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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was co-produced with Jack Antonoff and features contributions from Tuck & Patti Andress, Thomas Bartlett, Rich Hinman, Greg Leisz, Jenny Lewis, Sounwave, and Kamasi Washington.
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New York isn't New York without you, love So far in a few blocks, to be so low If I call you from First Avenue Well you're the only motherfucker in... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  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 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.
  3. 91
    Five studio albums in, it feels more like another new beginning, and pretty close to a masterpiece.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 47
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
  3. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    Annie Clark has always given the indie world delicious, complex melodies blended smoothly with stunning instrumentals. it seems with everyAnnie Clark has always given the indie world delicious, complex melodies blended smoothly with stunning instrumentals. it seems with every album she gets better and better though, paving her way as one of those rare 21st century artists who has established a deep-rooted legacy already before their 40s. Masseduction, her second finest album (self-titled is my fav), feels exhilarating on first listen, with its ever fabulous flourishes of Clark-characteristic guitar licks and humid synths. on her last album, Clark pretty much ditched the baroque pop sensibilities of her first three solo albums, and here she ups the ante even further with soul-fueled glam rock. if there was ever any anxiety that she might have lost a spark since her self-titled album, its immediately shut down by the first two songs here.
    first we got some fuzzy and uplifting art rock with astonishing opener Hang on Me. the second track, Pills, is a progressive glam rock early standout. this absolute banger starts a verse-chorus structure with a late 60s tv jingle type chorus that is a bit unsettling with its recalling of all things pills can help with in a day-to-day context. 2 minutes and 50 seconds in is when the song really moves the listener, with a Bewlay Brothers-reminiscent guitar outro. the fun has only just started though. other highlights include: Savior, an irresistibly funky space-age sex jam; Los Ageless, a dance-rock banger with instantly memorable riffs, impressive vocals and an outro slightly redolent of Lorde's Supercut (both were co-produced by Jack Antonoff); the glitchy, manic Fear the Future; and of course the epic, emotive closer, Smoking Section, a glam waltz with haunting, atmospheric harmonies.
    this is really everything 2017 needed in music and more. a 21st century glam rock masterpiece. thank you St. Vincent, we love you so much.
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  2. 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. Expand
  3. Jan 4, 2018
    10
    La aclamada bomba esplosiva de emociones plásticas y superficiales donde nos embarca en el mundo del Glam con todo lo que este trae en susLa aclamada bomba esplosiva de emociones plásticas y superficiales donde nos embarca en el mundo del Glam con todo lo que este trae en sus manos para ofrecer. Unos de los álbumes del año, explosivo y asombroso. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2017
    10
    St. Vincent finds something unique and strangely powerful on MASSEDUCTION that digs into the inner core of what it's like to live life andSt. Vincent finds something unique and strangely powerful on MASSEDUCTION that digs into the inner core of what it's like to live life and feel life to the very fullest. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2017
    10
    MASSEDUCTION is by far Ms. Clark's most experimental, complex and entertaining album to date. With every album, she edges closer and closer toMASSEDUCTION is by far Ms. Clark's most experimental, complex and entertaining album to date. With every album, she edges closer and closer to a masterpiece. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2017
    9
    What a wonderful and intense journey Annie Clark brings us on with Masseduction. With her mixture of beautiful ballads and hard hittingWhat a wonderful and intense journey Annie Clark brings us on with Masseduction. With her mixture of beautiful ballads and hard hitting alternative tracks, Clark brings us her best album to date. Download: Los Ageless, Happy Birthday Johnny, Masseduction. Expand
  7. May 4, 2018
    7
    I love that some of my favorite, independent female artists are beginning to open up and create music about their personal explorations withI love that some of my favorite, independent female artists are beginning to open up and create music about their personal explorations with sexuality. It offers music that is much more personalized, as opposed to the shallow and exploitative crap that mainstream pop and hip-hop try to push on us all. This album, to me, pushes social progress forward in terms of not just using sex, but discussing it. Aggressive, American Capitalist Culture has gone too far to completely de-personalize sexuality for each individual, and it's really nice to have an album that, even as a cis-male, I can relate to. It's not dumbed down--it's well thought out.

    Having said that, the composition of this album loses its composure. It starts out feeling like it's going to be a hard-core concept album through and through, but it falters and just kind runs until the end without really being compelling as a whole product. That's pry my only major issue with this album: beyond its themes lyrically, aesthetically as a whole it's not so much an exclamation point added into Annie Clark's discography so much as it is a semi colon that implies expectations that there is more to follow.
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