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Tipping the velvet.Rufus Wainwright is almost as famous for the musical dynasty to which he belongs, and for his (homo)sexual and druggy escapades, as for his music, but its fulsome beauty and blowsy fecundity are instantly recognisable. Wainwright’s fifth LP is no less opulent than his others, its dozen new songs so decadently rich it’s like having your ears swaddled in velvet. Strings swoop and sough, Wainwright’s voice (quite weedy, if truth be told) soars with casual grace and sinks with theatrical ennui, while guests – including Richard and Teddy Thompson – make star turns. He’s an acquired taste, perhaps, but a distinctive and extraordinarily talented songwriter.
Rufus Wainwright - Release The Stars, released 21 May 07 on Polydor.
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