MARTHA WAINWRIGHT : : BLOODY MOTHER FUCKING ASSHOLE (ZOE '05)

This is one talented family. With Loudon Wainwright III at the patriarchal helm, Kate McGarrigle providing the mothering charm, and openly gay Rufus as the older brother (not to mention Anna McGarrigle as aunt), Martha Wainwright has inherited the genes that innately shine through on this EP. Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole (shortened as BMFA for the censors) is a tribute to her father, who has had a trying relationship with the chanteuse throughout her upbringing. As evident from the title, Martha does not mince words, and her craft with the crude has fashioned together twenty minutes of punk-drenched folk, dripping with the imagery of heart-wrenching loneliness and soul searching.

Starting with the title track, Martha pours five desperate, separate ballads from her pitcher of influences; her parents, brother, Leonard Cohen's ethereal uplifting depression, Patti Smith punk, and Broadway cabaret. In addition, Wainwright's way with words is beguiling, constantly creating chunks of powerfully moving lyrics that would make her father blush. With such personal tributes as "poetry has no place for a heart that is a whore" in the crass, yet moving title track and "I don't care if you love me too hard" in the whisky-drenched ballad "When the Day is Short," Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole presents all sides of Martha intertwined in a surprisingly cohesive package that hints that more May flowers are due to sprout on the family tree, despite the fact that some may have thorns.

Shain Shapiro
JamBase | England
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[Published on: 4/20/05]

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