Strange Mercy was the third album from Annie Clark (aka St Vincent) and showcases her ability to role play literally any form of music without excelling at any of them. There's R&B, soul, funk, art pop and a bit of glam all coagulated together on a restless album that seems designed to showcase all of her abilities. It's also one of the albums made when she had her Leo Sayer styled curly hair in case any of you have a problem with that.
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I don't know about you but I don't trust anyone with curly hair. From Leo Sayer to Malcolm McLaren, you have to give them a very, very wide berth. St Vincent is a lady from New York who once toured with Sufjan Stevens, a man I had a bizarre dream about last night where he turned out to be completely insane. St Vincent seems to get a lot of plaudits but why? On tracks like 'Cruel' the music is a cheesy dancey thing with her warbling over the top and passes off entirely without incident. 'Cheerleader' is better with a quiet verse giving way to a pumping chorus that is catchy yet odd. It reminds me of someone. It's kind of like an electronic maelstrom of chamber pop, show tunes, wandering Kate Bush like whimsy and Bowie-esque pomp. It's here there and everywhere without really ever making your ears prick up, too busy is it with veering from style to style, tempo to tempo within the same track. Too clever by half to be able to understand it all on first listen, it just sounds like a mess but sometimes these end up as the albums you eventually can't live without. That said 'Surgeon' features a synthesizer solo so horrid I'm actually in physical pain after listening to it.
6/10 basile ferriot
Oh yeah, this album is kind of a drag. The previous one, Actor, was way more interesting, and saw her really shine live too...And yes, horrible synth solo, 2nd degree or not. Come on Annie, you can do better!
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