Strange Mercy - St. Vincent
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Universal acclaim- based on 115 Ratings

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  • Summary: St. Vincent, otherwise known as Annie Clark, releases her third album, produced by John Congleton.
  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Sep 11, 2011
    100
    The modulations and switches in pace remain as bold as ever, and Clark has a knack for memorable melody and a winning voice with shades of Kate Bush and Leslie Feist.
  2. 90
    Strange Mercy is more mysterious than its predecessors, the references more obscure, but it also feels more personal.
  3. Jan 3, 2012
    90
    St. Vincent's most sonically rich effort to date.
  4. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    It's a little top-heavy, and meanders towards the end, but it's smart, demanding and unique, too.
  5. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is an astounding electric guitarist, yet on her absorbing third album she never puts her mastery of the instrument ahead of a great song.
  6. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    Strange Mercy is her best yet, a deft mixture of self-confession, master class musicality, and downright unshakable songs.
  7. Sep 1, 2011
    60
    Ultimately Strange Mercy sounds like her best record still lies ahead, once she feels a little more at ease with balancing her obviously multiple talents.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    10
    This album has the precision of a surgeon and the cruelness of a puppy. All the experimentation and blips and dissonance, it works out so damnThis album has the precision of a surgeon and the cruelness of a puppy. All the experimentation and blips and dissonance, it works out so damn well! Strange Mercy simply one of the best, if not, the best pop albums of 2011. I am in love with this. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    10
    Marvelously created, beautifully designed and planned, and fantastically performed. And it has Surgeon: that's enough to say. St Vincent hasMarvelously created, beautifully designed and planned, and fantastically performed. And it has Surgeon: that's enough to say. St Vincent has nothing else to prove, she is just great. Bravo! Expand
  3. Jan 8, 2012
    10
    In her own words, Annie Clark said this album was wirtten in a solitude moment of her life, and it sounds very personal. It's like she put allIn her own words, Annie Clark said this album was wirtten in a solitude moment of her life, and it sounds very personal. It's like she put all of her thoughts about life itself in this album, and they seem to be brilliant. She left behind the experimental/baroque sound of "Actor", and gave us a different kind of pop, mixed with folk. It is one of the marvelous CDs from last year. Expand
  4. Dec 25, 2011
    9
    This is a sometimes beautiful, sometimes experimental and always interesting record. It's still growing on me but I think it might be growingThis is a sometimes beautiful, sometimes experimental and always interesting record. It's still growing on me but I think it might be growing on me for a long while to come. And what a voice. Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2011
    9
    I find this one the more varied than the rest of her albums. Absolutely brilliant as always. We assume that there will be many people who findI find this one the more varied than the rest of her albums. Absolutely brilliant as always. We assume that there will be many people who find it hard to provide an opportunity for St. Vincent, that didn't agree with that kind of pop or because it dismay them the references to symphonic rock, but even they would recommend Strange Mercy because it is a clear demonstration of what Clark can do with talent unlike many others, trying to enlarge a style. Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2011
    9
    Annie turned it up a notch with Strange Mercy, which is deffo her best so far. Lyrically, it's simple but clever and how cannot i resistAnnie turned it up a notch with Strange Mercy, which is deffo her best so far. Lyrically, it's simple but clever and how cannot i resist loving the brilliant erotic delivery in Chloe In The Afternoon or the fusion of her voice into the guitar freakout in Northern Lights? Flabbergasting masterwork. Expand
  7. Sep 14, 2011
    5
    Just another Tori Amos trying to reach Kate Bush level. No chance. Songs are boring, no surprises at all. At least lyrics is not bad. To sumJust another Tori Amos trying to reach Kate Bush level. No chance. Songs are boring, no surprises at all. At least lyrics is not bad. To sum up, nothing to be so excited about. Critics definitely went wrong. Expand

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