- Record Label: Universal
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Feb 25, 2014St. Vincent's real genius is the way it manages to project an aura of perfection while simultaneously showing us its guts; it suggests that while the polished surface may not be a lie, exactly, it's based on a series of elisions that we're all uncomfortably complicit in.
Mar 3, 2014St Vincent is a pop album that, although it might sound more experimental than other pop around, remains accessible and overwhelmingly addictive and impossible to get bored of. St Vincent aka Annie Clark combines on this enchanting new album mixtures of ugliness and beauty, set beside lyrics of an unflinching and thoughtful format, with random sonic textures and guitar riffs that twist and turn each and every track to a force of odd yet exciting sound and material. St Vincent is an overwhelmingly touching album at times, and when it isn't that, its an odd but unavoidable sonic adventure all the while. And St Vincent aka Annie Clark sings beautifully and immeasurably out of every single track. Stunning.… Expand
Mar 1, 2014This is pretty magnificent. An album that is so diverse in style, yet so coherent. It's totally ridiculous to name any favorite tracks, as the whole album is a must-listen.
St. Vincent is a big transformation from the previous album Strange Mercy. And it's a most welcomed one. Not that Strange Mercy is bad; it's terrific. But this is just another level.
St. Vincent has proven herself as one of the most exciting musicians in the scene today.… Expand
Feb 25, 2014The most versatile album, not only by St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) but of the past few years, offers a plethora of delicious snippets. A mental stunner of an album unfolds with a mixture of voluble guitar mayhem, head-bopping brass sections, and twee electro beats. Not only has Annie Clark grown as a musician, she has blossomed into one of indie rock's most unique staples.
The eponymous album begins with a shaky, frantic progressive track entitled "Rattlesnake". It slowly brings the audience closer and closer to the new image Annie has given herself. By the end of the track, the hair is let down, the feet are dancing, and the ever-creative guitar shrieks emerge in full force. Crank the amp up to 11, you're in for a joyride. The album's first single, "Birth In Reverse", offers an arrangement of head-scratching lyrics involving daily routines along with the type of instrumentals for a fast car ride. "Prince Johnny", an angelic, yet peculiar addition gives off simple vibes at the beginning. A seemingly innocent track trudges on until the voice of an angel cuts in to sing a few bars of nothingness. To describe the sheer beauty of this track would be an understatement, no matter how it is described. Just listen and fall in love. "Huey Newton" follows, giving quirky electro rhythms, heavy percussion beats, and soft, sultry acoustic riffs. Once again, this track explodes towards the end, letting a head-banging rock opera materialize. The following single, "Digital Witness", allows the listener to hear the obvious David Byrne influences. With a jazzy brass instrumentation, this track could be considered a bonus track from St. Vincent's 2012 collaboration with David Byrne, Love This Giant. And damn, is it ever catchy. "I Prefer Your Love" slows things down with an classic St. Vincent style, returning to the slow drums, the synth beats, and the calm vocals. This track shows that even with the power of a rock star, St. Vincent can still make a tranquil piece. However, the tranquility doesn't last long when "Regret" rolls in. With a slick bass line, heavenly acoustics, and the always beautiful vocals of Ms. Clark, it's an instant classic. "Bring Me Your Loves" is new. It's a track hidden at the end of unchartered territory. A new, frenzied pace of music sets this song apart from the rest of the album. With heavy guitar bits, an acapella section, and electronic rhythms from outer space, this brilliant, yet insane track provides a different side to the usual sounds heard. "Psychopath", a more straight-forward song, offers more bellowing guitar riffs, even if you were tired of them. With a incomparable instrumentation, it is another reminder of the David Byrne influence. As the album begins to end, "Every Tear Disappears" gives one final shout. Although it isn't an mad dash of sporadic beats, it finalizes the more unique side of Annie Clark's new-found music style. "Severed Crossed Fingers", the end of a masterpiece, the "ride off into the sunset as the credits roll" moment, is the perfect way to finish. Not only does it calm the listeners back down, it allows them to reflect on the last 40 minutes of their lives. What they just finished listening to is something exceptional. Something unable to be replicated.
