12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Assisted by hitmaker Mark Ronson, the taciturn crooner abandons his struggle for stardom in the opening track of this fine and thoughtful soft-rock experiment. While the wildly orchestral "Welcome to the Ball" recalls Wainwright's musically florid days, "Bitter Tears" waxes lachrymose with pipe organ. "Rashida" rocks with the Dap-Kings horn section, and "Montauk" imagines a future family scenario that Rufus' ironic songwriting father, Loudon, might have conceived, albeit with different gender roles.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Assisted by hitmaker Mark Ronson, the taciturn crooner abandons his struggle for stardom in the opening track of this fine and thoughtful soft-rock experiment. While the wildly orchestral "Welcome to the Ball" recalls Wainwright's musically florid days, "Bitter Tears" waxes lachrymose with pipe organ. "Rashida" rocks with the Dap-Kings horn section, and "Montauk" imagines a future family scenario that Rufus' ironic songwriting father, Loudon, might have conceived, albeit with different gender roles.

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