St. Vincent's second self-titled album is where her pop chops truly met with her avant-pop stylings. It's funky, angular, discordant, catchy and futuristic simultaneously, breeding the hits "Digital Witness", "Birth In Reverse" and "Regret". There's also some tasty downtempo numbers in the form of "Prince Johnny" and "I Prefer Your Love". 'St. Vincent' is Annie Clark's most diverse album to date, and arguably her finest hour. It's my personal favourite anyway...
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9/10 Charlie H 18th March 2014
Having been a fan of St. Vincent since the very beginning, I was eagerly awaiting this album, and safe to say it did not disappoint. St. Vincent has always had a very unique style, and it feels like the fine tuning she has been doing has really paid off with this self-titled album because it sounds so innately St. Vincent. Upbeat, so easy to dance to, and of course the lyrics say so much more than the words themselves ever could because Annie Clark never writes without meaning. In short I loved it, and have listened to it more times than I can count. Looking forward to hearing it live in May!
9/10 constantino_chr 24th February 2014
'Prince Johnny' is a swooning ballad with a distant minimoog melody which showcases Annie's gorgeous vocals. Things get funky on the standout track 'Huey Newton', the song floats on a hip-hop recalling groove with crisp synths before it blasts into a huge distorted guitar riff (Annie's specialty. The influence of David Byrne is most prominent on the track 'Digital Witness' in which she vents her frustration with the technology obsessed world we live in. The brassy instrumentation wouldn't have been out of place on Love This Giant. The melody of the heart wrenching 'I Prefer Your Love' recalls Sinead O' Connor's version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' whilst the etherial production recalls Julia Holter's 'Hello Stranger'. It's absolutely mesmerizing. The second half of this record is when the album gets into poppier territory and this is no bad thing.The insatiably fun 'Bring Me All Your Loves' sounds like a 00's pop star malfunctioning over an onslaught of distorted riffs and synths. The outstanding moment on this album though (and what may well be her best track yet) is 'Psychopath', it's unashamedly pop whilst still maintaining her unique sound. The souring hook "Keep me on your soft sites when all of the rest have moved on" is backed by subtle yet wistful synths and fluttering guitar strums. The record reaches a fittingly majestic climax on the closer 'Severed Crossed Fingers'. The light and fluffy production juxtaposes the gruesome lyrics, the macabre couplet "Spitting our guts from their gears/ draining our spleen over years", being a prime example. A wonderful barbed-wire sandwich that leaves you wanting more. It isn't easy to create such beauty in a sea of distortion and noise, but Annie Clark manages it every time and this is why she is one of the greatest musicians in the world right now. Her immense talent for storytelling, observations of her surroundings and bearing of her soul cannot be disputed. She is truly the master of controlled chaos.
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