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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

RELEASE THE STARS

(Geffen)

On his fifth album the gay singer-songwriter reaches new peaks of operatic extravagance. There's an unprecedented Joy to his quipping as orchestrations explode like fireworks over flirtatious lyrics, gushing vocals, and bumblebee melodies. By framing his exhilaration in garishly glided arrangements Wainwrtght heightens his surrealism: This is music for 21st-century cherubs. Download This: "Going to a Town"

THE CLICKS

SNAKEHOUSE

(Silver Label/Tommy Boy)

Generating straightforward rock anguish and unconventional star quality in equal measure, trans man Lucas Silveira fronts a lean, queer Toronto quartet making their radio-ready debut Silveira falls for the wrong girl, gets back up, and sings his bruised heart out as raging guitars rumble and cry. It's a familiar story made new. Download This: "Cry Me a River"

PATRICK WOLF

THE MAGIC POSITION

(Low Altitude)

The latest sexually ambiguous Brit with an international buzz embraces pop's melodies and romanticism but not its instrumental conventions. An enchanted garden of woodwinds, strings, handclaps, horns, and multiple keyboards set an ethereal stage as the flamehaired cutie sobs, swoons, and croons of bluebells. …

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