Come Home to Mama
Martha Wainwright has no time for the timid. Her son was born, her mother died and her marriage is a balancing act. Wainwright's mom, singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, wrote one final song, "Proserpina," inspired by Roman myth, the story of spring, that Martha sings in her mother's voice as a tribute and to be closer to her spirit. The entire album is as naked as Martha on the album cover. She sings to her newborn, on "Everything Wrong," about the ups and downs of her own marriage. "Can You Believe It?" tells us make-up sex is all she gets. From the beginning strains of "I Am Sorry" to the elegiac live performance of "I Am A Diamond," Wainwright imbues every note with 100% commitment. Her theatrical vocals, channelling Yoko Ono and Tori Amos, breathe unstoppable life into the club-thumping "I Wanna Make An Arrest" and the scale-climbing "Radio Star." This is epic.