Published Jan 31, 2012We knew that a new Rufus Wainwright album was on the horizon, since the cabaret popsmith previously announced that he was working on a "danceable" LP with producer Mark Ronson. Sure enough, the singer has now unveiled the details of Out of the Game, due out April 23 in the UK through Polydor (with a North American release yet to be confirmed).
In a press release, Wainwright called the 12-song offering "the most pop album I've ever made," and noted that it was inspired by "all the greats -- Elton, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie."
Ronson added, "It's the best work of my career," explaining that it "has a real '70s, Laurel Canyon spirit."
The album was recorded last fall in New York and features the Dap-Kings, Sharon Jones's band who worked with Ronson on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. Other notable guests include Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nels Cline of Wilco, Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, Sean Lennon, and Rufus's sister Martha.
Look for the single "Jericho" to premiere soon. In the meantime, check out the tracklist below.
Out of the Game:
1. "Out of the Game"
5. "Welcome to the Ball"
7. "Bitter Tears"
8. "Respectable Dive"
9. "Perfect Man"
10. "Sometimes You Need"
11. "Song of You"