Rufus Wainwright

Matthew Welch

With Rufus Wainwright it’s been a hit-and-miss proposition, all this eclectic searching for a style and solid persona. From lushly orchestrated pop balladry to hard-edged, R&B-flavored stuff to contemporary operatic works, the ever-morphing singer-composer-performer has done a little bit of it all in his near two-decade career. On a good night, the Canadian-American son of musicians Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III is at the very least a languid crooner with an indefinably dark sensibility, easily capable of tearing your heart out with complexly layered interpretations of a curiously curated selection of covers and his own finely crafted originals. He’ll favor the former at tonight’s performance, a celebration of fellow Canadian songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen.
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