Unfollow the Rules

Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow the Rules
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #189 / 672
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2020 Ratings: #538
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July 10, 2020 / Release Date
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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.
Doofy
77
Sensitive Neagen
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
josecarloslopes
21
Favorite tracks : PEACEFUL AFTERNOON and EARLY MORNING MADNESS.
HeyLeo
70
"However, is Unfollow the Rules really Rufus’ masterpiece? Well, no, it is not and it is far from being. Fortunately, we can also say that Unfollow the Rules is by far not his worst album. Of course, this album is not the same as what Graceland was for Simon, what The Future was for Cohen and much less what “Hamlet” was for Shakespeare, however, still, it has countless positive points. Wainwright’s writing here reaches a complex level—he manages to write ... read more
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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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