On his latest LP Out of the Game, Rufus Wainwright has teamed up with producer-extraordinaire Mark Ronson (he of Amy Winehouse fame) and the result is nothing short of fantastic.  For years Wainwright, with his mournful pitch perfect warble, seemed like he had gotten the short shift with his producers, his voice too reedy on some recordings, too produced others. Ronson too had struggled to make an identifiable mark after his homage to 60’s soul with Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black. The strut is back in both of their steps here as Ronson gives plenty of space for Wainwrights voice to soar and bend in “Out of the Game” while the production flourishes; from the 70’s era Bunsen-burner guitar to David Bowie-esque arranged backing vocals fit perfectly.  Also be sure to check out “Jericho”, a tour de force of an arrangement that wouldn’t have been out of place on an Elton John album.

Out of the Game- Rufus Wainwright

Jericho- Rufus Wainwright 

I had the pleasure of catching Blitzen Trapper play on Friday night at the Royale Nightclub in Boston.  Not only do Blitzen Trapper hold up live , but they’re quite amazing performers of all sorts, even when they strip everything down to the bare bones like they do on this track, “Jericho”.  These pitch perfect harmonies evoke the best of Americana, and this retelling of the fall of Jericho.  Check out the download for free below and do yourself a favor and see this band live.

This can be found off of their Cool Love #1 EP

Jericho- Blitzen Trapper

You can also check out their performance of “Love The Way You Walk Away” from the concert below