[image-4]Published June 12, 2008.
I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
Martha Wainwright is a patron saint for anyone who's stayed home alone on a Friday night to drink loads of red wine and bawl until passing out on the bathroom floor. Songs like "I Will Internalize" and, of course, Wainwright's growling homage to her dad, Loudon "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole," are, at worst, self-indulgent confessions, but always gut-wrenchingly honest. While I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Toois touted as Wainwright's post-wedding, happy-bliss album, there are no dangerous declarations of everlasting love (remember how well Let Love Ruleworked for Lenny Kravitz?); she's as dark and dramatic as ever.
Charming, cheeky and with erratic emotions in check, this is Wainwright's turn to take the family spotlight. On "You Cheated Me" she updates a 1960s Lesley Gore style of singing pretty and upbeat while "you run your scared lil ass down the block." Pete Townsend and mom Kate McGarrigle help out on this track and others, and brother Rufus lends vocal talent to "The George Song." Wainwright even manages to turn the Syd Barrett-penned "See Emily Play" into a cute pop tune. But the future's not all pretty: even an alt-countrified cover of the Eurythmics' "Love is a Stranger" warns of dangerous obsessions, and how love touches and teases.
Sue Carter Flinn