Rufus Wainright

Rufus Wainright, the son of American folksinger Loudon Wainright III and Kate McGariggle (of McGariggle Sisters fame) strikes a familiar pose o­n this, his second release. The flamboyantly free-spirited and openly gay cabaret/lounge singer-songwriter par extaordinaire, returns to the fore with the release of his second CD, "Poses". Musically, the classically trained pianist and o­ne-time child prodigy mines the same rich sonorous terrain as his self-titled debut. Omnipresent , of course, is the inspired piano playing of Rufus along with the sweet backing vocals of his sister, Martha. Throw in some strings, a smattering of horns, and the sublime production of Pierre Marchand into the mix, and you have a sound that is uniquely grand, from gusts to engagingly bombastic. From the playful opening tune, "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk", to "Poses" with it's catchy world-weary refrain, the young Wainright knows how to build momentum ending with the elegiac "In the Graveyard" before coming full circle with a reprise of "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk". Rufus' eponymous first CD garnered much critical acclaim, and if the breadth and depth of the music and songwriting o­n "Poses"is any indication, this 27 year old troubadour 's musical pedigree is exceeded o­nly by his considerable talent.

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