Release date
6 Mar 2007
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Agnus Dei 5:45 49,035
2 The One You Love 3:45 78,049
3 Peach Trees 5:58 51,691
4 Little Sister 3:20 50,814
5 The Art Teacher 3:51 64,211
6 Hometown Waltz 2:30 45,792
7 This Love Affair 3:13 50,322
8 Gay Messiah 3:15 56,612
9 Memphis Skyline 4:51 43,676
10 Waiting For A Dream 4:14 42,971
11 Crumb by Crumb 4:11 41,779
12 Old Whore's Diet 8:55 25,817

About this album

Want Two is the fourth album by Rufus Wainwright. The album was released on November 16, . Four of the tracks on this album were released in the summer of 2004 as the Waiting for a Want on the iTunes music store.

Want Two is, according to Wainwright, the darker sibling of ’s Want One - its subject matter concerned with “the world we live in” (RW Geffen Bio) after Want One’s focus on the intensely personal. The artist’s song selections here show his range to be broad, veering from (Peach Trees) to ballad (This Love Affair), sophisticated (The One You Love) to third person/first person narrative lament (The Art Teacher), personal tongue in cheek manifesto (Gay Messiah), to classical pop hybrid (Memphis Skyline) and songs beyond category. Agnus Dei is used in the trailer for the film Trade.

Mother Kate McGarrigle and aunt Anna McGarrigle both perform and sing on Hometown Waltz. Antony Hegarty of Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons sings lead vocal alongside Wainwright on Old Whore’s Diet. The initial UK version of the record contains bonus live tracks, Coeur de Parisienne - Reprise d’Arletty and Quand Vous Mourez de nos Amours (written by French Canadian songwriter Gilles Vigneault).

Professional Reviews
★★★★☆ - AllMusic
★★★★☆ - The Guardian
★★★★☆ - Rolling Stone
★★★☆☆ - Blender
★★★☆☆ - Pitchfork
B- - Robert Christgau

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