Being a Rufus Wainwright fan means, in a lot of ways, sitting back, going along for the ride and trusting that the guy at the helm is going to steer the ship somewhere interesting.
In the past, that’s meant Judy Garland tribute concerts and full-scale operas as much as it’s meant some of the best pop singer-songwriter albums released this young century. His current outing, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, is indeed an album setting The Bard’s poems to music in celebration of his 400th anniversary. So while it’s a safe bet we won’t hear any snappy gems like “The One You Love” or “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” on here, nor burning ballads like “Jericho” or “I Don’t Know What It Is,” there is a formidable guest list of collaborators involved. To name a few names: William Shatner, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, Wainwright’s sister Martha, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine – and that’s in addition to names from the theatrical / opera world that might not be as easily recognizable to Wainwright’s pop fans (Anna Prohaska, Fiora Cutler, Christopher Nell).
A snippet of the song with Florence, “When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Sonnet 29),” leaked today, per Pitchfork — give it a listen below. Take All My Loves is out April 22nd via Deutsche Grammophon; get more information on the release here.
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