Rufus Wainwright - All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu

A sparse but staggeringly heartfelt collection
Rufus Wainwright - All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
Never one to hide his emotions previously, Rufus Wainwright offers a sparse but staggeringly heartfelt collection of songs for voice and piano, influenced, at least in part, by the long-term illness and recent passing of his mother. After the suffocating arrangements that dogged parts of his last album, the relative simplicity is welcome.

While three Shakespearean sonnets set to music are successful without being showy, Wainwright saves the very best till last. Lyrically, album closer ‘Zebulon’ is endearingly direct, “My mother's in the hospital, my sister's at the opera, I'm in love, but let's not talk about it,” and home to his best vocal performance to date.

8/10

Words by Gareth James

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