As his recently released expa/ensive velvet-clad box set House Of Rufus testifies, Mr Wainwright likes doing everything with a great deal of style. In fact, when it comes to style and sophistication, his famed relatives just don’t stand a chance.
It would be hard to choose Rufus’ best tune, but the highly celebrated “Going To A Town” off Release The Stars (2007) certainly comes close. Sung in that luxurious vibrating voice and orchestrated to glorious perfection, this might be his most self-consciously gorgeous song to date. A sumptuous chamber-pop masterpiece; my only complaint is that it was meant to be that way.
This version is live and it is taken from The Henry Rollins TV show.