发行版本:Drowned in Sound (DIS0039)
出身自蒙特娄的音乐世家，父亲Loudon Wainwright III、母亲Kate McGarrigle、阿姨Kate McGarrigle都是乐坛名人，连哥哥都是大名鼎鼎的Rufus Wainwright。玛莎在这样的背景薰陶下，不但没有带给她成名的压力，反而让音乐创作之路，走得更加自信且自我。尽管从小就时常登台演唱，但直到中学，她才有冲动要往音乐发展。在大学接受正统戏剧科班训练时，她已经开始作曲，并在蒙特娄多处俱乐部及咖啡厅驻唱。97年发行了第一张卡带专辑《Ground Floor》后，便开始跟随兄长Rufus巡回担任乐手及合音，更在搬迁到纽约后，加入了Largo音乐剧的演出。02年发行了四首歌的Factory迷你专辑， 并为《Dan Bern and Kate & Anna McGarrigle》专辑贡献作品，在05年2月又发行了谜样般的《Bloody Mother F**king A**hole》迷你专辑，为众所期待已久的首张同名专辑发行，做预告暖身！
迟至今年4月，29岁的她终於推出首张个人同名专辑，立即引起众人侧目。 打入美国告示牌潜力榜及英国独立金榜，更让专业乐评及传媒，不约而同一起为她站起来鼓掌，甚至入围了全美音乐人协会所颁布的「2005年度新人大奖」。标题耸动、词句犀利的《Bloody Mother F**king A**hole》已经证明了她的深度、视野及企图心，前途无可限量。而有备而来的她，一次端出筹备已久的最佳菜色，这次要让大家听到傻耳！有其母必有其女，遗传自母亲充满感情的唱腔，甜蜜地加入自己恣意把玩的淘气跟创意，在华丽的＜Far Away＞开场，对老友及旧情人的思愁都被她唱出了暖意，她的歌曲就像一首首动人的抒情叙事诗，大胆勾引着听者的情愫。＜G.P.T.＞ 及＜Factory＞展现她熟稔旋律的灵巧与聪慧，也绝对地优雅跟人文气息，更引导出洒脱的＜Ball & Chain＞；而＜Don‘t Forget＞及＜These Flowers＞竟让人不免想到刚出道时的Joni Mitchell那股柔中带韧的率性；和哥哥Rufus合唱的＜The Maker＞更是甜美佳作。专辑结束前，选唱了Vaughan Williams的＜Whither Must I Wander＞，将真实感情亲密融化在音符之中。
也许有人质疑她的天生才华，来自於出生背景而理所当然，但，却情不自禁地对她首次出辑印象深刻、迷恋不已。由V2发行的全球特别新版，加收了与Rufus合唱的＜Bring Back My Heart＞以及可以窥见她浪漫奔放的另面风情，30年代法语歌后Barbara名曲＜Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu? ＞(说,你何时回来?)
Martha Wainwright's self-titled 2005 debut is, by most right-thinking people's reckoning, a modern classic: a singularly bold, compassionate and memorable statement from a songwriter seemingly immune to banality or cliché. So pungently did that album evoke the highs and lows of life as freewheeling, self-examining singleton, that some fans worried Wainwright's recent marriage to producer Brad Albetta would herald a softer approach. Kind of, we know she's married but we've got feelings too. So has it?
Not really. While there's no "Bloody Motherf*cking As*hole" this time around (her notorious spleen-vent at father Loudon Wainwright III), 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. This is typified by uncompromising opener "Bleeding All Over You" - a number whose deceptively pastoral Buffalo Springfield stylings belie lyrics of unrequited passion and bitter envy.
As ever, what nails it are the specifics: "You moved up north and got a farmhouse / I'm trapped between two buildings and having to start at the start." Why do so few lyricists get this? Wainwright must wonder this too because then there's "Hearts Club Band", a slow, brooding number about leaving both a band and its singer, which delivers a slap to the ego of over-precious singing studs everywhere: "You wrote a song a day / And they were always words that made me want to say shut up!"
The gothic-bluesy howl of "In The Middle Of The Night" (featuring brother Rufus), which sounds heavily inspired by PJ Harvey's "Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea", tackles the complex emotions triggered by her mother's cancer with its sinister repeated howl: "In the middle of the night / Comes a knocking at my door / There's a limousine outside and I know who it's for".
Elsewhere, however, Wainwright does take significant strides away from her debut. She makes an unashamed bid for blanket radio play (and wholly deserves it) with party-starting, Springsteen-as-a-girl country-rocker "Comin' Tonight" about an ex-lover whose band is coming to her home town, and best of all the razor sharp "You Cheated Me" (featuring Pete Townshend), whose tetchy angular verse melts deliciously with a smooth, singalong chorus.
The clan assembles for a crisp, perky cover of Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play" - mother Kate McGarrigle, aunt McGarrigle and first cousin Lily Lanken before closing with "I Wish I Were" (featuring The Band's Garth Hudson), an almost spoken-word piece in which the music steps right back to showcase the nuances of her remarkable voice. It's a disappointingly low-key and tremulous finale to what is a rich and rewarding album. If we were her, we'd have stuck in some jubilatory car horns. -----Text by Anna Britten
Release by Fahrenheit
01. Bleeding All Over You
02. You Cheated Me
03. Jesus & Mary
04. Comin' Tonight
05. Tower Song
06. Hearts Club Band
07. So Many Friends
08. In the Middle of the Night
09. The George Song
10. Niger River
12. See Emily Play
13. I Wish I Were