Unfollow the Rules

Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow the Rules
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #228 / 809
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2020 Ratings: #417
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut
Unfollow the Rules is a spectacular return to the tower of song and the game he plays best.
90
musicOMH

Across the 12 songs here, we experience some of the finest moments of his career to date.

90
Clash

In Froom’s expert hands, ‘Unfollow The Rules’ feels like a gentle stroll through the various stages of Rufus’s career; far from creating the impression of Rufus covering his own back catalogue, the effect is like a timely reminder of everything that’s wonderful about Wainwright.

80
Record Collector

Wainwright has returned with a generous and positive record that suggests a more mature, philosophical perspective, thankfully without losing his impish sense of humour and taste for lavish arrangements.

80
Q Magazine
The kind of flourishing confidence of an artist recording at the peak of their powers.
80
The Arts Desk

To coin a phrase, Unfollow the Rules, like Wainwright himself, contains multitudes.

80
Exclaim!

The burst of energy on Unfollow the Rules might come as a surprise, but perhaps not an inexplicable one; the energy once spent blazing the trail forward is now spent dancing in place.

80
The Independent

Unfollow the Rules is full of Wainwright’s trademark flair, with lush, symphonic arrangements set next to stripped-down piano ballads.

80
AllMusic

While intended to hark back to the debut, at least in subtle ways, Wainwright's growth as a composer/arranger and his experiences in the classical realm are apparent here.

80
Mojo

It is a relief to see Wainwright honouring his formidable songwriting talents with songs as luscious as those on Poses or Want One.

80
The Observer

Wainwright’s 10th studio album is a lush, engaging study in domestic bliss.

80
The Telegraph
A straight-ahead album of gorgeous, elaborate, amusing and affecting songs.
80
The Young Folks
The openness with which Wainwright writes and sings makes every song compelling and somehow relatable.
75
Northern Transmissions
Unfollow the Rules is a fine balancing act between Wainwright’s operatic impulses and sense of minimalism. Either way he leans, his songwriting is as finessed and fine-tuned as ever.
70
Loud and Quiet
Although unlikely to win him new fans, the album does cement his reputation as a musician willing to bend the rules.
70
The Sydney Morning Herald

He remains ... one of the greats, and this is a smooth transition into the depths of midlife.

70
Gigwise
Think of it not as Wainwright at his most accessible, but rather, as Wainwright at his most refined.
70
Spectrum Culture
With his ninth album, Rufus Wainwright explores the complexity of human emotions, and it’s all held together by his penchant for quiet individuality.
70
God Is in the TV

It feels like with Unfollow The Rules, Rufus should follow his own advice – the album falls short most when it’s reaching for something – and it’s at its most self-assured and sincere when he isn’t trying too hard.

69
Pitchfork

Rufus Wainwright’s first original album in eight years isn’t so much a reinvention as an opulently crafted highlight reel, a career-spanning sampler of the singer’s many styles and guises.

60
Rolling Stone
It comes with all of the good and bad that comes with stage drama.
A1t3rTheFreak
79
before i start...
i'd like to highlight that this was robbed at the Grammys
a tragedy and most heinous crime indeed.

anyway...

this was definitely an interesting experience...

so, i'm completely new to Rufus Wainwright.
i only recently learned of him when someone called him a really great vocalist and having heard this album, it's not hard to see why.

also anyone who is in any way related to Shrek, i immediately kinda like them.

vocals aren't the only thing he has to offer ... read more
depechemode4lif
80
The singer-songwriter's ninth studio album of original material is his first albums of original material since 2012's Out of the Game. Rufus tackles subject matter ranging from political commentary to growing older and does it in the most engaging way possible. Vocally, the more mature Rufus sounds as good, if not better then he sounded in the past.
TommyCook
84
All of the best elements of Cat Stevens, Elton John, George Harrison, and Queen smashed together to form a sound that feels classic but not antiquated
Doofy
77
Sensitive Neagen
97
Beautiful and Georgeous his vocals are stunning and that chamber pop production is immaculate. I love this record and it's one of the best of the year
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Track List

  1. Trouble In Paradise
  2. Damsel In Distress
  3. Unfollow the Rules
  4. You Ain't Big
  5. Romantical Man
  6. Peaceful Afternoon
  7. Only the People That Love
  8. This One's For the Ladies (THAT LUNGE!)
  9. My Little You
  10. Early Morning Madness
  11. Devils And Angels (Hatred)
  12. Alone Time
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Added on: March 2, 2020