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Rufus Wainwright - Take All My Loves / Las Vegas Weekly review

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Two new albums-Anohni's Hopelessness and Rufus Wainwright's have have rattled my brain open. Wainwright' s Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets-have slapped me from my comfort zone, like the aural equivalent of the red pill. When I first saw the cover of Wainwright's Take All My Loves-featuring its maker in full Elizabethan drag-I figured he'd finally lost it. As a longtime Wainwright devotee, I'd grown frustrated with the increasingly operatic flourish of his work, often wishing he'd kept his epic ambition in check. Who could've predicted that the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death would inspire his leanest-sounding album in years? Well, as lean as an album incorporating classical arias, German folksong and a sonnet-delivering William Shatner can be. Like Hopelessness, Take All My Loves is a slithering creature I haven't fully grasped yet, but any album that tempts you to read more poetry must be remarkable.

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