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7 people found this helpful
on 4 September 2005
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.