Come Home To Mama


Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Oct 15, 2012
    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.
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    [Martha Wainwright] has realised her best record to date.
  3. Oct 16, 2012
    Having gotten an Édith Piaf tribute (and a baby) out of her system since, she reorients herself admirably with Come Home to Mama.
  4. Oct 15, 2012
    It's an extremely fine album that is without doubt her best work yet.
  5. Nov 2, 2012
    More provocative and aggressive yet theatrical than any full album the moody Martha has executed to date. Brava.
  6. 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.
  7. Magnet
    Dec 4, 2012
    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]
  8. Mojo
    Oct 18, 2012
    It's inspired genre-hopping and relentless invention resulting in a substantial and brilliantly sung career-best. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  9. Oct 15, 2012
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. Oct 16, 2012
    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.
  12. Nov 1, 2012
    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.
  13. Oct 24, 2012
    [Come Home to Mama]is quite possibly her best so far.
  14. Q Magazine
    Oct 18, 2012
    There's months of listening here. [Nov 2012, p.108]
  15. Oct 15, 2012
    Wainwright's vocals might be dressy but her thoughts are naked, heartbreakingly so on All Your Clothes, a graveside conversation with Kate McGarrigle.
  16. Oct 18, 2012
    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.
  17. Uncut
    Oct 15, 2012
    Smart, elegant and affecting, this is surely her best yet. [Nov 2012, p.85]

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