Want Two

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Want Two
Studio album by Rufus Wainwright
Released November 16, 2004
Recorded Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, NYC; also London
Genre Baroque pop,[1] alternative rock[2]
Length 54:08
Label Geffen
Producer Marius De Vries
Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright chronology
Want One
(2003)
Want Two
(2004)
Release the Stars
(2007)
Singles from Want Two
  1. "The One You Love"
    Released: February 28, 2005 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
musicOMH.com (positive)[6]
Robert Christgau B−[7]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]

Want Two is the fourth album by American-Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The album was released on November 16, 2004. Four of the tracks on this album were released in the summer of 2004 as the EP Waiting for a Want on the iTunes music store.

Want Two is, according to Wainwright, the darker sibling of 2003's Want One - its subject matter concerned with "the world we live in" (RW Geffen Bio) after Want One's focus on the intensely personal. The artist's song selections here show his range to be broad, veering from romantic ballad ("Peach Trees") to tragic ballad ("This Love Affair"), sophisticated pop ("The One You Love") to third person/first person narrative lament ("The Art Teacher"), personal tongue in cheek manifesto ("Gay Messiah"), to a classical pop hybrid written about Jeff Buckley ("Memphis Skyline") and songs beyond category. "Agnus Dei" is used in the trailer for the 2007 film Trade.

Mother Kate McGarrigle and aunt Anna (McGarrigle) both perform and sing on "Hometown Waltz". Antony Hegarty of 2005 Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons sings lead vocal alongside Wainwright on "Old Whore's Diet". The initial UK version of the record contains bonus live tracks, "Coeur de Parisienne - Reprise d'Arletty" and "Quand vous mourrez de nos amours" (written by French Canadian songwriter Gilles Vigneault).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Agnus Dei" – 5:45
  2. "The One You Love" – 3:44
  3. "Peach Trees" – 5:59
  4. "Little Sister" – 3:22
  5. "The Art Teacher" – 3:51
  6. "Hometown Waltz" – 2:33
  7. "This Love Affair" – 3:13
  8. "Gay Messiah" – 3:14
  9. "Memphis Skyline" – 4:51
  10. "Waiting for a Dream" – 4:14
  11. "Crumb by Crumb" – 4:13
  12. "Old Whore's Diet" – 9:09

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Coeur de Parisienne — Reprise d'Arletty" (live) (UK & EU bonus track) – 2:46
  2. "Quand vous mourrez de nos amours" (live) (UK bonus track) – 3.23
  3. "Chelsea Hotel, No. 2" (live) (bonus track on Want) – 3:47
  4. "In with the Ladies" (bonus track on Want) – 3:52

Live at the Fillmore DVD[edit]

  1. "DVD Intro" – 1:26
  2. "L'Absence" – 4:00
  3. "14th Street" – 4:33
  4. "Harvester of Hearts" – 2:41
  5. "Natasha" – 3:24
  6. "The Art Teacher" – 3:34
  7. "Hallelujah" – 4:22
  8. "Matinee Idol" – 2:58
  9. "Vibrate" – 3:17
  10. "Gay Messiah" – 4:17
  11. "Want" – 5:27
  12. "Greek Song" – 3:52
  13. "Foolish Love" – 5:35
  14. "I Don't Know What It Is" – 5:40
  15. "Dinner at Eight" – 5:00
  16. "Beautiful Child" – 6:28
  17. "Oh What a World" – 4:13
  18. "Liberty Cabbage" – 4:56
  19. "California" – 3:28
  20. "As in Happy" – 3:40
  21. "DVD Credits" – 1:35

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
French Album Chart[10] 160
Netherlands Album Chart[11] 68
Portuguese Album Chart[12] 30
UK Albums Chart[13] 21
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 103

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2005 Want Two GLAAD Media Award - Outstanding Music Artist Nominated
Juno Award - Adult Alternative Album of the Year Nominated

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