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.
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.
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.