Single Review: Rufus Wainwright – Out of the Game

By on Thursday, 12th April 2012 at 12:00 pm

One thing is for sure, this boy has some serious connections in the absolute right places! Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t just appear in music videos willy-nilly. It’s not in the league of Christopher Walken flying around and dancing for Fatboy Slim, but it’s highly impressive nonetheless, I mean she was in Harry Potter! How cool is that! HARRY FREAKIN’ POTTER.

But more to the point. Rufus Wainwright’s new song ‘Out of the Game,’ is well very Rufus Wainwright. It’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary and is that a bad thing. Well why no. No, it isn’t. It starts with a noodling bout of whammy guitars and carries on in much the same fashion. Wainright’s skills as a vocalist and a spinner of words are still there it seems: “I’m out of the game, I’ve been out for a long time now / I’m looking for something / Can’t be found on the main drain, no.”

It’s a simple song, with a hook boosted by a humble backing chorus, and in its simplicity so lies its appeal. Nothing over the top, no synths. Just a man, a guitar and an extremely good voice. There is the appeal of Rufus Wainright there: no costumes no pretentiousness, just some good uplifting music that pushes all the right buttons.

The production is of course razor sharply done by Mark Ronson who has given it that little touch of effortless cool which Ronson seems to be able to do on any record he is involved with. All in all another solid effort from a man who is slowly turning into a veteran of this scene.


‘Out of the Game’, the new single from Rufus Wainwright, is out next Monday (16th of April) on Polydor. The album of the same name drops a week later (23rd of April).


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