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Artist: Martha Wainwright

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Label: Zo‰ Records
Album: Martha Wainwright
# Song Title   Time
1)    Far Away
2)    G.P.T.
3)    Factory
4)    These Flowers
5)    Ball & Chain
6)    Don't Forget
7)    This Life
8)    When the Day Is Short
9)    Bloody Mother F***ing A**hole
10)    TV Show
11)    Maker, The
12)    Who Was I Kidding?
13)    Whither I Must Wander
 



Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Martha Wainwright (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Martha Wainwright; Brad Albetta (electric guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass instrument, upright bass, programming); Cameron Grider, J.C. Hopkins, Cameron Greider (electric guitar); Kate McGarrigle (banjo, piano); Erin Hill (harp); Garth Hudson (alto saxophone, organ, keyboards); Paul Bryan (keyboards); Jeff Hill (bass instrument); Dan Reiser (drums); Alan Bezozi (percussion); Disco D (drum programming); Rufus Wainwright (vocals); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Tom Mennier (piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, background vocals); Joe McGinty (piano, keyboards); Bill Dobrow (drums); Lily Lanken (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Brad Albetta; Brian Fulk.
  • Recording information: Allaire Studios, Shokan, NY; Globe Studios, New York, NY; Mission Sound, NY; Monkey boy Studios, New York, NY.
  • Photographer: Ken Schles.
  • Arranger: Rufus Wainwright.
  • As the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the sister of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright comes from quite a musical family. This self-titled debut album makes good on the promise of her pedigree, with elements of her parents' folk-based singer/songwriter-isms, and her brother's flair for impassioned delivery and the occasional dramatic flourish. Yet Wainwright builds her own branch on the family tree, with richly detailed songs that display a great expressive range, packing images and incisive reflections into melodies that are whimsical, haunting, and memorable, often all at once.
  • The plaintive, desperate scenes of "Far Away" float along on a languid, dreamy melody a la the Beatles, mirroring songs like "Factory," in which lyrics full of paranoid anxiety are couched in expansive tunes and lush instrumentation. Even at her most tender, as on "These Flowers" or the country-inflected "When the Day Is Short," Wainwright offers up razor-sharp observations that reveal sadness, tough-mindedness, and vulnerability. Guitars, pianos, and light percussion lift Wainwright's superb songs, adding texture that's never distracting. MARTHA WAINWRIGHT is a distinctive and deeply affecting addition to her family's impressive musical catalogue.

Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] record packed with brilliant, bohemian songs that combine affecting lyrical honesty, beguiling melodies and a voice that has a touch of Alanis Morissette mixed with a gentler inheritance from her mother and aunt..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Soothing, strident or Joplin-raw by turns, her voice pilots unchained melodies, and healthy, intergenerational competition with her own flesh and blood has clearly pushed her to burnish her detailed confessionals."

Producer:Martha Wainwright; Nicholas Hill; Brad Albetta; Brad Albetta; Martha Wainwright; Nicholas Hill
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:12 April, 2005
Guest Artist: Rufus Wainwright

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Joyce Wu on
 
CD arrived quickly and was securely packaged. Thank you.
Ashwin Gangisetty on
 
Most of the time when I buy a CD, I listen to it a few times and then put it back on the shelf for weeks or months at a time before I give it another listen. There are occasions, however, when I buy a CD and it really grabs a hold of me. On these rare occasions, I become engrossed, almost addicted to the album. Martha Wainwright's self-titled debut has been one of these occasions.

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
Debbie Dallas on
 
This album by martha wainwright is fantasitic, its sort of folk music mixed with mellow pop, whatever it is, its great! There is a real variety on the album, with all sorts of different sounding tracks. My favourite is Whither I Must Wander. This is a really great album for any music enthusiasts collection!

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