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Rufus Wainwright is a Canadian American singer and songwriter best known for his pop albums Rufus Wainwright (1998) and Poses (2001).
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With his sophomore effort, Poses (2001), Wainwright expanded on the themes and styles of its predecessor. The characters that populate Wainwright's songs comment self-deprecatingly on their excesses, creating dark comedy without delving into the petty angst that tends to permeate contemporary pop. Although still piano-focused,
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