Rufus Wainwright - 'Unfollow The Rules'

8/10

Having been a solid addition on the new music landscape since the late 90s, Rufus Wainwright has spent the majority of the last decade exploring new avenues for his music. In 2015, he released his first operatic work 'Prima Donna', before quickly following that up in 2016 with 'Take All My Loves', a collection of nine Shakespearian sonnets that saw him collaborate with numerous actors for the release. So when 'Unfollow The Rules' was first announced, we knew this would be his first record of pop material since his 2012 LP 'Out Of The Game', and from the initial listen, it is clear he has not lost his footing one bit.

While the departure from his usual guise seemed like the beginning of a new chapter in his career, it was obvious that he would want to revert back to his old self at some point, and that is exactly what we get on 'Unfollow The Rules'. Filled with his usual bright and otherworldly aesthetic, this new full-length embarks on a bold and dynamic journey through some of his most captivating work to date. With his gravitas and grandeur laid heavy throughout his new release, we see him return to a fresh and romantically-intwnied individual that still manages to find the grace and majesty in almost anything he looks to pursue.

The last few years may have seen him explore some long-lost passions, but 'Unfollow The Rules' is more of the sound we know him best for. It is stacked high with this sense of simple beauty, not to mention the expertly placed arrangements, which make his return all the more necessary in these uncertain times.

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