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Single Review: Rufus Wainwright – Out of the Game

 
By on Thursday, 12th April 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

One thing is for sure, this boy has some serious connections in the absolute right places! Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t just appear in music videos willy-nilly. It’s not in the league of Christopher Walken flying around and dancing for Fatboy Slim, but it’s highly impressive nonetheless, I mean she was in Harry Potter! How cool is that! HARRY FREAKIN’ POTTER.

But more to the point. Rufus Wainwright’s new song ‘Out of the Game,’ is well very Rufus Wainwright. It’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary and is that a bad thing. Well why no. No, it isn’t. It starts with a noodling bout of whammy guitars and carries on in much the same fashion. Wainright’s skills as a vocalist and a spinner of words are still there it seems: “I’m out of the game, I’ve been out for a long time now / I’m looking for something / Can’t be found on the main drain, no.”

It’s a simple song, with a hook boosted by a humble backing chorus, and in its simplicity so lies its appeal. Nothing over the top, no synths. Just a man, a guitar and an extremely good voice. There is the appeal of Rufus Wainright there: no costumes no pretentiousness, just some good uplifting music that pushes all the right buttons.

The production is of course razor sharply done by Mark Ronson who has given it that little touch of effortless cool which Ronson seems to be able to do on any record he is involved with. All in all another solid effort from a man who is slowly turning into a veteran of this scene.

7/10

‘Out of the Game’, the new single from Rufus Wainwright, is out next Monday (16th of April) on Polydor. The album of the same name drops a week later (23rd of April).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KvTDeHlIfI[/youtube]

 

Rufus Wainwright / April 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 4th January 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Rufus Wainwright has announced a string of 2010 UK Tour dates.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £20 and £45 each. Catch Rufus at:

Tuesday 13th April 2010 – London, Sadler’s Wells
Thursday 15th April 2010 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Friday 16th April 2010 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Saturday 17th April 2010 – Sheffield, City Hall
Monday 19th April 2010 – Gateshead, The Sage
Tuesday 20th April 2010 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Thursday 22nd April 2010 – Manchester, Apollo
Friday 23rd April 2010 – Bristol, Colston Hall
Sunday 25th April 2010 – Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Monday 26th April 2010 – Oxford, New Theatre
Thursday 29th April 2010 – Ipswich, Regent Theatre

 

Rufus Wainwright / October / Tour

 
By on Monday, 25th June 2007 at 7:36 pm
 

Rufus WainwrightEveryone’s favourite pop-opera guy Rufus Wainwright has announced a tour in October (well, lets face it, who hasn’t announced an October tour??). He plays:

Saturday 13 October – Gateshead The Sage
Wednesday 17 October – Liverpool Philharmonic
Thursday 18 October – Manchester Apollo
Friday 19 October – Sheffield City Hall
Sunday 21 October – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 22 October – Cardiff Millennium Centre
Thursday 25 October – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 27 October – Harrogate International Centre
Tuesday 30 October – London Apollo Hammersmith

Tickets are 9am Friday.

Photo taken from Stinco di Porco’s flickr stream.

 

Rufus Wainwright

 
By on Sunday, 13th May 2007 at 8:46 pm
 

Rufus Wainwright - Release The Stars album coverEpic and beautifully orchestrated, dark at times and playful at others, Rufus Wainwright’s fifth studio album “Release the Stars” is further proof of how he deserves his burgeoning popularity. However, if his voice irritated you in the first place (like me), or you prefer his covers to his original songs, this is most certainly not your sort of album. For lack of better albums (that I’m aware of on a very quick scoot through Amazon), this is my album of the week.

I can recognise that Rufus is a one-in-a-million talent, and that this album is his best one to date, however personally I’m not a big fan. His voice grates against me, and I find him whiney at times, but that shouldn’t detract from his skill. My boredom is another’s excitement, and vice versa.

Opening with “Do I Disappoint You?” it conjures up imagery of a fantastically vivid stage show journeying through a jungle, such is the vibrancy of it, with full orchestral sounds evolving slowly.

“Between My Legs” is my personal highlight of the album, joking, camp, livelier than many of the other numbers and quite possibly one of the most chart friendly songs on the album.

“Not Ready to Love” is one of the most melancholic songs since Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’, slowly moving into “Slideshow” which brings the tempo up again.

Overall, a mixed bag for me – genius and innovative, yet grating and a bit too classical for my liking, Rufus is undoubtedly back with a big (camp) bang, but don’t expect me to be going to see him live. Great, but not for me.

 

Eden Sessions

 
By on Friday, 20th April 2007 at 7:23 pm
 

The ever brilliant Eden Sessions have been announced, featuring many of this years biggest acts. The sessions have been moved forward from throughout August to now throughout July, which probably won’t make much difference to most people.

Monday July 2nd – James Morrison
Tuesday July 10th – Rufus Wainwright
Tuesday July 17th – Amy Winehouse
Wednesday July 18th – Lily Allen
Saturday July 21st – Bright Eyes
Sunday July 22nd – Pet Shop Boys

None of the bands are particuarly shite, but there aren’t any that I’d make the effort to drive for four hours for.

Tickets are on sale for all dates now, with the exception of Pet Shop Boys who go on sale at 6pm on next Tuesday, April 24th.

 

New dates for The Bravery, Damien Rice, McFly, Rufus Wainwright and Thirteen Senses

 
By on Friday, 13th April 2007 at 4:56 pm
 

Wow, a busy ticket related day.

First up, The Bravery return to play:

LIVERPOOL Carling Academy – Tues 10 July
NEWCASTLE Carling Academy – Wed 11 July
BIRMINGHAM Academy – Mon 16 July
CAMDEN LONDON The Electric Ballroom – Tues 17 July
BRIGHTON Concorde – Wed 25 July

Tickets on sale 9am Monday 16th April

Damien Rice adds four new summer dates to his tour dates. These are all on sale now from here.

New Theatre Oxford – Thursday 21/06/2007
Reading Hexagon – Tuesday 10/07/2007
Carling Academy Bristol – Wednesday 11/07/2007
Brighton Dome – Saturday 14/07/2007

These are on top of the already announced dates in October at:
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Monday 01/10/2007
Birmingham National Indoor Arena – Tuesday 02/10/2007
Glasgow S.E.C.C. – Thursday 04/10/2007
Nottingham Arena – Friday 05/10/2007
Wembley Arena – Saturday 06/10/2007
Plymouth Pavilions – Monday08/10/2007
Bournemouth Int’nl Centre – Tuesday 09/10/2007
Manchester Evening News Arena – Thursday 11/10/2007
Cardiff International Arena – Friday12/10/2007

McFly add another date to their theatre tour, on sale on Saturday 14th April at 10am

LONDON Astoria – Thurs 8 May

Rufus Wainwright has added another date to his Residency at London’s Old Vic theatre. He’ll now play Sunday 27th May , Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, Thursday 31st and Friday 1st June. Tickets on sale here.

Thirteen Senses have announced a mini-tour in mid-May, allh of which are on sale now from here. They’ll play:

SOUTHAMPTON Joiners – Mon 14 May
NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms – Tues 15 May
LONDON KCLSU – Wed 16 May
NORTHAMPTON The Soundhaus – Fri 18 May
BIRMINGHAM Bar Academy (Dale End) – Sat 19th May.

 
 
 

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