Wainwright, who turned 53 last year (according to the title track), uses this tuneful and artfully arranged album to continue working out his troubled family relationships ("Surviving Twin" is a bruta

Wainwright, who turned 53 last year (according to the title track), uses this tuneful and artfully arranged album to continue working out his troubled family relationships ("Surviving Twin" is a brutal peacemaking gesture to his deceased father), failed love affairs ("Living Alone"), faded friendships ("Out of Reach"), and intimations of his own mortality ("Graveyard"). The candid self-portraits, warts and all, further showcase the artist's ever-brilliant wit and sensitivity within a subtly effective production. Also, despite the predominantly dark lyrical turn, the disc is hardly without Wainwright's customary, if caustic, humor: He clearly relishes being the last man on earth, as it gives him a free pass at any woman left listening. So graveyard be damned, for there's plenty of life and musical relevance in this 53-year-old coot yet.—JB

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