The piano-pop virtuoso follows up 2010’s spare All Days Are Nights, released in the wake of his mother’s death, with a lush, soul-infused disc produced by retro specialist Mark Ronson. If Out of the Game sounds old-fashioned, Wainwright’s words feel like postcards from now. On the title track, he ponders modern celebrity over a Steely Dan-style shuffle, and he addresses his 1-year-old daughter with characteristic wit on the Long Island-set ”Montauk”: ”One day you will come to Montauk/And see your dad wearing a kimono.” Lucky girl. A-
'GAME' CHANGE Wainwright's piano expertise contributes to this affecting and soulful album (Barry J. Holmes)
Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Rufus Wainwright; Status: In Season; Music Label: Decca
Posted May 3 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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