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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of her songs are just well a bit TOO introspective, I think. She has great lungs, I must say.Published on June 25, 2014 by Lisa K. Miller
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. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by mr. a
In a year which saw stellar releases from Bat For Lashes, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, Ladyhawke and other leading female artists, Martha Wainwright's stood very tall. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by David P. Weber
The title of the review may take some readers to conclude this album is so-so. It is, but some songs are incredible and some are just tolerable. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by james gray
Absolutely love the song "Proserpina". It blows me away. If you've never heard of Martha Wainwright, shame on you. Fantastic album.Published on March 17, 2013 by J FLESHMAN
The loss of a parent is very difficult for anyone. I am not sure if that is what went wrong here. I DO believe that Rufus album Songs for LuLu was the result of his mothers... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Michael K. Hart
I first heard "Everything Wrong" on NPR and was hooked. This album is so heartbreaking and raw at times ("Proserpina"), but also offers songs up-tempo ("Radio Star") with a funk... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by JT