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Martha Wainwright [PA]
1. Far Away
4. These Flowers
5. Ball & Chain
6. Don't Forget
7. This Life
8. When the Day Is Short
9. Bloody Mother F***ing A**hole
10. TV Show
11. Maker, The
12. Who Was I Kidding?
13. Whither I Must Wander
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 431063
Martha Wainwright; Nicholas Hill; Brad Albetta; Brad Albetta; Martha Wainwright; Nicholas Hill
Brad Albetta; Tom Schick; Brandon Mason; Matthew Cullen; Brian Fulk
Personnel: Martha Wainwright (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Martha Wainwright; Brad Albetta (electric guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass instrument, upright bass, programming); Cameron Grider, J.C. Hopkins, Cameron Greider (electric guitar); Kate McGarrigle (banjo, piano); Erin Hill (harp); Garth Hudson (alto saxophone, organ, keyboards); Paul Bryan (keyboards); Jeff Hill (bass instrument); Dan Reiser (drums); Alan Bezozi (percussion); Disco D (drum programming); Rufus Wainwright (vocals); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Tom Mennier (piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, background vocals); Joe McGinty (piano, keyboards); Bill Dobrow (drums); Lily Lanken (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Brad Albetta; Brian Fulk.
Recording information: Allaire Studios, Shokan, NY; Globe Studios, New York, NY; Mission Sound, NY; Monkey boy Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Ken Schles.
Arranger: Rufus Wainwright.
As the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the sister of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright comes from quite a musical family. This self-titled debut album makes good on the promise of her pedigree, with elements of her parents' folk-based singer/songwriter-isms, and her brother's flair for impassioned delivery and the occasional dramatic flourish. Yet Wainwright builds her own branch on the family tree, with richly detailed songs that display a great expressive range, packing images and incisive reflections into melodies that are whimsical, haunting, and memorable, often all at once.
The plaintive, desperate scenes of "Far Away" float along on a languid, dreamy melody a la the Beatles, mirroring songs like "Factory," in which lyrics full of paranoid anxiety are couched in expansive tunes and lush instrumentation. Even at her most tender, as on "These Flowers" or the country-inflected "When the Day Is Short," Wainwright offers up razor-sharp observations that reveal sadness, tough-mindedness, and vulnerability. Guitars, pianos, and light percussion lift Wainwright's superb songs, adding texture that's never distracting. MARTHA WAINWRIGHT is a distinctive and deeply affecting addition to her family's impressive musical catalogue.
Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] record packed with brilliant, bohemian songs that combine affecting lyrical honesty, beguiling melodies and a voice that has a touch of Alanis Morissette mixed with a gentler inheritance from her mother and aunt..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Soothing, strident or Joplin-raw by turns, her voice pilots unchained melodies, and healthy, intergenerational competition with her own flesh and blood has clearly pushed her to burnish her detailed confessionals."
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