Marry Me - St. Vincent
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  • Summary: Polyphonic Spree member Annie Clark releases her debut album.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. Marry Me, seduces with one hand and stabs with the other.
  2. All the hoopla may be a bit much (the evil carnival of 'Paris Is Burning' alone appears to contain 47 different musical effects), but this saint is worthy of her own cult following.
  3. As with most any debut, Marry Me is imperfect and not without clear misfires, but with Clark’s unwavering confidence, the whole record seems clearly aware of this, and these failures still serve a purpose.
  4. Titling your major label bow Marry Me builds certain expectations. Thankfully, everywhere on her full-length debut, Annie Clark makes the title's request impossible.
  5. This disc is both violent and romantic, offering warm singer-songwriter torch songs and jagged avant-noise frays with large-hearted choral flourishes.
  6. In the studio, it’s a totally different beast--a little soggy with orchestral coloring and the 24-track fuckery often seems rote. Taking St. Vincent at face value, Marry Me can be an enervating listen because Clark is playing against her strengths.
  7. Clark never seems able to strip away all the orchestration to show true emotion on Marry Me.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Dec 28, 2013
    9
    With the exception of the confusing and overall terrible "The Apocalypse Song", this debut album from St. Vincent is a spectacular collection of deep lyrics and bizarre melodies. This album showed a lot of potential from the artist, who is obviously a talented singer and an even better song-writer. For those coming to this album after hearing Actor or Strange Mercy, do not expect to love this album immediately. It shows a much stronger jazz influence than her other work that was off-putting even to me when I first heard it. However, given the chance, the overwhelming brilliance of tracks like "My Lips Are Red", "Paris Is Burning", "All My Stars Aligned", and "Human Racing" is too big to ignore, and you will love it like the others. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    8
    An impressive debut album. I love most of the songs while some are not as good as the other. Other than that disparity the album deserves high praise and a great introduction to this great artist. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    8
    Annie Clark shows impressive skill, as far as debuts go. Marry Me is a challenging record, unlike Actor and Strange Mercy which I found to be quite accessible. From her soft vocals, to her distorted guitar, this is a female musician that's an early contender for rock legend. The track Marry Me is among one of her best songs she's written.

    All In All, St. Vincent shows hefty potential on Marry Me, which is indeed a great debut record. B+
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  4. Sep 10, 2010
    7
    Annie Clark's debut as St. Vincent allows her to express inner turmoil and chaos more effectively than when she was Annie Clark of the Polyphonic Spree or Sufjan Stevens' band. This is a good thing. Expand

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