Stephen Holden on Rufus Wainwright

The NYTimes on the versatile divo: “But the evening’s strongest numbers, in which Mr. Wainwright vigorously accompanied himself, were his own pop songs, the best of which reveal him as a melodic master.

“The Art Teacher,” a first-person short story about a woman’s lifelong passion for an instructor; “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk,” Mr. Wainwright’s seriously witty comment on his tendencies toward addiction; and “Poses,” a young man’s joyfully cheeky acknowledgment of his delight in superficial things like fashion, are great modern pop songs by any standard. Performing them with a robust confidence, Mr. Wainwright was at the top of his game.”

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One Response to Stephen Holden on Rufus Wainwright

  1. Marianne says:

    I saw Rufus here at Strathmore in August, it sounds like the same show. I would agree that his forte is his own songs–they’re honest, quirky, and passionate. His patter was very informal and personal. There’s something about his voice…it bypasses my brain and goes directly to my heart. I especially love this version of “Grey Gardens”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdvne96nrzs

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