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  • Summary: Polyphonic Spree member Annie Clark releases her debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Russ
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    Amazing!
  2. FredJ.
    Aug 1, 2007
    10
    Fantastic album. Marry Me is one of my favorite albums of 2007 so far.
  3. Apr 27, 2014
    9
    If I had this without knowing the rest of her catalog, I'd be even more thrilled & would've considered giving this a "10" rather than a "9",If I had this without knowing the rest of her catalog, I'd be even more thrilled & would've considered giving this a "10" rather than a "9", but... her second album "Actor" (2009) is even more brilliant & I gave it, & the even more brilliant albums that followed it all ratings of "10"- "Strange Mercy" (2011) & "St. Vincent" (2014). Expand
  4. PerspicaciousCritic
    Aug 1, 2007
    8
    Why isn't Sinead O'Connor making music like this anymore?
  5. 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 beAnnie 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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  6. AshleyPersson
    Aug 24, 2007
    8
    The writing talents of Jeff Buckley, layered under Kate Bush's sound. It really really is pretty damn good.
  7. christianP.
    Aug 5, 2007
    6
    I agree with the lower scores from critics because, like they mention, this album is very scattered and a bit overwhelming (not in a good I agree with the lower scores from critics because, like they mention, this album is very scattered and a bit overwhelming (not in a good way). Clark shows tons of potential but oversteps too often. She is obviously a talented writer, arranger, and musician, but needs to reel it in a bit and focus her output. Know when to say when. The album still makes for a very interesting listen. Expand

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