MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too (Maple/Universal)


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Thankfully, Martha Wainwright’s moved on from the poor-little-rich-girl motif of her dad-bashing eponymous debut – by no means a bad album, but to revisit those themes would have made for an intolerably self-indulgent follow-up. Instead, the adulterously ?titled I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, which certainly has its issues, comes across as more grounded, learned and confident: Wainwright isn’t fighting for a share of the family spotlight any more.

Despite her recent marriage, Wainwright sounds like the chain-smoking other woman waiting by the phone on leadoff single Bleeding All Over You and the equally scornful You Cheated Me, with its voluminous and memorable chorus. A parental theme pops up on In The Middle Of The Night, where Wainwright desperately confronts her mother’s (Kate McGarrigle) cancer scare in a rousing folk stomp. And holy shit, what a guest list: Pete Townshend, Donald Fagen, Garth Hudson, among others. Actually, judging by this impressive second album, they’re lucky she called them.

Martha Wainwright hits the Mod Club Friday (June 6) Harbourfront July 1.

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