Barry J. Holmes
Mikael Wood
May 03, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Out of the Game

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rufus Wainwright
music label
81281
genre
Pop

We gave it an A-

The piano-pop virtuoso follows up 2010’s spare All Days Are Nights, released in the wake of his mother’s death, with a lush, soul-infused disc produced by retro specialist Mark Ronson. If Out of the Game sounds old-fashioned, Wainwright’s words feel like postcards from now. On the title track, he ponders modern celebrity over a Steely Dan-style shuffle, and he addresses his 1-year-old daughter with characteristic wit on the Long Island-set ”Montauk”: ”One day you will come to Montauk/And see your dad wearing a kimono.” Lucky girl. A-

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