Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The Canadian-American boho remains as feisty and red-blooded as ever, her hewn-from-marble voice--part-cowgirl part-Patti Smith--crooning and bawling tales of feckless lads and late night disappointments.
  2. Yet by the time the final notes of the acoustic closer I Wish I Were Here have faded away, then you're more than convinced that this is yet another triumph for the Wainwright family.
  3. Married improves even on Wainwright’s excellent 2005 debut. It’s a more subtle, diverse, self-assured affair.
  4. Where Rufus' work is fabulously bedazzled, Martha's remains earth-hued and loamy--rich, deep, complex--making Married well worth the wait.
  5. It's the bolder likes of 'In the Middle of the Night' and 'I Wish I Were' where she really leaves her mark, somewhere between Patti Smith and ghost of Edith Piaf. [June 20008, p.148]
  6. Supported by an A-list cast including brother Rufus, Pete Townshend and Steely Dan keyboardist Donald Fagen, she's collected some impressive endorsements. But they're just a backdrop to a riveting one-woman show.
  7. If you're looking for evidence that Martha Wainwright has stepped from her family's shadow, you might note that it sounds like the one thing none of her relatives have had: a hit single.
  8. If her tough-minded 2005 debut presented her as a scion to her family’s legacy, then I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too portrays Wainwright as a distinctive artist with a caustic sense of humor and a complicated family situation.
  9. The adulterously titled I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, which certainly has its issues, comes across as more grounded, learned and confident.
  10. I Know You're Married... is a sure-footed, emotionally engaging step up the ladder.
  11. Wainwright's songs are tight, cohesive and show real emotion.
  12. Wainwright does lean pretty heavily on this formula of mild, occasionally rocky folk-pop doused with generous measures of vocal swooping and diving.
  13. 70
    She still goes into circles sometimes, but you might too if you could roll a phrase around your tongue the way Wainwright can. [July 2008, p.77]
  14. 70
    Her sophomore disc hardly sounds like something dashed off between higher-profile gigs: Sardonic chamber-folk gems such as "Tower Song" and "You Cheated Me" (in which she tells a lover to "run your scared little ass down the block") offer lyrical and sonic detail for days.
  15. While the moments she sings about are awkward, the settings are not.
  16. On her second album, Wainwright occasionally overshoots in trying to write songs that rise to heights of the sound she can produce, but she's rarely boring.
  17. The topics are all too familiar, not to mention heavy--a weightiness that doesn't quite match (or do justice to) her light, melodic warble. [13 June 2008]
  18. 60
    Wainwright is newly hitched herself (to producer Brad Albetta) and I Know... is for the most part a decidedly mature singer-songwriter album.
  19. I Know You're Married would be a solid effort, but based on her own output alone, it's a considerable disappointment.
  20. 40
    This misfires more than its hits home. [June 2008, p.108]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. RobbieC
    Jul 16, 2008
    5
    Not a fan. Liked her brother's first couple of records. Can't get into his new stuff. CAN'T get into her. Maybe later.
  2. ColinB.
    Jul 10, 2008
    10
    Extraordinary. Emotional as sound.
  3. BlairS.
    Jun 23, 2008
    9
    Absolutely fantastic so much growth from miss Martha. really gained the best assets from her voice.. wispy and folksy, to quick and rocking. Absolutely fantastic so much growth from miss Martha. really gained the best assets from her voice.. wispy and folksy, to quick and rocking. whatever she needs to be. Fierce, girl. Full Review »