Want One (2003) Wainwright's third CD is a gorgeous meditation on emotional displacement, on finding yourself adrift when you want to love and be loved. It's a three-hankie… 2003-09-23 Rufus Wainwright
Music Review

Want One (2003)

Rufus Wainwright
Image credit: Rufus Wainwright: Steven Dewall / Retna
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; Lead Performance: Rufus Wainwright

Wainwright's third CD is a gorgeous meditation on emotional displacement, on finding yourself adrift when you want to love and be loved. It's a three-hankie weepie, for sure, floating along on a velvet cushion of strings and sensual, bruised vocals. His clever, gently ironic wordplay (''my phone's on vibrate for you,'' for example) allows the sentiment to get over; in less gifted hands, this material would just be mawkish muck. If Sondheim had been reared on old Van Dyke Parks records, he might sound like this.

Originally posted Sep 26, 2003 Published in issue #730 Sep 26, 2003 Order article reprints