Poses





Rufus Wainwright's sophomore effort, Poses,makes his impressive debut seem like the creation of someone who really really needed to prove something. Namely, the obvious - that he was plenty talented on his own and didn't need to rely on his parent's famous names (Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle respectively) for entry into the world of respectable musicians. Well, he made his point, and thankfully, his new record seems less burdened by those concerns this time around. Poses is a much more focused and coherent outing, while still displaying his knack for melodies and clever (in the good sense of the word) lyrics. He even tips his hat (albeit ironically) to his dear old dad, covering the elder's song, One Man Guy - which is about being a chronic loner but allows Rufus to give the old wink wink to his audience about his own homosexuality. The pop-iest track in the bunch is California, in which he skewers the land of big-time spenders and part-time models, and concludes, California, you're such a wonder that I think I'll stay in bed. Yeah, me too, it's perfect music to pull the shades down to.

Rufus Wainwright
Dreamworks Records

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