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"Far Away" opens Martha Wainwright's self-titled debut sounding like The Carpenters' "Superstar", although having more of the darkness of the Sonic Youth cover version. The entire Wainwright/McGarrigle family have great voices and Martha is no exception. The soaring backing vocals ad something to th ...

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Martha Wainwright by Martha Wainwright
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 19th February 2015

"Far Away" opens Martha Wainwright's self-titled debut sounding like The Carpenters' "Superstar", although having more of the darkness of the Sonic Youth cover version. The entire Wainwright/McGarrigle family have great voices and Martha is no exception. The soaring backing vocals ad something to the opening track to save it from being a little bland. "G.P.T." is more upbeat than the opener and once again backing vocals are used to good effect. This album is notorious for containing the song, apparently about her dad, Loudon Wainwright, "Bloody Mother fucking Asshole", If Loudon Wainwright was the intended target or not, it's still a great exercise in catharsis. Brother, Rufus adds an eerie backing vocal to "Don't Forget". It's a good album, it's background music though. Nothing really stands out and asks you to give it its full attention.


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