St. Vincent's fourth effort could be considered her best. It brings in new elements while remaining faithful to the style that got her where she is today. I admire St. Vincent and all she has accomplished. She is not only my favourite female vocalist, but also a top contender for the genre of indie rock. Congrats to you Annie. You and your funky, bleached hairdo.
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Feb 27, 2014With guitar as the main form of change of pace, St. Vincent muses on existentialism without managing to alienate average listeners. It is this concept that makes the album accessible enough for easy listening and lyrically stimulating enough to create deep listening. She hops from genre to genre without failing to meet a common tone that makes what would seem like a disjointed effort in less adroit hands cohesive from start to finish.… Expand
Feb 25, 2014As someone who just recently discovered St. Vincent, I love this album! It is thrilling, exciting, strange and incredibly refreshing! A highly original album. I have not heard any of the other albums, so I cannot compare this to them - but I have heard that this is quite different sonically, so I certainly look forward to listening to those albums. This album does have some flaws, albeit very minor - and that is that some of the songs don't really leave up to the excitement of other songs, but however they are still great songs. Also I think the order of the songs should have been put more coherently, though this doesn't really affect the album. Fans would probably like this due to it's different sound (according to fans) and to it's exciting production, but I must warn; not everyone may like the album due to it being strange upon first listen. But overall, it is fantastic and certainly worth a listen.… Expand
Mar 1, 2014St. Vincent with her self-titled LP, an album which is, my first introduction to a full length project of hers.
And to least say, to start it up, I'm impressed. Well that's so gibberish (jokes aside), this is one heck-of a masterpiece singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark has been cooking up.
With a slide help on the production side from John Congleton, we have, sonically wise an cinematic and colorful experience through out. A journey full of heavy synthesizers, drown-out guitar riffs, distorted sequences. An album, experimental one, which blends the best bags off indie pop/rock music with an ounce of more electronic touch to it all.
A record, yet beautiful, but grimy when Ms. Clark at times comes on twisted, lyrically. Lyrically a more odd figure in todays indie pop/rock I've heard in a while, she's quite unique, so is the writing on this. I love it, really loving it.
And a guitarist as St. Vincent, as innovative of a solo artist, there's have a few off.
Some of the most catchiest hooks, rythms, melodies and instrumentals we are going to have around in twenty-fourteen. Annie Clark is definitely one original and creative artist in music, an artist willing to push the culture, pop, rock, whatever she lays her hands on forward.
If it's ballads, or up-tempo tracks, what you wont be bored with, is her angelic voice.
An extrodinary piece of work from St. Vincent, one of top records we are going to sum up at the end of the year. This self-titled LP is one of the most interesting records I've came across, a favorite it is, St. Vincent is up to top this decade, better watch out.… Expand
Feb 25, 2014Let me preface by saying I am a big St. Vincent fan. I'm not here to rip Annie or anyone who appreciates this album, but as much as I wanted to love it, I am personally disappointed by it. I was skeptical of how it would turn out after hearing the relatively unimpressive first two singles "Birth In Reverse" and "Digital Witness", and unfortunately my concerns were legitimized after getting through the full record. Now I will give Annie credit for continuing to think outside the box. This album is like Strange Mercy's freaky love child. Definitely more quirky and out there than anything she's done. And while it's not a bad effort by any means, what I've come to expect from St. Vincent is nothing but the best, and I find this album lacking the substance found in her previous LPs. I'm a little puzzled at the absurdly high reviews to be honest. You figure there's going to be the St. Vincent fanatics that will give Annie a high score regardless of what it sounds like, but as you can see all of the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Not here to disagree with anyone else's views on the album, just here to give the perspective of someone who very much likes St. Vincent, but couldn't fully latch on to this new record. To me it just seems to lack all those engrossing hooks and melodies from albums past. But perhaps it's a grower, who knows. I still love St. Vincent but I have to call a spade a spade in cases like this.… Collapse
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