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Martha Wainwright CD

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Singer-songwriters are meant to trade in whimsical pleasures, in the soft strums of a guitar, in worlds so delicate and small they could shatter at a single touch. Martha Wainwright doesn't trade alongside them. Back with a second record that's both tender and tough, beautiful and brutal, and simmering with invention and confidence, Martha forgot to read the rulebook. Either that, or ... Read more in Amazon's Martha Wainwright Store

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  • Audio CD (4 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alliance Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0007VXZKO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Far Away
2. G.P.T.
3. Factory
4. These Flowers
5. Ball and Chain
6. Don't Forget
7. This Life
8. When the Day is Short
9. Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
10. TV Show
11. The Maker
12. Who Was I Kidding
13. Wither Must I Wander

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Martha Wainwright comes from a family that some would call "musical royalty". She is the daughter of Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, and sister of Rufus Wainwright, yet she writes and sings with a style completely her own. After several tours as opener and band-mate for Rufus, and appearances on his albums, Martha made her own bold statement with the release of her EP Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole earlier this year. The EP garnered rave reviews: The Times called it a "tour de force" while The New York Times named it "a gorgeous teaser" to her forthcoming full-length debut. The release of this self-titled debut album takes things to a whole new level. An album of contrasts, Martha Wainwright features tracks filled with raw, fiery, passionate energy alongside unforgettable, hauntingly beautiful ballads. --C Wingbaps

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Fraser on 4 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was immediately struck by Martha's voice when I saw her on a TV show recently.
As the sister of Rufus, and daughter of Loudon Wainwright and (my personal favourite) Kate McGarrigle, Martha has a fine musical pedigree but also a lot to live up to. And that she does! Very much a unique voice and talent.
This has hardly been off my CD player since I bought it a week ago, and is showing signs of real longevity. Listening to Martha's voice is a very nice place to be.
I know I should really only give this 4 stars, because it's absolutely clear that this is merely the beginning; Martha has great potential, both as a songwriter and an interpreter. However, as 90% of reviewers give 5* to anything they like, I'm compelled to follow the trend.
Whilst her own compositions are excellent - I like the opener "Far Away" and "Factory", her spine-tingling performance of "Whither I Must Wander" by the classical composer Ralph Vaughan-Williams shows that Martha is much more than just another rock chick.
If you share my liking for Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Eva Cassidy, Kate Rusby, Sandy Denny etc, then please check out Martha Wainwright.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The Pash on 6 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely adore this album. It's a difficult one to pigeon hole but its influences being a mixture of contemporary blues, country, folk, and jazz are very clear but in a very individual and unique package. Quite different from her brother's, father's, mother's and aunt's music, having created something completely of her own in every way. It's great and I think that most people would struggle to dislike it. It's not the happiest album in the world, but a very colourful and rich one nonetheless.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mouse on 5 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was intrigued to see how Martha would enter the music scene - after her brother's fantastic previous albums. The pressure of expectation and comparison must have been enormous.
Judging by the album, if she's nervous about being such pressure, it doesn't show in the slightest.
Comparisons are mixed - on one hand they couldn't sound any more different if they tried. Martha's folk sensibilities and Rufus's flamboyant arrangements are miles apart. However, both have a fantastic grasp of writing deep and meaningful lyrics without cliche and create interesting and original music - they are both on top of their games. Tales of acceptance, love, death, loss, inadequacies - wonderful stuff if you like that type of stuff (and I DO!!!).
The arrangements and key changes sound really fresh on this album - and it sounds natural and not done to be clever. Martha's voice is also quite distinctive (it has a soft raspy quality), and fits the predominantly folk style of music perfectly.
'Bl**dy Mother Fu**ing A**hole' is reported to be about her relationship with her dad - and it's a stunning spitting rant which is certainly one of the albums highlights, and one of the best "F**k you" songs I've ever heard.
'Whither I Must Wander' is a beautiful traditional folk song, and really shows off a softer, purer sound in Martha's voice.
Other personal highlights are 'TV Show', 'Far Away', 'This Life' and 'These Flowers' - but the whole album is truly wonderful.
An incredible disarming debut, and I can't wait to hear more from her.
Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shauna_the_original on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
whatever you think this album is going to be like forget it, it will just blow you away. have you ever heard a woman sing like a child one minute with vulnerability showing through. how does she do it? she sings like she's been locked in a tower all these years and someone's finally let her sing her thoughts on an album with beautiful guitar accompanying her. you can while away the day, fantasise about being in some parisian city then sing with her whilst you share the annoyance she has with work, love and growing up.
absolutely bl@@dy magical. best album i've heard in a long long time. inspirational.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw Martha Wainwright perform in London recently and it was a brilliant gig. She sang the bonus tracks that appear on this album with such perfection. But all the songs on this album are all just perfect. The original tracks on the album are wonderful and I cannot find fault in them. BMFA is superb and will have you singing along for hours! Far Away is an idyllic song with beautiful lyrics. Martha Wainwright has one of those completely unique sounds that will mesmerise you and draw you in to her world.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "ardley" on 6 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that grabs your attention and holds it, from start to finish.
Martha sounds fantastic and has a very talented band behind her.
There isn't a bad track on this album.
It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you think...
Hard to explain, but it's something really special. Trust me.
Watch out for Martha on tour in 2006!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Definitely an album to make me cry - Far Away and TV Show utterly brilliant. Tinged with pain, anger and sadness and an amazing voice. What a woman!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P B Wilkinson on 15 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is phenomenal. I was laying flowers at her alter after the second play. She has a raw energy and seduction to her voice that puts her in a different stratosphere to other singer/songwriters. Unlike her brother, Rufus, who tends a little towards twee theatricality, she is powerful and demands attention. She is absolutely sure to shine and potentially to outshine her brother. Awesome.
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