Recorded in Sean Lennon’s home studio and produced by Cibo Matto keyboardist/sampler Yuka Hondo, Come Home To Mama is Martha Wainwright’s third full length effort, and her most accessible to date. Wainwright’s performance of “Proserpina,” the album’s first single which was written by her deceased mother, Kate McGarrigle, is her most touching and heart wrenching to date. There is a right way and a wrong way to write a deeply personal song about deeply private things, like marriage, babies, and death. Done correctly, the listener has a personal and possibly profound reaction that relates to their own life and forms a bond between them and the song. Martha Wainwright has that gift and has never been afraid of baring her soul, putting her heart on her sleeve, or flat out telling the real story, warts and all. Because life is messy and you can’t hide from it, so you might as well take what you can from each moment. This “live for the moment amid chaos” is exemplified in the opening line of “Can You Believe It;” “I really like the makeup sex, it’s the only kind I ever get.” We’re all thinking the same thing, “been there!” It’s also terribly catchy. Come Home To Mama has a pleasantly subtle electronic pop sound that works well with Wainwright’s style and sense of melody. It’s a mighty fine folk pop album with a nice sheen to it. (Independent, Broose Tulloch

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