Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. 100
    What’s left is an artist reframing the landscape, a reverse-chameleon who can’t camouflage, but transforms the world around her instead. “Pop” is the sound of a bubble bursting.
  2. Oct 13, 2017
    100
    It’s a jittering, coruscating sucker punch of an album--and St. Vincent’s first bona fide masterpiece.
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    100
    It’s the best encapsulation of her vision to date, here fully under her control.
  4. Oct 11, 2017
    100
    MASSEDUCTION is nothing less than an absolutely towering achievement.
  5. Oct 10, 2017
    100
    Along with the equally exceptional St Vincent which came before it, this is the moment that St Vincent enters the fabled realm reserved for the greats.
  6. Oct 9, 2017
    100
    The extremes of emotions are covered on Masseduction: the highs and lows of love, heartbreak and just general life. It is the closest we’ve ever been to Clark, and it’s probably the closest we’ll ever get.
  7. Magnet
    Dec 22, 2017
    95
    What we're witnessing is a woman bowing down to nothing but her own muse. [No. 149, p.61]
  8. 95
    Ultimately, MASSEDUCTION defies explanation and critique, rendering the critic a dead weight in the dust of its ever-accelerating sucker-punch of ideas.
  9. 91
    Five studio albums in, it feels more like another new beginning, and pretty close to a masterpiece.
  10. 91
    The artists for whom Clark now carries the torch were never satisfied with their past accomplishments and were always pushing forward. MASSEDUCTION cements her in this camp.
  11. Oct 12, 2017
    90
    Masseduction delivers sketches of chaos with stunning clarity. It's the work of an always savvy artist at her wittiest and saddest.
  12. Oct 9, 2017
    90
    You wouldn’t want one track or note to be changed or left out. It’s a genuine masterpiece: complex, funny, sexy, bleak, uplifting, inspiring and enthralling from start to finish.
  13. Oct 6, 2017
    90
    MASSEDUCTION defies expectation, defies definition and defies the very idea that definition can exist. It’s an album detailing the mess of identity politics and power structures, and yet it hits serious cohesive highs. There is no cookie-cutter remedy, no rallying cry, just a baker’s dozen viewpoints of the chasm where we once thought order, power, and meaning lived.
  14. Oct 13, 2017
    88
    She drops some of the emotional armor on her fifth studio album, Masseducation, which comes off as not only one of her most ambitious works, but also her most transparent.
  15. Oct 13, 2017
    87
    On MASSEDUCTION, Clark remains as unpredictable as ever, though there’s one thing fans will have gotten right: so far, at least, Annie Clark has proven incapable of writing anything less than a knockout pop song.
  16. Oct 12, 2017
    85
    MASSEDUCTION has set the bar high for the rest of the indie rock universe and proves that St. Vincent is a truly unique talent that is both innovative and entertaining.
  17. The Wire
    Dec 11, 2017
    80
    Clark’s fifth album isn’t a retreat to an earlier style--if anything it’s even brighter, bolder and broader than St Vincent, even more given to IMAX worthy gestures-- but Clark does appear to have reconciled the streamlined automation of her new aesthetic with the orch pop crafting of her first three records, Marry Me (2007), Actor (2009) and Strange Mercy (2011). [Nov 2017, p.64]
  18. 80
    The album is far more interesting when Clark is more introspective, pleading “please don’t hang up yet” on the gorgeous “Hang On Me,” or simply showcasing her noisiest guitar riffs on “Young Lover.”
  19. Oct 18, 2017
    80
    Clark has carved out a space as a guitar hero in an era where that sort of thing is supposed to be over. That is impressive, even if the theatrics occasionally wear me out, and begin to feel like preludes for a visually dynamic live show. I’m much more attracted to MASSEDUCTION’s humbler moments, when you can better imagine the songs without the heavy arrangements.
  20. Oct 18, 2017
    80
    This album, a partnership with top pop whisperer Jack Antonoff, is a masterpiece of confrontational intimacy, and Clark lays herself bare as only a woman who has seen her life suddenly become tabloid fodder can.
  21. Oct 16, 2017
    80
    Clark's baroque musical sensibilities remain intact throughout Masseduction, but the increased tenderness of her vocal performances, coupled with more thematic emphasis on the push and pull of romantic relationships, offers a moving counterweight to St. Vincent's typically wry cultural commentary.
