by Rufus WainwrightRufus Wainwright


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On "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," the opening track of his stunningly sophisticated sophomore album, Poses, Rufus Wainwright confesses to his indulgences: "Everything it seems I like is a little bit sweeter, a little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me." Set to a seductively simple keyboard vamp that slips into occasionally dissonant chords, the song is as artful as it is amusing, especially when it ends in an ironic flourish with, "So please be kind/ if I'm a mess." Although he is the son of singer-songwriters Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III (Rufus covers one of his father's best-known tunes, "One Man Guy," here), his songs are indulgently theatrical, more suited for the cabaret than the coffee house, and given to sweeping, swooning piano-based melodies and crescendoing string arrangements. The stately, poised title track features witty wordplay worthy of Stephen Sondheim -- "Life is a game and true love is a trophy" -- and lovely background vocals from his sister, Martha Wainwright. Elsewhere, "Shadows," a collaboration with the Propellerheads' Alex Gifford, overlays a sexy funk groove with a string section, while "California" is a shining pop moment masking disillusionment with the state's shiny veneer: "So much to plunder that I think I'll sleep instead." Poses is a remarkable album, one that establishes Rufus Wainwright as one of pop music's most exciting and unique young voices.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
Label: Dreamworks Uk
UPC: 0600445023727
catalogNumber: 450237
Rank: 73372


  1. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
  2. Greek Song
  3. Poses
  4. Shadows
  5. California
  6. The Tower of Learning
  7. Grey Gardens
  8. Rebel Prince
  9. The Consort
  10. One Man Guy
  11. Evil Angel
  12. In a Graveyard
  13. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Piano,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Julianna Raye   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Bernadette Colomine   Background Vocals
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Normand Forget   Oboe
Alex Gifford   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Christine Giguere   Cello
Kevin Hupp   Drums
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Ethan Johns   Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar
Pierre Marchand   Bass,Piano
Greg Wells   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Ashwin Sood   Drums
Damian leGassick   Guitar,Keyboards
Martha Wainwright   Background Vocals
Stéphane Allard   Violin
Yves Desrosiers   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Teddy Thompson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Michael Chaves   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Causon   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,chamberlain,Wurlitzer
Geneviève Beaudry   Violin
Jeff Hill   Bass,Background Vocals
Pete Wilson   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Banghart   Engineer
Alex Gifford   Producer,Engineer
Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Steve Sidelnyk   drum programming
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Greg Wells   Producer
Bryan Martin   Engineer
Damian leGassick   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Rufus Wainwright   String Arrangements,Art Direction
Janet Wolsborn   Art Direction
Dominique Grand   Engineer

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