Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Martha Wainwright - Not Just Another Cool Album Cover

I’m really looking forward to seeing Martha Wainwright perform later this month in New York City. She of the incredibly musically-inclined family – I once saw her Aunt Sloan sing at the cozy but overpriced Watercolor Café in the very tony town of Larchmont. I’m still getting into her recently released album I Know You’re Married But I've Got Feelings Too (pictured) and absolutely love her self-titled debut record. Here is the video for “When The Day Is Short,” a song off of her first CD. Below is a review and product description from Amazon.com:

Album Review
Martha is the youngest of the Wainwright clan (with brother Rufus two years her senior), and she's also still the one with the most to prove, even after her eponymous 2005 debut captured hearts aplenty via a delightful bundle of timeless folk ruminations with intriguingly fraught seams--and one infamously foul-mouthed diatribe against her father (folk singer Loudon Wainwright III). It's hard to know whether the family association does her more harm than good, but what is certain is that sophomore album I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too is as complex and emotionally tumultuous as its title and lays to rest any doubts regarding the reach of her artistry. From lavish psychedelic arrangements in "Tower" to "You Cheated Me" and "Hearts Club Band" which gush with the slick country-pop of Fleetwood Mac, to "So Many Friends" and "Bleeding All over You" alternating between Kristen Hersh's husky folk persona on one hand and Kate Bush's gallivanting tonsils on the other, all the way to "Niger River" which quivers and ebbs, fluttering between peaks with eastern trace-like qualities, she sounds both utterly liberated and firmly in control. It's a more challenging experience than the first record, but covers so much more ground and is richer for it. In spite of the title it can surely no longer be a case of always the mistress and never the bride. --James Berry

Product Description
In the three years since her critically-acclaimed debut, Martha Wainwright has toured and recorded with acts ranging from Neko Case to Snow Patrol. She has performed Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, and appeared on the big screen in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. But her greatest achievement is, undoubtedly, the creation of her sophomore record. Entitled I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, it is a musically and lyrically ambitious effort, from understated ballads to intense rock numbers. Wainwright offers new takes on a couple old classics as well: Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play" and the Eurythmics' "Love Is A Stranger." With I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too Wainwright has created a masterpiece that will further establish her as one of the most exciting and brilliantly creative songwriters of her generation.


Anonymous said...

I have been listening to her first album... its great!

I'm going to see her live as well... can't wait!

Thanks for the review!

Sean G. Kilkelly said...

Hey, maybe we'll run into each other at the concert!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should go together!

Sean G. Kilkelly said...

Uh, yeah sure!