Album: Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game (Polydor)


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Mark Ronson produces, which guarantees the levels of sympathy and lush texturing so essential to Rufus's songwriting style and also, no doubt, confers the required in-studio atmosphere of extra-specialness.

This is jouncey, mostly R&B-derived pop with a keen ear for what supports a melody. It's good. And while everything is aestheticised to the hilt, there's nothing actually wrong with treating a pop album as an art gallery.