Release the Stars Last summer, in a rave-reviewed show, Rufus Wainwright channeled Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, and now he's writing an opera. His ambitions, it seems, are… Release the Stars Last summer, in a rave-reviewed show, Rufus Wainwright channeled Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, and now he's writing an opera. His ambitions, it seems, are… 2007-05-15 Rufus Wainwright Pop
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Release the Stars (2007)

Rufus Wainwright | RAISING THE RUFUS Wainwright reaches for the Stars on his new CD, with all sorts of bells and whistles competing with the undeniable melodies
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RAISING THE RUFUS Wainwright reaches for the Stars on his new CD, with all sorts of bells and whistles competing with the undeniable melodies
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 15, 2007; Lead Performance: Rufus Wainwright; Genre: Pop

Last summer, in a rave-reviewed show, Rufus Wainwright channeled Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, and now he's writing an opera. His ambitions, it seems, are increasingly outsize, and on Release the Stars, his fifth studio album, it feels like a mere pop album can't contain him. Alas, adorned with more strings, horns, choirs, and piccolo flute (!) than ever, his melodies — and what melodies they are — are drowned out by the bombast (see: the syrupy ''Nobody's Off the Hook''). But he still yearns more beautifully than anyone.

Originally posted May 09, 2007 Published in issue #934 May 18, 2007 Order article reprints
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