Want One - Rufus Wainwright
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  • Summary: The Canadian singer-songwriter worked with producer Marius deVries (Björk, Massive Attack) for this third LP, which is actually the first half of what was originally planned as a double album ('Want Two' will instead arrive next year).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. If Sondheim had been reared on old Van Dyke Parks records, he might sound like this. [26 Sep 2003, p.94]
  2. The musical scope is breathtaking. [Dec 2003, p.139]
  3. More scattered than his past works, Wainwright's skills bubble to the surface here only after repeated listens.
  4. Painful as the backstory gets, the work itself remains lovely and luxuriant.
  5. Wainwright’s powers of observation recall both Morrissey and Cole Porter.
  6. Want One matches the eclecticism of Poses and his eponymous debut, but suffers from a lack of memorable songs.
  7. All but a couple of tracks here are dipped in the melodramatically thick strings of the opener- and the sum result is that it’s almost too much to take the whole LP in one sitting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29