Saturday, October 13, 2012

Martha Wainwright Comes Home

Martha Wainwright 
Come Home To Momma 
Maple Music
Four Scoops of Bosco 

Reviewed by Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco

It's been both a rough and interesting journey for Martha Wainwright and her critically acclaimed music family since the release of her 2008 album I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too

In that four year period, Wainwright gave birth to a son and lost her mom (the great singer Kate McGarrigle) while creatively her father Loudon Wainwright III and her brother Rufus Wainwright have released some of the best music of their careers.

Being the confessional, biographical and introspective artist that she is, Martha Wainwright has turned those experiences into song on her latest Come Home to Momma which will be released on Tuesday.

That sense of loss balanced with new beginnings and rebirth is extremely evident on this new album, her fourth (the third to contain original material).

In "Proserpina", Wainwright pays tribute to her mother by singing the last song Kate McGarrigle wrote.  This beautiful song will absolutely give you chills.

Balance that with the languid "All Your Clothes" and bass-driven "I Wanna Make An Arrest" which confront loss head on.

In "Everything Wrong" she examines life as a bumpy, flawed but ultimately optimistic journey through three generations.

In the very catchy "Can You Believe It?" Wainwright sings "I really like the makeup sex/It's the only kind I ever get".  That line says more about relationship tension than most writers can cover in an entire song and is brilliant.

From a musical standpoint this album moves to more of an electro-pop sound than we have heard from Wainwright in her three previous albums.  This move is no doubt influenced by her producer Yuka Honda.

This album is a must listen and one of the best so far this year.

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