Rufus Wainwright: Mark O'Flaherty/ Camera Press/ Retna
David Browne
November 19, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Want Two

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rufus Wainwright
Producers
Geffen

We gave it a B

It didn’t seem possible, but Rufus Wainwright gets more florid and over-the-top with each new album. The orchestrated, daydreamy ballads on his fourth CD, Want Two are like soundtracks to modern Fellini films, and their flamboyance sometimes gets the better of him. Wainwright is stronger when he’s grounded, as in the rocking (for him) ”The One You Love” and the ruefully simple ”This Love Affair.” For an extra dose, an attached DVD features live performances of these and earlier songs.

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