Martha Wainwright - Come Home To Mama (4 stars)

Moving, raw and heartfelt new album from the singer-songwriter

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Martha Wainwright - Come Home To Mama

It would almost be easier not to know that ‘Proserpina’, the stand out track from Wainwright’s new album, was the last song composed by her mother Kate McGarrigle before she died from cancer in 2010. It’s such an exceptional piece of songwriting - performed beautifully here - it doesn’t need to pack any more of an emotional upper cut than it already does. For those whose tear ducts are easily exercised by such things, it’s probably best to stay away from the video.

It’s a reflection of Wainwright’s talent that the rest of the album doesn’t feel like the musical window dressing to one song. From the rambunctious playfulness of ‘Can You Believe It’ - which she opens with the unforgettable line ‘I really like the makeup sex / it's the only kind I ever get’ - to the raw and heartfelt honesty of ‘Everything Wrong’, a song from a mother to her child, Wainwright plays everything just right. That last song talks about generations and how they function. This is torch passing at its most moving and triumphant.

Martha Wainwright - "Proserpina"

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