Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reasons to Be Cheerful 005

Rufus Wainwright might be the best songwriter in North America. Any time he makes an album, it's an event. In recent years, Wainwright's been pursuing other interests. He released two live documents, one of his Judy Garland tribute show and one from his Release the Stars tour in 2007. He wrote an opera, and was the subject of a documentary film, both entitled Prima Donna.

But on April 20, Wainwright will finally give us his sixth album. It's entitled All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu. It contains three songs based on Shakespeare sonnets, one song that appears to be in French, and a closing track written while watching his mom, the venerable Kate McGarrigle, suffer from cancer. (She died on Jan. 18.) The title's all Shakespearean too - it's from Sonnet 43. And the album includes a song titled "Give Me What I Want and Give It To Me Now!" (Punctuation preserved, of course.)

This already sounds like a winner, full of grand and flowery ideas, and deeply personal emotion. The U.S. gets this thing last - Wainwright's home country of Canada gets it on March 23, almost a month earlier. I may have to do some online border-hopping. A new Wainwright is just that important.

More info here.

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