Release The Stars - Rufus Wainwright
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter self-produced (with the help of Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant) this follow-up to 'Want Two.' Richard Thompson guests.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. It is different in many ways, but never neglects the melodic, vocal and lyrical genius that has established, and will continue to establish, his status as one of the all time greats.
  2. 90
    Like [Brian Wilson's] Smile, it extends the language of pop, setting a fearsome standard for anyone equal to the challenge of matching his limitless invention. [Jun 2007, p.98]
  3. His melodies — and what melodies they are — are drowned out by the bombast. But he still yearns more beautifully than anyone.
  4. 70
    The songs are actually strong enough to hold the weight of the over-the-top arrangements. [Jun 2007, p.96]
  5. While these songs are lushly produced, often with full orchestration, and while Wainwright has a knack for pretty, lilting melodies and concrete imagery there is nonetheless a distinct lack of pop hooks here.
  6. It's an ornate, dizzying affair, where all his interests and talents collide in one brazen gesture. It's impressive in scope, but where does that leave the listener? Possibly with a headache.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58
  1. JasonV.
    Aug 3, 2007
    I think music lovers so respect and revel in Rufus' music, that many of them desperately want to see him reach the level of what the media tells us is great. I'm personally glad he's not Rob Thomas, or Fergie. 40 years from, when the pop mainstream as we currently know it is lumped into a genre of the time, Rufus Wainwright will be noted as a genius and standout, who's work will continue to intrigue and inspire musicians and music lovers for generations to come. I don't think we'll be able to say the same for Maroon 5, but man they sure do know how to get on the charts!!!....who cares? Rufus is one of the greatest composers of our generation...try and enjoy it. Expand
  2. ElizabethA
    May 15, 2007
    Simply amazing. Rufus has definitely done it again.
  3. EdwardR
    May 30, 2007
    As a long-time Rufus fan, this is by far his best CD to date. All 12 tracks are stunning, it has a cohesive whole, and the melodies and hooks are impossible to get out of your head. A fantastic release. Expand
  4. wander
    May 3, 2007
    best album from rufus - great job
  5. joser.r
    May 22, 2007
    It´s very absurd the ratings in your web....This records belongs to more than 80 category. You posh people of the press !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It our new Mozart but you don´t notice. So keep listening Panda Bear and go insane men!!!! Expand
  6. MattD.
    May 22, 2007
    The production is just too much after a while, but his mind is very active, leading to quite a few thrilling moments.
  7. elizag
    May 17, 2007
    big fan of the first four cds; he laid an egg with this one. 2 stars for a few moments with potential--going to a town has a decent hook, but is too strident, sanssouci is melodic but trite, tulsa has some amusing cheekiness to it. been a fan since poses, hoping rufus can finally produce a breakout album and get the widespread acclaim he deserves. this is not that album, tho--too bad. Expand

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