Want Two

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2004
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 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.
  2. Blender
    60
    The mood is so uniformly droopy it seems to be affecting Wainwright's drowsier-than-ever vocals. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.113]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. RobbieC
    Nov 10, 2007
    6
    Good, but not great. The ugly step-sister of Want One, which was amazing, ostentatious, and honest, this album is simply pretentious. But 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
    9
    Again, a very personnal album. Little Sister, The Art Teacher and Waiting For A Dream are amazing songs. He's voice is simply beautiful 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
    8
    It's like a magical musical mystery journey...I love it.