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Rufus Wainwright - Take All My Loves shows style and invention / The Independant review

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Shakespeare's sonnets are an interpretive minefield for composers, which Rufus Wainwright negotiates quite nimbly on this selection, his first collaboration with producer Marius De Vries since the lush pair of Want albums. There's a keen appreciation of mood and meaning throughout, from the wistful yearning of "A Woman's Face" to the pounding guitar rock of "Unperfect Actor", delivered by Rufus and his sister Martha as if fronting Queens Of The Stone Age, an apt vessel for "some fierce thing replete with too much rage". 

Initially prompted by earlier commissions from Robert Wilson and the San Francisco Symphony, Wainwright's orchestrations provide the base for interpretations by singers such as Florence Welch and most notably Anna Prohaska, often preceded with recitations by actors such as Helena Bonham Carter, Sian Phillips and William Shatner - who delivers an unexpectedly brilliant, gripping account of "Th'Expense Of Spirit In A Waste Of Shame" prior to Prohaska's windswept navigation of the album's most turbulent arrangement.

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