Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Drop the Shades, Rufus, Your Songs Shine Through

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Drop the Shades, Rufus, Your Songs Shine Through

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Lyceum, WC2 IF YOU believe his interviews, Rufus Wainwright, lover of opera and Judy Garland, is currently having a stab at being a pop star. The Canadian singer has long known how to make an entrance. He opened last night's show with Candles, performed in darkness save for a few of the song's subject matter, before the lights burst on to reveal him in tails and red sunglasses.

In truth, despite the involvement of star producer Mark Ronson in his new album Out Of The Game, at 38 Wainwright is an odd fit for the hit parade. He danced awkwardly, those shades didn't stay on for long, and the ticktocking electropop of Bitter Tears was closer to the sound of lifelong eccentrics Sparks than anything contemporary. He seemed more comfortable as a piano man, taking on gorgeous oldies Poses and The Art Teacher solo.

In the rest of his new material, however, he has found a warm, light sound that puts melody at the forefront and plays down much of his past ostentatiousness. …

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