[Drowned In Sound; 10/05/2008]
The sibling of singer-songwriter, Rufus, Canadian born Martha Wainwright stole our hearts and trampled all over them in 2005 with her debut self-titled full-length. Full of vigorously written folk songs, a plethora of anger was let off the leash to cause havoc and distress, with the brashness MW employing clearly showing one message; this women could hold her own with anybody. Martha's second album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, follows a similar path in themes, but in the case of sound, there's a significant ushering.
With IKYMBIGFT, proceedings flow a little smoother, with turbulence at a premium. Pink Floyd's classic hit 'See Emily Play' is covered in more of a come-down/folk fashion, while earlier tracks on the album such 'Hearts Club Band' and 'The George Song' sight the scope to more of an undercurrent of angst, which essentially is what the the album is all about.
Although not as in-your-face with the cold harsh fists and gashing red hot blood like her predecessor, IKYMBIGFT still alludes to personal set-backs and heartbreak. It's just in more of a metaphorical sense this time, making the listener work a little harder (album title being the exception). It shows that Wainwright can vent her anger through various channels, which for the most part, is commendable. Still, it sounded better when the boldness and feisty interplay was at the table.
By Simon K