MARTHA WAINWRIGHT – Come Home to Mama

January 01, 1970

(Cooperative Music)

 

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Easily the most
petulant member of the Wainwright clan – recall her Bloody Motherfucking Asshole EP, anyone? – Martha may have tempered
that irascible attitude, but not her penchant for unpredictability. The woman
who once titled an album I
Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too is still sharing her misgivings, with song titles like “I
Am Sorry,” “I Wanna Make an Arrest” and “Everything Wrong” hinting at a
still-unsettled psyche.

 

And yet it’s no
surprise that having previously devoted herself to an entire album of Edith
Piaf covers she should now come across as somewhat diva-esque herself. This
latest effort is underscored by sweeping arrangements and a turbulent pulse
that only serves to accelerate that sense of drama and defiance. Comparisons
come easy; Madonna on the pop-centric “Can You Believe It,” Kate Bush via the
atmospheric “Proserpina,” Marianne Faithful in a sultry “All Your Clothes.” But
given her dark demeanor, Come
Home To Mama isn’t exactly
the warm and fuzzy embrace it otherwise implies.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Can You Believe It,” “Proserpina” -LEE ZIMMERMAN

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