Unfollow The Rules finds Rufus Wainwright at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a new-found fearlessness while remaining as mischievous as ever. Recorded in the same legendary Los Angeles studios as his landmark debut, his ninth album is both a bookend to Act 1 of an extraordinary career and a distillation of 21 years of experience at pop’s most flamboyant coal face.
Inspired by middle age, married life, fatherhood, friends, loss, London, and Laurel Canyon, Unfollow The Rules captures Rufus at a crossroads. Ready to tackle new challenges, yet compelled to confront his past, he’s taking stock of two decades of running riot with rules, making sense of how he has matured as a musician and celebrating the contented family man he has become.
Following José González’s acclaimed Vestiges & Claws, Local Valley provides a welcome reminder of the Gothenburg, Sweden-based artist’s understated appeal and singular ability to communicate discreetly. Sung in English, Spanish, and Swedish, these 13 thought-provoking, meticulously crafted songs sound as characteristically confident and rich in compelling detail as anything in his prior canon.