Monday, May 01, 2006

Martha Wainwright

by Frank Gualtier -- 04/14/06, 04/24/06, 06/17/06

Tastes like adult acoustic/electric folk/country/alt-rock/alt-pop fusion. Chew...

Martha WainwrightMartha Wainwright writes and sings the way most people think but don't speak. The surge of emotion that comes through in her voice reminds me of how a child reacts when opening a gift that causes emotional response (good or bad). The song G.P.T. sports a perfect example with "...and she's got a name. i don't care" sung in a way as to conjure an image of Martha actually stomping her foot and then smiling because she got it out of her system. These 'my heart is an open book' deliveries are disarming and often quite seductively charming.

I've seen many genre attached to her name including 'Alternative & Punk' but to me she sounds like a mostly acoustic folk/country fusion with lyrics that might earn the 'punk' moniker.

She sings several songs with backup from her cousin Lily Lanken. Lily and Martha compliment each other's voices like a craving that makes your mouth water. Each ingredient good but when they swirl you squirm.

So natural - so real - so contagious.

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