  22. Oct 16, 2017
    80
    Accessible but challenging, Masseduction thumbs its nose at genre while Clark’s choice of producer--Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lorde)--roots it firmly in pop; it is, after all, an attempt to jump Clark from cult act to mass seductress. It’s working.
  23. 80
    A brilliantly-realised evocation of addiction building to crisis-point before the inevitable comedown heralds a change in priorities, it gives some idea of what Clark herself may be building towards.
  24. Oct 13, 2017
    80
    From the very start you can hear and see the ideas that were explored in the clips and videos stretched to their fullest, most histrionic range.
  25. Oct 13, 2017
    80
    Clark promised us "sex and drugs and sadness" on MASSEDUCTION, and while that sounds like a recipe for clichéd disaster, she kept her word and managed to fashion a totally refreshing take in the process.
  26. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    Fans of the last LP will not be disappointed--yes, even with the ones that sound (whisper it) a bit too much like Muse. But there’s so much more here than artful innovation.
  27. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    Sonically, the record gradually unfurls into something similarly captivating though, as Clark ditches the guitar rock for pop that is rich, nuanced and constantly surprising
  28. 80
    In Masseduction we already have both Dorian and his portrait: the fox on the album’s cover, all rampant neons, stockinged legs, and taut flesh, and the inner ravaging--material just too good to keep in the attic.
  29. Oct 11, 2017
    80
    It’s relatable while remaining singular, and unsurprisingly it’s also (mostly) bangin’.
  30. Oct 11, 2017
    80
    Masseduction stays poised between passion and artifice, trusting listeners to decrypt its paradoxes.
  31. Oct 6, 2017
    80
    Dark, intense and utterly compelling record. [Nov 2017, p.98]
  32. Q Magazine
    Oct 6, 2017
    80
    Each St. Vincent album has outclassed the one before, and her fifth is no exception. [Nov 2017, p.106]
  33. Uncut
    Oct 6, 2017
    80
    It's a bravura fusion of dense-art metal/pop and strutting baroque disco. [Nov 2017, p.36]
  34. Oct 16, 2017
    76
    Masseduction often feels fragmentary, like two or three albums in the campaign of one.
  35. Oct 17, 2017
    70
    Compared to previous outings, this may be the most bold and unabashed offering of Annie Clark’s career. It certainly isn’t her best collection of songs outright, but there’s a certain amount of style points that she garners for remaining so committed to bucking the expectations set by her audience and industry.
  36. Oct 16, 2017
    70
    Masseduction doesn’t always sound comfortable letting its artifice crumble, and its half-hearted attempts at social commentary cause it to sag at times. It might not be the preeminent masterpiece many are already making it out to be, but the album does have some great moments, and it bodes good things for the trajectory of St. Vincent’s ongoing career.
  37. Oct 12, 2017
    70
    But for all its merits, much of the chaos on MASSEDUCTION tends to move rapidly in one ear and out the other, making it a pleasant but somewhat faceless affair.
  38. Oct 20, 2017
    60
    There’s the promise of another knockout. One that, unfortunately, takes the liberty of reshaping past half-baked ideas without really adding much flair to Clark’s otherwise intriguing exploration of fame and femininity.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 390 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 390
  1. Oct 13, 2017
    10
    Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before,Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, **** on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it... she's all those things. But actually she's a **** good person. Full Review »
  2. Oct 13, 2017
    10
    Bold, devastating, wickedly funny and yet strangely intimate, St. Vincent's MASSEDUCTION is an exhilarating album that always remains true. AnBold, devastating, wickedly funny and yet strangely intimate, St. Vincent's MASSEDUCTION is an exhilarating album that always remains true. An artistic tour de force, the album showcases the consequential nature of power and fame. Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2017
    10
    This is probably my favorite album of 2017 so far. It’s ambitious, bold, creative, it has Annie’s touch, it’s simply fascinating. It’sThis is probably my favorite album of 2017 so far. It’s ambitious, bold, creative, it has Annie’s touch, it’s simply fascinating. It’s autobiographical, and a bit sad, but also really catchy. Full Review »