Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game

21st century take on the 70s singer-songwriter
Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
Having rounded out the first phase of his career with a lavish boxset, Wainwright turned to Mark Ronson to smooth down the flamboyant edges and ensnare the music-buying masses. The result is a surprisingly effective 21st century take on the Seventies singer-songwriter album, with tight band performances from the likes of the Dap-Kings and sympathetic production from the king of the trumpets. ‘Perfect Man’ is a pure pop gem, the feel of which Wainwright has never previously achieved and it is this lesson in restraint which Ronson brings to the table. Although, quite how the bagpipes which wailingly close the album slipped through, is anyone’s guess.

8/10

Words by Gareth James

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