Want Two - Rufus Wainwright

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Demanding and artful, he just may be this generation's Joni Mitchell. [5 Dec 2004]
  2. Showcas[es] Rufus as one of, if not the best songwriters of his generation. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
  3. 'Want Two' is simply in a league of its own.
  4. 90
    More, and even better, of the same--one of the dead-cert Albums Of The Year. [Album of the Month, Apr 2005, p.96]
  5. Another broadsheet rock critic waxing rhapsodic may be the last thing Wainwright needs, but here goes: Want Two is a stunning album.
  6. A bold, brave, and beautiful record.
  7. 80
    A little too much. [Apr 2005, p.90]
  8. It's more focused than Want One and as such packs more of wallop both musically and emotionally.
  9. Want Two isn't an immediate album, but what it lacks in pop hooks in makes up for in ambition. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  10. Wainwright's fanciful songs about love and faith place him in the rarefied company of Bjork and Brian Wilson, whose audacious Medulla and SMiLE his album most resembles.
  11. It didn't seem possible, but Wainwright gets more florid and over-the-top with each new album. [19 Nov 2004, p.82]
  12. Two is his most highbrow effort yet.
  13. Want Two disposes of almost all of the commercial elements that had been blamed for One's downfall without revealing a satisfying work in the process.
  14. His voice is beautiful, his phrasing adventurous and his arrangements intense.... But the material could stand a bit of pruning
  15. The songs that are good are amazing, but the songs that aren’t quite as good could end up being skipped over, which is a shame, seeing as how there isn’t a bad song, per se, on the album.
  16. A quieter, more intimate, and more demanding set than its predecessor, Want Two offers few of Want One's sweeping pleasures, but it cultivates a creeping beauty that's as satisfying in its own right.
  17. Want Two is a serviceable collection of songs that glimmer with Wainwright's former élan, but still wants for that old intimacy.
  18. This is too classical, too romantic, and too I-yam-what-I-yam all at once.
  19. 67
    Sounds like the morning after, confused and calm all at once. [Jan 2005, p.100]
  20. What niggles is that many of the songs aren’t whole enough or, if we’re honest (and it’s hard because he’s just so darn loveable and charming), good enough for an album. Even superior compositions like “Art Teacher” suffer under this record’s careless construction.
  21. Watching such an undeniably talented artist blindly follow such an errant muse can be endlessly compelling, and the failure of these two albums to capture his visions and ambitions with any adequacy possesses the pull of true tragedy.
  22. 60
    The mood is so uniformly droopy it seems to be affecting Wainwright's drowsier-than-ever vocals. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.113]
  23. Certainly Want Two is the weaker and less tuneful of the siblings, strings, horns, pipes and choirs distracting attention from the occasionally dirgey and indulgent (but still grandiose) melodies.
  24. Where Want One emphasized his ability to soar, Want Two drowns him in costumes; his range actually sounds restricted when you hear the same droopy-lidded croon against such varying backdrops.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. RobbieC
    Nov 10, 2007
    Good, but not great. The ugly step-sister of Want One, which was amazing, ostentatious, and honest, this album is simply pretentious. But still sometimes good. Full Review »
  2. PhilippeD
    Jul 24, 2007
    Again, a very personnal album. Little Sister, The Art Teacher and Waiting For A Dream are amazing songs. He's voice is simply beautiful and he sounds like nobody else. Keep making those albums Rufus. Full Review »
  3. AliceAlice
    Mar 3, 2007
    It's like a magical musical mystery journey...I love it.