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Rufus Wainwright - Take All My Loves / The Telegraph review

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"If music be the food of love, play on,/ Give me excess of it," commands Duke Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. And to celebrate today's 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Rufus Wainwright has obliged, decking out a selection of sonnets in a dazzling array of musical genres from high opera, through grungey rock, sweet Seventies pop, minimalist piano ballads, world trance and Berlin cabaret. Those who have always found the Canadian singer-songwriter's baroque pop over-egged and theatrical must suspect this is the album which will clinch their argument. Even as a fan, I read the list of contributors with a mixture of excitement and concern: Siân Phillips, Florence Welch, Carrie Fisher, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Eyre and – yikes! – William Shatner? Had Wainwright boldly gone too far this time?

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