Actor by St. Vincent

Recent St. Vincent LPs have seen Annie Clark take on a sort of cyborg ice-queen persona. To the untrained eye it would appear that her second album, 2009’s ‘Actor’, is a far more spy and sprightly affair. However, dig beneath the surface of these vaguely grungy baroque-pop numbers and you'll be able to track that same sense of uncanniness which courses through records like ‘Masseducation’. We miss ‘Actor’s Disney-gone-wrong vibe - for us, this record contains some of Clark’s strongest material.

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Actor by St. Vincent
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9/10 Phil 30 April 2009
I'm getting into a habit of ignoring top debut albums and 'getting it' on the 2nd album. I did it with Bat For Lashes (who I stalked on Youtube for a good hour or 2 last night... The 'What's a Girl To Do' video is top!) and I'm doing it again with St Vincent. I thought the last single was excellent and the album has been played a few times in the office so I've had time to get my head around it. It's a quirky beast alright. There's some proper skewed pop and songwriting on here. The arrangements are well far out and it doesn't really sound like anything else at all I can think of. Check out the Neighbours to hear get an idea of what I mean... It's all over the place but it's held together by Clark's top songwriting. It's very cinematic in its scope and in its sound with some sweeping arrangements taking you by the horns and only letting you go when some massive drums come in and confuse the fuck out of you. I can hear melodies from a few songs but I think they'd just throw you off the scent if I said who they were as the music doesn't sound like them at all (OK there's a song which reminds of 'Mary's Child' by Boney M.... But then another reminds me of an old Screaming Trees tune....) See I said it wouldn't help. Actor is a really delightful charming record which I seriously think you should check out as it's well interesting.



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