In an album filled with highlights, "Millbrook" is easily one of the finest on Rufus Wainwright's self-titled debut. Lyrically, the song is a representation of upstate New York social ethos between students and young romantics. The melody is positively gorgeous, taking its cues from George Gershwin's urban East Coast themes, particularly "An American in Paris." The fusing of pop and cabaret styles is underlined by Van Dyke Park's positively sterling string arrangement, one of the finest on the album. Wainwright's slightly droll vocals illustrate the lyrics perfectly, with a Connecticut-soaked sense of ennui.