ALBUM REVIEW: Martha Wainwright – Love Will Be Reborn | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Pheromone Records/Cooking Vinyl

Released: 20.08.21







Martha Wainwright’s first collection of “songs about love and pain” in five years is a mostly optimistic offering, occasionally “crying into gin” on the sprawling bluesy Americana of Report Card; unsurprising given her recent divorce. “Why do I have to go on for the kids?” she asks in her trademark drawl on Rainbow, but the hook is so memorable, there’s only upbeat vibes that remain.

The title track is a quiet refrain of positivity that bubbles under hypnotic beats; Body And Soul is simply sublime and on the brutally honest Getting Older she intones: I was making my own bed, I was picturing my death.” (Re)born out of pain or not, she’s rarely sounded so alive.


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