzy Roche, Chaim Tannenbaum, ChrisThe 21st release for the singer-songwriter features songs about growing older, family and death. It includes guest appearances from his children (Rufus, Martha, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly-Wainwright), Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Scofield, Suzzy Roche, Chaim Tannenbaum, Chris Smither, and Dame Edna Everage. Expand
  • Record Label: 2nd Story Sound
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. 100
    After he goes down on his knees and prays, as he promises he will, this album will be Exhibit A on his application.
  2. Apr 17, 2012
    91
    It's an exquisitely bittersweet meander through Wainwright's cobweb-strewn psyche liable to leave listeners laughing through tears and crying through laughter.
  3. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    This marvelous album will resonate with sons, daughters, parents, spouses or those mindful of their mortality. In other words: everyone.
  4. May 9, 2012
    80
    Older Than My Old Man Now tackles serious topics with empathy and laughter. By looking at himself, Wainwright shows us what will someday happen to all of us.
  5. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Copious candid personal insights are shared with the gravitas of Johnny Cash over a bit of blues here, a fleck of folk there, and country stylings aplenty.
  6. May 9, 2012
    70
    Wainwright has a true gift for turning heartbreak into brilliant folk rock.
  7. 60
    Best of all is "The Day That We Die", Rufus Wainwright oozing mournfully with his dad about the way that familial potholes prove so difficult to repair.

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  1. May 7, 2012
    9
    A beautiful, wonderful, funny/heart-wrenching, thought-provoking record from Mr. Wainwright III as he looks back on what is, what was and whatA beautiful, wonderful, funny/heart-wrenching, thought-provoking record from Mr. Wainwright III as he looks back on what is, what was and what could have been. Stirring, emotional ballads ('In C') mix with humorous ditties ('My Meds') in a joyful/painful looking back/forward at life. With the exceptions of 'Date Line' and 'I Remember Sex', one of Loudon's best records ever, IMO. The other 13 tunes rate a '10.' Expand