Rufus Wainwright
Out of the Game


2.0
poor

Review

by Jacob Royal STAFF
May 25th, 2012 | 20 replies | 3,024 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rufus Wainwright’s out of the game, sure, but if he were comfortable enough in his shoes then this would not be a problem.

Rufus Wainwright could not have possibly picked a better title for his latest album, as he has never really been in the game to begin with. Sure, he has made quite the name for himself over the years, but although his name holds an air of prestige he seemingly does not possess the introspective understanding as is necessary for success. Out of the Game’s cover is a testament to the man’s eccentric style, yet much of the album’s lyrical content is regarding Wainwright not understanding the attention-grabbing tendencies of today’s youth. It is contradictory for a Bowie-influenced musician to be confused at this particular brand of self-advertising, seeing as this is one way that Wainwright has stayed afloat over the years. But this type of swagger has never been a problem for the New York born songwriter until now–even here, most of Out of the Game rolls along easily because of the man’s smooth execution.

Successful execution or not, the lyrics are uncomfortably vapid. “Look at you, suckers!/Does your mama know what you’re doin’?” is a poor main hook of the title-track single, and only serves to age Wainwright beyond what his fans are looking for. If he is looking to alienate his fan base then the even clumsier verses of “Montauk” certainly serve their purpose. “One day you will come to Montauk/and you will see your dad wearing a kimono/and see your other dad pruning roses,” he indifferently croons over a melody that is supposed to be significant. All this lyrical pussyfooting around only spoils the man’s credibility, while what he truly needs is to reassert his mettle. Out of the Game trips more than it triumphs, and various exhausting moments cripple Wainwright and the reputation he so earnestly has worked for.

Oh, how the album certainly falls in some places. “Welcome to the Ball” is an instance of a song that’s bouncy, sure, but in an unsettling way. The cringe-worthy trumpeted bridge does the track no benefits, either. But for the most part, the music to be found here is enjoyable in its own right. As an example, it is apparent that David Bowie had quite an influence. There is a spacey atmosphere that pervades particular tracks like “Montauk”, and it is reminiscent of the flamboyant Ziggy Stardust, over his head with ambition. Wainwright’s voice is exemplary, as well, going from crooning softer tunes to more lively dance anthems. The massive misstep, though, is how the tracks are put together. The groan-inducing “Bitter Tears” is even infuriating, not only because of the obscenely dated frosty-synth utilized but also for how the track meanders.

Much of Out of the Game seems to have little purpose other than perhaps what the title suggests, and this artistic boredom is what prevents Wainwright from gaining more of a following. Even on “Respectable Dive,” maybe the most impressive track on the album, the musician sounds as if he is just doing his job. Going through the motions with a baneful daze. There is no hint of passion and this mechanical mindset obfuscates the album’s purpose in the end. Rufus Wainwright’s out of the game, sure, but if he were comfortable enough in his shoes then this would not be a problem.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2012



9468 Comments


Originally posted at this lovely website: http://www.thealtreview.net/

"Out of the Game" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KvTDeHlIfI&ob=av2e
"Jericho" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Qop641XyM
"Montauk" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAIzPbjpYUk

The less embarrassing moments of this album will soon be playing at a Starbucks near you!

Digging: Koan Sound - Dynasty

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2012



4337 Comments


Great review, Omaha. Have a POS.
Im not too familiar with his music, so i cant really comment on your view of the album. But you describe the music well and you articulate your case quite well. Great job, mate.

wabbit
May 25th 2012



6742 Comments


This guy sucks ass but his dad is fucking incredible

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2012



9468 Comments


Thanks a ton, Paperback :]

Who exactly was his dad, Rabbit?

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
May 25th 2012



1477 Comments


Dammit. His early stuff was pretty class.
Nice review, though. I'll probably avoid this so as to preserve memories of better times.

wabbit
May 25th 2012



6742 Comments


loudon wainwright

youtube "motel blues" by him.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
May 26th 2012



1477 Comments


Loudon's a better songwriter overall - but Rufus has the voice.

Cells
May 26th 2012



1875 Comments


swaggin

balcaen
May 26th 2012



3183 Comments


2.0? bummer. this guy has a lot of talent but is sometimes pretty misguided in direction imo

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012



4337 Comments


Congrats on the feature, Omaha!

GhettoHmbrglr
May 26th 2012



529 Comments


Cool review. Won't check out.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2012



9468 Comments


Thanks guys ^_^

This album is as dated as its artwork. Wainwright seems to want to be part of a different era, one where his blemishes aren't quite as obvious

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2012



9468 Comments


Can see why she's your ex.

Activista anti-MTV
May 27th 2012



3134 Comments


not good

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 28th 2012



4830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

who cares about lyrics :-/ -- lol also my ex loves this guy

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2012



9468 Comments


If the lyrics were indecipherable then we'd have a different story here, but every awkward phrase is out in the open for every listener to cringe through.



Activista anti-MTV
May 28th 2012



3134 Comments


such an awkward song-writer

AtavanHalen
May 28th 2012



17927 Comments


love this guy

want one is so gorgeous

like this a bit but need a few more listens

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2012



9468 Comments


Interesting, let me know how much you like it.

NationalMidnightStar
December 7th 2012



176 Comments


i wanted to enjoy this album but i was so dissapointed



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