Come Home to Mama

Come Home to Mama

by Martha Wainwright


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Come Home to Mama

Martha Wainwright is an artist who has absolutely no fear of emotional honesty, a quality that has long figured strongly in her work (not everyone has the nerve to record a song called "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" about their own semi-famous father), and she has plenty to open up about on her fifth album, Come Home to Mama. This is Wainwright's first set of original material since 2008, and since then she got married, had a child who was born 11 weeks premature, and struggled with the death of her mother, and not surprisingly, life's transitions dominate the songs here. Wainwright doesn't pull any punches in her songwriting; her songs about her marriage range from warts-and-all celebrations of her relationship ("Can You Believe It") to bittersweet admissions of defeat ("Some People"), and the closing song to her child, "Everything Wrong," may be the most harrowingly honest song addressed to one's offspring since Richard Thompson's "The End of the Rainbow." But some of the most potent material here deals with Wainwright's late mother, Kate McGarrigle; the album includes Wainwright's interpretation of "Proserpina," the final song McGarrigle wrote, which uses mythology as a metaphor for the often turbulent relationship between mother and daughter, and "All Your Clothes" finds Wainwright struggling with the physical and emotional baggage left to her by her mom's passing. While this material is emotionally intense, Wainwright never sounds like she's wallowing in self-pity, and her sharply expressive, slightly theatrical vocals are in splendid form, while the production (mostly by Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto) has a slightly cool electronic undertow that complements both Wainwright's wit and her harsh introspection. And Wainwright is accompanied by some superb musicians who give these songs the support they deserve, including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, and Sean Lennon on bass. Come Home to Mama isn't always an easy or cheery listen, but anyone familiar with Martha Wainwright's work knows not to expect that; it is a compelling, engaging, and emotionally powerful set of songs from a strikingly talented singer and songwriter, and this is her most intimate and affecting work to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2012
Label: Cooperative Music
UPC: 0878037027402
catalogNumber: 7027402
Rank: 65134

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martha Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Nels Cline   Electric Guitar
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Yuka Honda   Bass,Keyboards
Anna McGarrigle   Piano,Keyboards
Doug Wieselman   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Sean Lennon   Bass
Andrew Whiteman   Electric Guitar
Michael Leonhart   Trumpet
Mauro Refosco   Percussion,Shaker
Brad Albetta   Bass
Aaron Johnston   Drums
Thomas Bartlett   Piano,Keyboards
Shahzad Ismaily   Percussion,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Lily Lanken   Background Vocals
Tom Mennier   Piano
Ariel Engle   Background Vocals
Sylvan Lanken   Background Vocals
Jared Samuel   Keyboards
Jim White   Drums
Hannah Cohen   Background Vocals
Yuko Araki   Drums
Kathleen Weldon   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Yuka Honda   Producer,drum programming,Bass Programming
Pierre Marchand   Producer
Anna McGarrigle   Producer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Martha Wainwright   Composer
David Bishop   Art Direction
Mark Squires   Cover Photo
Kathleen Weldon   Cover Design
Joan Snyder   Paintings
Peter Jacobs   Painting Photography

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