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Because of who her family is, it would be easy to immediately dismiss her as "the sister of Rufas," or "the daughter of Louden and Kate McGarrigle." This would be a mistake, because Martha Wainwright's music is distinctly unique and she is a huge talent in her own right.
Her voice is gorgeous, but not in a traditional sense. Her voice has a soulful, high-pitched, eerie beauty, like nothing I've ever heard before. In her delivery, there is a real sense of emotion and feeling that really connects with the listener. With most albums, when you are done listening, you are done. When you are finished with Martha Wainwright's album, you feel as though you had just been visited by a presence, and that feeling stays with you, long after the CD has ended.
From the opening "Far Away", the listener is immediately swept into the CD. This song is subtle, building up ever so slightly, and is slightly underwhelming, which gives the song the perfect effect. The hauntingly beautiful background vocals add a nice touch. The more upbeat "G.P.T." has an infectious, singsong verse before going into its' soulful chorus. The bluesy morose "Factory" shows a more vulnerable side to Martha Wainwright. "These Flowers" has a kind-of a dream-like lullaby atmosphere. "Ball and Chain," (not a cover of the classic Janis Joplin song) sounds somewhat Janis-Joplin like.Read more ›
To begin, it shows the impressive dramatic range she can reach wit her voice, managing to be authentically vulnerable, sincerely outraged and hopeful to reach, perhaps, who the song's about -which from reading some recent reviews may be her father Loudon, whom she has dedicated this song to in concerts. Vocal talents that are also powerfully displayed in many other songs, specially in the beautiful Pop and wrenching lyrics of "Factory," the longing of "Far Away," and the honesty of "TV Show."
In no way less important to what makes this music so moving are, of course the lyrics -penned by her except for "Whither I Must Wander"- which can go from raw confessions (No idea how it feels to be on your own / In your own home / With the f***ing phone / And the mother of gloom / In your bedroom / Standing over your head / With her hand in your head). Or her wondering in "Wild Flowers" that "they are like those children / who go off to school and don't come back / and I am like their mother / waiting around about to crack," yet accepting that "these wild flowers are coming up wild."
Praise must be given too to the arrangements and production -she co-produced- which are rather fitting for what Martha has to say, knowing when to remain understated or propel her voice further.
All in all, this is a marvelous album. The work of a young woman with nothing to apologize for and the strong intention to make war or to make peace with us, depending on what she needs to say.Read more ›
To the people who are considering purchasing this album: It's difficult to explain what kind of genre Martha's music falls into. It has elements of country, but it's not country; it has elements of pop, but it's not pop; it has elements of rock, but I wouldnt call it rock... you get the picture. I can tell you that if you enjoy Neko Case, Feist, The Arcade Fire, Wilco, and Regina Spektor (among others), then you'll absolutely love this album. The production and songwriting is phenomenal from beginning to end.
Please do yourself a favor and buy this album, I promise you won't be disappointed. Then do us all a favor and have your friends tell their friends about this album. Martha's here and she's going to be here for a while.
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This is a good album. She's hard to take on mass but this early album leaves enough space to taste Martha's great voice, humour and thoughtfulness before it gets cloying as it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stuart Farmery
So I was just discovering this record--some seven years after its release, but who's counting--and I hear this interview w/ its creator on NPR. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Gregor von Kallahann
Martha Wainwright is a complex and wonderful sing/songwriter. The exquisitely beautiful melodies and poetic language entrance you. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by C Wahlman
Heard Wainwright on the radio, on PBS' Mountain Stage' and was blown away. Not too many current girl singer-songwriters make me rush to buy their cd. Martha did. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by kb
I first heard Martha in the Leonard Cohen concert 'I'm your man'. She was fantastic. This particular CD went directly to Good Will. It was horrible. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Red Devine
This is the kind of recording I like to sit, and listen to intently. The poetry of the lyrics and music swarm around, and it's very stony music indeed. Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Thorough Burro
When I heard this CD for the first time I was really impressed. Lyrics and music are perfectly matched. That's one of best female voices I've ever heard!!!Published on September 1, 2008 by Artur Olesch