Rufus Wainwright, whose debut was released in 1998, recently released two albums on the same day. The first, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, compiles singles from his debut album, Poses, Want One, Want Two, Release The Stars and Out of The Game. The set also includes new track "Me and Liza". The album was also released with a deluxe version which includes tracks from the Brokeback Mountain and Moulin Rouge soundtracks, as well as live renditions.
This single was the lead of the 2007 album, Release The Stars. The set peaked at #2 in the UK and #23 in the US. The single only charted in the UK, peaking at #54. The [[music video]] is simple, with Rufus in a similar frames singing the song with symbols pertaining to religion and other social elements, alongside image projections. The lyrical matter touches on cultural and political elements which discuss war, human rights and self-rightiousness within the US. In it he asks 'Tell me, do you really think you go to hell for having loved?/ Tell me, enough of thinking everything that you've done is good/ I really need to know, after soaking the body of Jesus Christ in blood/ I'm so tired of America'. The song was covered by George Michael this year.
"Out of the Game"
The track seems to discuss a relationship, romantic or otherwise, where one individual feels the loss of the other. The world is tainting the path with expectations of sexuality and asks 'does your mother know what you are doing?'. [[The video]] sees actress Helena Bonham Carter as a bored librarian waiting for a new mattress to arrive whilst Rufus plays three characters who eventually wind up in a threesome. The track is the lead release of the 2012 album of the same name. The album peaked at #5 in the UK.
"Me and Liza"
The song is a response to Liza Minnelli not approving of his Judy Garland homage, from which he released Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. Of the track he said 'I have to be very diplomatic with the track. Let's just say it's about legend and arson. It's very playful. A playful jab. Oh, and you know, possibly a hit? I'm trying to be as chivalrous as possible here. I'm a big Liza fan and a big Judy fan and I can't say that Ms Minnelli has been too thrilled by my ovations. When I performed the Judy Garland show, she really didn't really get it. I could not tell you what's wrong, I suppose anything to do with her mother makes it very difficult for her. My dad grew up with Liza for a couple of years in Beverly Hills, so they were friends as kids. I think I've become her recurring nightmare'. The song was written with Guy Chambers, who has written with big UK artists like Robbie Williams and Melanie C.
[[This cover]] of Leonard Cohen's eighties hit was part of the Shrek soundtrack in 2001.The soundtrack hit #28 in the US. The track first appeared in one of Rufus' releases as an extended, live rendition under the release, Want Two. But the greatest hits is the first time the recording has been included in an album outside of the soundtrack in 2001.
"Oh What a World"
[[The track]] was the second release from his 2003 album, Want One. The album hit #60 in the US. It was listed as the #1 album of 2003 on VH1's list. The song questions the fast-paced state of the world. Rufus utters 'Still I think I'm doin' fine/ Wouldn't it be a lovely headline/ Life is/ Beautiful on a New York Times'.
The [[music video]] sees Rufus spending the day with five women who eventually, as the melancholic lyrics dictate that love is for fools, kill themselves in one way or another. Eventually the video finishes as it began. Part of it was filmed in Gwen Stefani's home, which is why she made an appearance as the brunette waitress at the restaurant.
[[The song]], the lead track from the same album in 2001, discusses the superficiality of finding self-esteem and a place in the world. Rufus sings 'All these poses such beautiful poses/ Makes any boy feel like picking up roses/ All these poses such beautiful poses/ Makes any boy feel as pretty as princes'. The album chart on the Billboard 200 two different years, in 2001 (#117) and 2004 (#103).
"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk"
This other release from Poses discusses his cravings, hobbies and the social acceptance of substance abuse and the stigma of doing things deemed 'strange', 'not smart' or 'deadly'. The [[music video]] sees him playing the piano and walking around the city.
[[This song]], which inspired the title of this greatest hits compilation, was part of his third album, 2003's Want One. The album charted at #60 in the US. The song mentions Britney Spears as it mentions simple things about Rufus as he tells another person to call him as his phone is available and on 'vibrate'.
"The One You Love"
The sole release to the 2004 release, Want Two, discusses the intensity of love and its consequence on the emotional heart. The [[music video]] follows Rufus backstage and as he walking around town.
"I Don't Know What It Is"
The track appears on the 2003 release, Want One. Here is a live performance of the single on [[David Letterman's show]]. Rufus has said of the lyrics When I first came up with the lines, I don't know what it is, but you got to do it/ I don't know where to go but you got to be there, I was at this party for The Strokes. There was this prevailing sense of, 'We're not quite sure what's happening or what is cool, but we know that it's somewhere around here, in this room.' It was this vague confusion, with everybody kind of sniffing for blood. It wasn't that it was a bad party, or that I don't like The Strokes; I just think there's a lot of confusion right now in the music business. Then, later on, I realized the song was really personal. I didn't know where I was, and I didn't know I was actually lost. It wasn't about the party at all; it's about searching but not knowing what you're searching for'.
"The Art Teacher"
The lyrics tell of a student in love with an art teacher. [[The song]] is part of the 2004 release, Want Two. The album peaked at #21 in the UK and #103 in the US.
'He was not that much older than I was/ He had taken our class to the Metropolitan Museum/ He asked us what our favorite work of art was/ But never could I tell it was him/ Oh, I wish I could tell him.'
"Go or Go Ahead"
[[The song]] was inspired by a crystal meth binge in San Francisco, Rufus has said. In it he says 'Vanity fairgrounds and rebel angels/ You can't be trusted with feathers so hollow'. The track appeared on Want One.
"Dinner At Eight"
[[The track]], part of Want One, depicts a relationship of longing and despair. When trying to deal with painful love and how to deal with loss. The lyrics begin and end with 'No matter how strong/ I'm gonna take you down/ With one little stone/ I'm gonna break you down/ And see what you're worth/ What you're really worth to me'.
[[The track]] is part of his debut, released in 1998. The lyrics discuss the emptiness of a relationship, despite the passion and intent. He paints a picture as he utters 'I twist like a corkscrew/ The sweetness rising/ I drink from the bottle, weeping/ Why won't you last'.
"Sometimes You Need"
The parent album, Out of The Game, reached #5 in the UK. The 2012 album parented the single of the same name, [["Sometimes You Need"]], and "Jericho".
[[The song]] is a tribute to the documentary film. Written as if the character Tadzio is in the Beales' mansion and Wainwright is Little Edie. The album chart on the Billboard 200 two different years, in 2001 (#117) and 2004 (#103).
[[The song]] was inspired by his time in Germany. He has said of the recording process 'Basically, a huge wave of German Romanticism descended on the recording process, and almost drowned me.' The song did not chart anywhere, but the album hit #2 in the UK and #23 in the US.