Out of the Game

Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2012 Ratings: #448 / 1047
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
Liked by 1 person
May 1, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Decca / Label
Folk / Genres
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A.V. Club

Wainwright varies his approach from track to track on Out Of The Game, but generally works in a more laid-back singer-songwriter mode than he ever has before.


What befits Out Of The Game so well is Wainwright's keen sense of essential pop melody that flows throughout the production. 

Consequence of Sound

On his seventh studio release, Rufus Wainwright’s got nothing left to prove to anybody, yet he proves it anyway.


While it's a welcome update to his sound, Game isn't a straight genre exercise either.

Everything that once made Wainwright such an interesting a talented writer, arranger & performer has been pushed aside here in his desperate pursuit of the radio play that has evidently frustratingly eluded him throughout his career. The MOR approach on Out Of The Game may start to earn him said play, but it's lost him one formerly avid fan in me, too. He has such a unique voice (that, ok, isn't everyone's cup of tea) but it just doesn't really suit the musical stylings ... read more
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Track List

  1. Out Of The Game 
  2. Jericho 
  3. Rashida 
  4. Barbara 
  5. Welcome To The Ball 
  6. Montauk 
  7. Bitter Tears 
  8. Respectable Dive 
  9. Perfect Man 
  10. Sometimes You Need 
  11. Song Of You 
  12. Candles
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Added on: April 19, 2012