Today, Decca Records formally announced that Rufus Wainwright will release his eagerly anticipated new album, entitled "Out Of The Game," on May 1st. Produced by none other than Mark Ronson, this is the seventh studio album from the Canadian singer that follows 2010's quietly intimate outing "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu." The first single to be taken of the LP is the uptempo title track that should be unveiled soon.
A press release describes "Out Of The Game" as "a labor of love for both Wainwright and Ronson." Rufus calls the album "the most pop album I’ve ever made, while Ronson recently states that "it's the best work of my career." Recorded in New York in the fall of 2011, the twelve songs are "hook-laden, memorably arranged tracks reminiscent of Rufus’ early work."
Musicians on the album include the Dap-Kings (who Ronson also used for the groundbreaking Amy Winehouse "Back To Black" album and his own "Record Collection"), Wilco’s Nels Cline, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow, Sean Lennon and sister Martha Wainwright.
Ronson explains that "Out Of The Game" "has a real '70s, Laurel Canyon spirit." Wainwright adds that he was very inspired by some of the great pop writers of the past, including Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Elton John who once affectionately named Wainwright "the greatest songwriter on the planet." The singer sums it up best when he describes "Out Of The Game" as "brash, beautiful and also very Rufus."