Martha Wainwright - Martha Wainwright
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  • Summary: Daughter of Loudon and sister of Rufus, Martha becomes the third Wainwright to release an album in 2005. This self-titled effort is her full-length debut, following on the heels of her subtly-titled EP "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole."
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
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  1. Wainwright's barbed lyrics about love and relationships sound like she scrawled them on a whiskey-soaked night. [22 Apr 2005, p.62]
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    Packed with brilliant, bohemian songs that combine affecting lyrical honesty, beguiling melodies and a voice that has a touch of Alanis Morissette. [May 2005, p.96]
  3. Though accenting the vulnerability her vocals naturally possess, she manages world-weary honesty and summoned strength rather than contrived sentimentality.
  4. Martha takes the golden era of folk and mixes it with modern thematic flair. [#9]
  5. Imagining an all-acoustic version of Martha Wainwright hints at the true potential lurking beneath the strings and high-calorie programmatic flourishes that, while undeniably pretty, detract unnecessarily from the eponymous focal point.
  6. A confident and accomplished debut, and a pleasant, agreeable diversion.
  7. Some of Brad Albetta's production veers toward generic pop and threatens to bury both Wainwright's distinctive voice and her lyrics. [Apr/May 2005, p.131]

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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Robert
    Aug 26, 2006
    One of the most honest singers I've ever heard. Her voice is so soar and beautiful that you can't do anything else exept be moved by it.
  2. susanb
    Jun 6, 2005
    chrissie hynde, patti smith, emmylou harris, lucinda willaims, martha wainwright ....
  3. MPigeon
    Apr 16, 2005
    So Beautiful!
  4. ThePunt
    Sep 21, 2005
    This is, without doubt, the finest album of the year. It is the best album since "Is This It"! Sweet and vulnerable and so goddamn catchy that I hum it all day and play it all night. Expand
  5. D.B.Sweeney
    Jul 4, 2005
    I haven't stopped listening to this. By far the best of the year so far. While I like the lyrics, some are a bit over the top (I don't like Ball & Chain). However the melodies, and especially her voice, are wonderful. I'm sure I'm not the only one that will compair her to Mary Margaret O'Hara (and that's extremely high praise). Expand
  6. Alex
    Jul 27, 2006
    she totally rocks. she has a fabulously unqiue voice, and her lyrics kick ass. B.M.F.A has to be one of the greatest songs I've heard in quite some time. Expand
  7. CherylC
    Jul 23, 2005
    Saw live performance at Massey Hall, July 22. 2005. What I heard was like finger nails on a blackboard. 30 Minutes was pure torture. I looked around and saw many people wishing they had come late to see the headliner. Expand

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