Rufus Wainwright, ‘Vibrate’


Aidin Vaziri | It’s not exactly a greatest-hits collection because, well, what hits? But the new compilation “Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright” is a timely reminder of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s unbounded wit, maximal melodrama and flair for crafting beautiful, showstopping melodies. Sampling from his seven studio albums (plus a few stray tracks), it offers fans a chance to survey his wildly eclectic career, from the Beatlesque baroque pop of “April Fools” to the plaintive Fleetwood Mac-style balladry of the Mark Ronson-produced “Bitter Tears.” Wainwright’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” from the soundtrack to “Shrek,” still ranks among the best, while the new track “Me and Liza,” about his complicated relationship with the showbiz icon, confirms he can still seethe with style.