Recorded mostly during the same sessions that produced last year's Want One, Want Two features greater musical and lyrical challenges than its predecessor. After calling for a lamb of God to take away the world's sins on the soaring, theme-establishing opening cut "Agnus Dei," Wainwright reverts to his singer-songwriter side on "The One You Love." He answers fundamentalists with "Gay Messiah," which sweetly heralds the coming of a tube-sock-wearing savior "reborn from Seventies porn," and sings an ode to "The Art Teacher" from the perspective of a woman who marries well but never gets over her first crush. A bonus DVD disc of a concert filmed this year at San Francisco's famed Fillmore presents Wainwright's more direct side; but Want Two proves that droll commentary and ornate piano orchestrations don't exclude you from being a rock star.
(Posted: Dec 15, 2004)
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