October 1 2014 Latest news:

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Five-day forecast

Album review: Martha Wainwright - Come Home To Mama

Martha Wainwright - Come Home To Mama Martha Wainwright - Come Home To Mama

Thursday, November 1, 2012
9:08 PM

The most straight-talking of the Wainwright warblers gets distracted by the pop pound on an album exploring life’s big moments.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Written over a pivotal transition in her life - the birth of her first son Arcangelo, and the death of her mother, folk legend Kate McGarrigle, shortly after - Come Home To Mama finds Martha in reflective mood.

The blunt, visceral songwriting has been tempered with a silkier, pop aesthetic.

It’s perhaps producer Yuka Honda’s influence that provides quirky pop appeal, from the offbeat sounds of Some People (possibly with sedated theramin) and the taut, 80’s-influenced I Wanna Make An Arrest to the synth pinpricks shooting light through the widescreen swoon of Four Black Sheep.

Nevertheless her confessional, upfront lyricism survives here and there.

The bittersweet Can You Believe It is the Martha of old, brass and slide guitar lightly dressing acoustic guitar and opening with ‘I really like the make-up sex, its the only kind i ever get’.

Elsewhere, Proserpina is a poised, classic piano ballad that’s too restrained to get under the skin, but the plush title track is powered by soft piano, violins and Martha’s lovely voice, and Everything Wrong closes the set with profound lyrics and emotion.

Its pop bent might rankle with diehard Martha fans, but this is a solid, if not exceptional, evolution.

3 stars

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

More entertainment articles

Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Location:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Islington Gazette on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Islington businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Islington Gazette, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all