Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 6


6. Martha Wainwright – COME HOME TO MAMA

Like the rest of her family, she’s ridiculously talented, but on her first two records you only briefly sensed what she was capable of (“When the Day is Short”, “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole”, “You Cheated Me”). Here, she makes an advance comparable to the one brother Rufus did on his third record (I haven’t heard her interim album of Edith Piaf songs). Sounding ever more confident, she’s assisted by her late mother (who wrote the beautiful, elegiac “Proserpina”) and, less predictably, producer Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto). Opening up but never overwhelming the songs, Honda’s subtle electronics add texture and an oddness completely simpatico with Wainwright’s distinct style, especially when she warbles a lyric as acidic and self-deprecating as “I really like the make-up sex / it’s the only kind I ever get.”

Favorite tracks: “Can You Believe It?”, “Proserpina”, “Some People”, “I Wanna Make An Arrest”

Video for “Proserpina”:

One Response to Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 6

  1. Howard says:

    Seriously, the last few would have been 11-15 for me. 🙂

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