By Kristina Feliciano
April 18, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Martha Wainwright

Rufus’ younger sibling is a fiery folkie whose raw power makes today’s polite singer-songwriters seem like aimless weaklings. Martha Wainwright‘s barbed lyrics about love and relationships sound like she scrawled them on a whiskey-soaked night — she’s a briny Bridget Jones. But, like her brother, she’s also drawn to beauty, gilding her grabby melodies with touches of opulence (like the Mercury Rev-ish psychedelia in ”Far Away”). Rufus makes a guest appearance near the album’s end, but by then it’s clear that sister is doing it for herself.

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