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Come Home To Mama

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Martha Wainwright's third studio album, Come Home To Mama, is her first collection of original music in four years and was produced by Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto. Recorded earlier this year, mostly at Sean Lennon s home studio in New York City, Come Home To Mama displays the passionate angst of her 2005 eponymous debut coupled with the twisted pop of 2008's I Know Your Married But I've Got Feelings Too. Yuka and Martha have created an edgy, multi-instrumental soundscape that showcases Martha's raw, confessional poetry with undeniable style and grace. The captivating 10-song set features performances from Yuka Honda, Nels Cline (Wilco), Sean Lennon, Jim White (Dirty Three), Brad Albetta and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Am Sorry
  2. Can You Believe It?
  3. Radio Star
  4. Proserpina
  5. Leave Behind
  6. Four Black Sheep
  7. Some People
  8. I Wanna Make An Arrest
  9. All Your Clothes
  10. Everything Wrong

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B008S27I34
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
In the mood for some over-the-top emotion?

Try this.

Kate McGarrigle was dying, and she knew it. But she loved Christmas and the family holiday concerts that raised money for cancer research, so she willed herself on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the 2009 benefit. Flanked by her son Rufus and her very pregnant daughter Martha, she sang a song she'd written for them --- the last song she'd ever write.

"We all knew it would be her last concert," Martha has said. "My mother wrote that song with one foot in the world she was heading to, and with the full knowledge of where she was going."

That song was "Proserpina." Its inspiration was a Roman myth, a story of spring. Its refrain: "Come home to mother, come home to mama now."

Two months later, Martha was a mother and her mother was gone.

And now we have Martha's CD, "Come Home to Mama."

"I recorded it at a time when I thought, in some way, if I could just sing like her, and if I closed my eyes and I conjured it up enough, that maybe when I opened them she would be back in the room," Wainwright told an interviewer. "It was one of those stages of disbelief at the beginning, when someone has died. I sang it like she sang it, because who would want to change that?"

There's a video of "Proserpina." It was recorded in a single take. It is, without question, the most powerful piece of theater I've seen this year.

"Proserpina" is the only song on the CD that Martha didn't write. But in its emotional transparency, it's representative of the other nine songs. And a worthy successor to her CD of songs by that great heart tugger, Edith Piaf. Be warned: this CD flays you. Spares you nothing. If you're looking for aural comfort food, flee now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Martineau on November 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I discovered this album through my sister who live near Gaspesie in Quebec, Canada, she was listening to it all the time when I visited her... A few days later I heard a song on Radio Canada that I found so good that I checked the radio playlist to know what it was... It seems there was an error and couldn't find the artist and title, and when my uncle put the latest Martha Wainwright album, I recognized the song, it was her, and Four black sheep.

And since then I became "obsessed" with it, and the good news is the more I listen to the album, the more I find it excellent: her unique voice, the instrumental arrangements, Martha's creativity and versatility, her touching words, all in subtility, and some tracks are so dynamic, like Radio Star - she creates a world of her own. And she works with great musicians too, especially Sean Lennon who plays bass on Can you believe it and Four black sheep, and part of the album was recorded in his studio.

Martha is really a musical genius, I hope lots of people will discover her! I find some touches of Patty Smith, Bjork, Jane Siberry, Portishead, Kate Bush, David Bowie, The Beatles... But it's essentially Martha Wainwright.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Wahlman VINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
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Martha and I go way back, to hear debut album : )

I think this album fits in nicely to her larger body of work. This album is unique as she is now a wife and mother. Her songs are still angry, but also clever and poetic. Proserpina, written by her late mother, is the best on the album. Her raw emotions on this song are incredible. I read in an interview how powerful this song is, especially since her mother is split between this world and the next and the song discuss the myth of Proserpina being taken to live with Pluto in the Underworld and Hera's sadness and anger towards the world because of her loss. Pretty powerful myth written by a powerful woman in a strange time in her life. Martha sings the song beautifully. It will haunt you.

The rest of the album is not as emotional, but is all Martha. She is powerful and poetic, while maintaining a sense of humor. I think they all belong on this album and flow beautifully from the first to the last.

If you like Martha already, she will deliver to your expectations. If not, this is a wonderful album with which to become acquainted. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr. a on December 30, 2013
Format: Vinyl
The first song I heard from this cd was "Proserpina" and I was hoping the rest of the album would sound as good and I wasn't disappointed. Every song here is bard naked emotions laid over some amazing tracks. Songs like "All Your Clothes" where she imagines having a conversation with her mother, is heart breaking to hear, as is her brutal honesty on "Everything Wrong" with lines like "My husbands been lying and cheating". For me the best songs are "Some People", "Leave Behind" and "Radio Star". However as much as I love this cd I do feel it's her weakest so far. At times her voice can sound sharp and it feels like she's screaming at you rather then singing. But by the sounds of this cd Martha's going through quite a bit with the passing of her mother and a husband who lies and cheats, she makes references to her failing marriage in two songs here. I wish her all the best musically and personally. Good luck Martha we love you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DKLA on December 23, 2012
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I think Martha and her brother made brilliant albums this year. I listened to this on NPR in Italy one night when I couldn't sleep. I have yet to stop listening to it. It fills me with warmth love and soul. She is extraordinary and so is this album.
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