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Milwaukee at Last (Helicon)
Released in the latter part of 2009 as a companion piece to a concert DVD, Rufus Wainwright's live album Milwaukee at Last provides a taste of the wildly varied talents the American singer-songwriter possesses.
The 10 songs offered - most of which are from his last studio album, Release the Stars - evoke a smoky, cabaret setting, while running the gamut from the hit pop of "Going to a Town" to the sweeping rendition of Noel Coward's "If Love Were All."
While he tends to go overboard with the theatrics on the too-long "Not Ready for Love/Slideshow" medley, Wainwright reins in his bombastic tendencies elsewhere.
Despite snubbing Wainwright's rich body of past work, the album is a vivid snapshot of where the versatile and gifted performer is right now. If you're looking for a career overview, it would be better to pick up all of Wainwright's albums - you won't be disappointed.