11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the warbly, wobbly opening of “Now, Now,” it’s apparent that multi-instrumentalist and singer Annie Clark is serving up something unusual. After warming her chops with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Polyphonic Spree, and the very respectable composer/musician Glenn Branca, Clark takes flight on her own as St. Vincent. The solid and impressive "Marry Me" billows and bows with saw-toothed guitars, swelling strings, grand pianos and playful background choirs, to name but a few musical directions taken here. An undercurrent of contemporary classical ethos runs through much of the set — with echoes of jazz and cabaret — showing a skilled and disciplined musician at work, driven perhaps by cinematic visions or prolific daydreaming. Clark’s voice is a treasure, favoring a straightforward, completely unadorned delivery (no trace of reverb here!), accompanied by a clear-eyed, unblinking stare. Singing “Marry me John, I’ll be so good to you,” Clark manages something just short of a command; it’s a solid promise, a bit of a threat, and nothing like a plea.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the warbly, wobbly opening of “Now, Now,” it’s apparent that multi-instrumentalist and singer Annie Clark is serving up something unusual. After warming her chops with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Polyphonic Spree, and the very respectable composer/musician Glenn Branca, Clark takes flight on her own as St. Vincent. The solid and impressive "Marry Me" billows and bows with saw-toothed guitars, swelling strings, grand pianos and playful background choirs, to name but a few musical directions taken here. An undercurrent of contemporary classical ethos runs through much of the set — with echoes of jazz and cabaret — showing a skilled and disciplined musician at work, driven perhaps by cinematic visions or prolific daydreaming. Clark’s voice is a treasure, favoring a straightforward, completely unadorned delivery (no trace of reverb here!), accompanied by a clear-eyed, unblinking stare. Singing “Marry me John, I’ll be so good to you,” Clark manages something just short of a command; it’s a solid promise, a bit of a threat, and nothing like a plea.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

cubzter ,

Spectacular Album, Sublime Artist

Wow, what a debut album from Dallas artist Annie Clark (aka "St. Vincent"). The New York Times' music reviewer positively gushed about the album...and rightfully so. It's difficult to pin down Annie's style. Some will compare her to Tori Amos, and while I can hear certain similarities I think that comparison is rather thin. With regard to style the NYT said, "But this music floats away from any fixed reference, new or old." In other words, it's innovative...which is something sorely missing in music today.

johnmichaelNOLA ,

A breath of fresh air

Within 24 hours, I was introduced to St. Vincent, saw St. Vincent live, bought the album, and have been blown away by her show and her record. If you are interested in pop music that will twist and turn without straying from its core and great musicianship, this is a record for you. Miss Annie Clark is a breath of fresh air for modern music.

souljinn ,

Fresh and Vibrant

Like the love child of David Bowie and a trippier Sarah McLauglin with Freddie Mercury acting as midwife.

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