Release The Stars - Rufus Wainwright
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Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

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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. Apr 7, 2012
    7
    Altogether it's a good & enjoyable effort -- and a welcome end to the Want One's & Two's! As Rufus sings "I'm tired of writing elegies to boredom!"

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