Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall

In the run-up to Christmas, I reviewed Rufus Wainwright's lavish Judy Garland tribute DVD, wherein he stuck to the setlist of the starlet's famous Carnegie Hall shows to deliver a showstopping performance at, erm, the London Palladium. It seems strange that the DVD was shot here in the UK when, in fact, Rufus himself took to the Carnegie Hall stage during the tour of his Judy show. This double CD aims to put this faux pas right, showcasing one of his two performances at Carnegie last summer.

I won't retread the same ground again, as this CD (aside from some omissions in the tracklisting) is pretty much identical to the DVD, even down to the cute anecdotes that highlight his showman qualities. I will say, however, that the benefit of a CD is that it really draws one's attention to the majesty and technical complexity of Wainwright's voice, making the slowies soar and the big band numbers swing. As with the DVD, it might lead to you feeling overstuffed if you listen to it all in one go but there are highlights aplenty, not least the stunning Martha Wainwright contribution Stormy Weather.

To be quite honest, although this is clearly an achievement, I'm a bit bored of the whole Judy schtick now. With no new material scheduled for the near future, what with Rufus dedicating his time to writing an opera, this will do. His own back catalogue will certainly be filling the gaps more than this, though.



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