Come Home To Mama - Martha Wainwright
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Oct 18, 2012
    80
    This is an album about a mother's love, made by a mother, for a mother. And it also happens to be Martha Wainwright's greatest artistic achievement to date.
  2. Oct 18, 2012
    80
    It's inspired genre-hopping and relentless invention resulting in a substantial and brilliantly sung career-best. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  3. Oct 18, 2012
    80
    There's months of listening here. [Nov 2012, p.108]
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Having gotten an Édith Piaf tribute (and a baby) out of her system since, she reorients herself admirably with Come Home to Mama.
  5. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Smart, elegant and affecting, this is surely her best yet. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    [Martha Wainwright] has realised her best record to date.
  7. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    It's an extremely fine album that is without doubt her best work yet.
  8. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Wainwright's vocals might be dressy but her thoughts are naked, heartbreakingly so on All Your Clothes, a graveside conversation with Kate McGarrigle.
  9. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    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.
  10. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    As on most of the tracks, Wainwright sounds terrific, her voice swooping and hollering at times, and quietly understated at others. No matter the tone though, the emotion is always unmistakeable.
  11. 80
    When Wainwright leaves us hanging at the end of 'Everything Wrong''s soft chimes with the frank, childlike, "I have been really really sad/Except for having you with your dad," each sentiment is a choker.
  12. 75
    Martha ponders the intricacies of life and death with the kind of clear-eyed honesty we rarely get from someone as close to them as she still is.
  13. Dec 4, 2012
    75
    It's another creative leap for an artist who explores difficult human emotions with a bravery and intensity few singers ever approach. [No. 93, p.60]
  14. Nov 1, 2012
    75
    Loneliness aside, Come Home to Mama is not a somber affair. Credit's partly due to new producer Yuka Honda from Cibo Matto, who freshens up the sound considerably.
  15. Oct 16, 2012
    73
    At the end of Come Home To Mama, I find myself most appreciative of Wainwright's confessional style of writing, how she reveals her main characters' flaws without shame.
  16. Nov 2, 2012
    70
    More provocative and aggressive yet theatrical than any full album the moody Martha has executed to date. Brava.
  17. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    [Come Home to Mama]is quite possibly her best so far.
  18. 60
    Come Home to Mama is lyrically stiff on top of instrumental complexity. The lyrics need to be pulled way back. What does work are the opening beats and rhythms awash in a mix of sonic, ambient environments.
  19. Nov 13, 2012
    60
    This latest effort is underscored by sweeping arrangements and a turbulent pulse that only serves to accelerate that sense of drama and defiance.
  20. 60
    Whether anyone outside Wainwright's devoted fanbase will take notice of the album is hard to say, but the world could use more pretty voices with smart ideas.
  21. 60
    Martha Wainwright's latest songs characteristically zigzag about the emotional spectrum.
  22. Venturing further into radio-friendly pop-rock than ever before, her fourth album showcases a strong voice which (unlike brother Rufus) actually hits the notes.
  23. Oct 18, 2012
    45
    Come Home to Mama deserves praise; despite having a bland title, it's the album where Wainwright finally comes out with some ideas. The problem is that when they do work, they don't really go anywhere.
  24. Oct 15, 2012
    40
    The po-faced classicism of Proserpina drags, and little here packs the visceral punch of Wainwright's older songs.

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