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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Concord - Loma Vista - Caroline

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 12, 2011 | 4AD

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As clever and insightful as Annie Clark's first two St. Vincent albums were, she sometimes seemed slightly removed, and perhaps somewhat above, her songs’ subjects. However, she’s down and dirty with them on Strange Mercy, a collection of cracked veneers, eye-level confessions, and portraits of breaking points. It’s tempting to call this her most genuine album, but it’s probably more accurate to say it’s Clark's least academic-feeling set of songs. Contrast has always been a major part of her music, and Strange Mercy's juxtapositions of harshness, softness, truth, lies, cruelty, and kindness feel especially pointed and potent. Most apparent is her use of opposing sounds; working with producer John Congleton, she focuses on luxurious strings and woodwinds that float above wobbly keyboards and ugly, distorted guitars that emphasize that these songs are under pressure. Clark finds plenty of range within this palette, though, busting out the talkbox on “Neutered Fruit”’s confrontational jazz-rock and a dance-pop beat on the subtly frantic “Hysterical Strength.” Less obvious are the emotional shifts many of these songs undergo, and how they blur the album’s contrasts. On the title track, Clark goes from vulnerable to protective to violent as she sings “I’ll tell you good news that I don’t believe/If it will help you sleep,” and on “Champagne Year,” she confesses and deceives at the same time. “Cruel” is Strange Mercy's definitive track, putting inspired lyrics like “They could take or leave you/So they took you then they left you” atop strings and woodwinds straight from a vintage musical and a messed-up, fuzzed-out guitar solo. The song gets increasingly anxious as it closes, a pattern Clark repeats throughout the album; indeed, while these songs are some of her most fragmented, each song on Strange Mercy is tied to another. “Surgeon” shares a stuttering beat with opening track “Chloe in the Afternoon” and a similar melody to the declaration of independence that is “Cheerleader.” There’s so much going on musically on Strange Mercy that it could be easy to overlook Clark's growth as a songwriter, but “Year of the Tiger” boasts fully realized storytelling as well as a melody that would do Joni Mitchell or Carole King proud. Full of great lyrics and great playing, Strange Mercy is St. Vincent's most reflective and most audacious album to date, and Clark remains as delicately uncompromising an artist as ever. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2015 | Concord - Loma Vista - Caroline

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista

For St. Vincent’s 4th album released in 2013, self-titled as St. Vincent, the genius of Annie Clark exploded like never before. She brought with it her fascinating writing style, weird and wacky instrumentations, a sumptuous and elastic voice, not to mention an unparalleled final assembly. It’s not something everyone can do: succeed in uniting both a Talking Heads-like spirit and the noteworthy textures of King Crimson, while also leaning in the direction of 80s new wave and Bowie… Four years later, the Texan multi-instrumentalist has gone down a similar path. St. Vincent heads off again in the most experimental directions, always staying in line with the goal of composing the perfect pop song. In doing so, she never risks becoming an American Björk and stays rooted to her pop DNA. Indeed, it is when she strips back the accompanying instruments that she is at her most convincing. Such is the case for New York, a sublime love letter to a lost love in the Big Apple, put together with a simple piano that in itself makes Masseduction worth buying… This fifth album also has the particularity of being without a doubt the most personal by the author. Annie Clark exposes herself, opening up about herself and her life like never before. She steers clear of any hot gossip about her past lovers Cara Delevigne or Kristen Stewart, but does use a more intimate language this time round, removing any make-up from her lyrics. These introspections still don’t inhibit any eccentric breaks that sometimes verge on surrealism. Above all, Masseduction is the record from St. Vincent that’s perhaps the most… bowiesque? © MZ/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 12, 2018 | Loma Vista Recordings

While Annie Clark is a beast on the guitar, obsessed with futuristic and mad sounds, she’s first and foremost a composer. And to highlight the musical layers of her songs, the brain behind St Vincent decided to strip them bare for MassEducation. Co-produced with pianist Thomas Bartlett, it is a fully acoustic – vocals and piano – reinterpretation of her album Masseduction released a year before, in October 2017. For the fans who know her electric tracks by heart, it is without doubt an intense and beautiful experience. For others, it may take a bit of getting used to. This stylistic exercise also showcases Clark’s vocal capabilities, a true vocalist and comedian who takes even her smallest ideas all the way. In fact it is her voice that fills the instrumental bareness and makes this album such an enchanting experience. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released December 13, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 5, 2009 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 1, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2015 | Concord Records, Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 10, 2007 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 9, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Concord - Loma Vista - Caroline

Annie Clark began recording St. Vincent almost immediately after she finished touring in support of Love This Giant, her inspired collaboration with David Byrne. It's not hard to hear the influence that album had on these songs: Love This Giant's literal and figurative brassiness gave Clark's witty yet thoughtful approach more sass without sacrificing any of her intelligence. Similarly, while St. Vincent is some of her most pop-oriented work, it doesn't dilute the essence of her music. If anything, her razor-sharp wit is even more potent when polished in a candy coating with just a hint of venom. This is especially true of the album's singles: on "Digital Witness," one of the songs with the closest kinship to her "Love This Giant" work, she juxtaposes pointed commentary ("If you can't see me/What's the point of doing anything?") with Valley Girl "yeah"s in a trenchant expression of the 21st century's constant oversharing and need for validation. This somewhat frantic undercurrent bubbles to the surface on "Birth in Reverse," one of Clark's most immediately winning singles since "Actor Out of Work," and one that makes retreat seem nearly as exciting as revolution. Here and throughout the album, Clark and longtime producer John Congleton use their signature, proudly artificial sound to highlight her direct storytelling, whether it's the way "I Prefer Your Love"'s trip-hoppy sheen lets the declaration "I prefer your love to Jesus" ring out more boldly or the way Clark sings "I'm afraid of you because I can't be left behind" gives the lie to her brash guitar playing on "Regret." As on Strange Mercy, Clark explores strength and vulnerability in ever more masterful, and approachable, ways. Not every song may be as literally autobiographical as "Rattlesnake," which was inspired by a secluded walk in the desert in the altogether. Yet there's more than a kernel of emotional truth to "Prince Johnny," where Clark's character ends up even more exposed thanks to some songwriting sleight-of-hand. The hallucinatory, funky "Huey Newton" and the decaying power ballad "Severed Crossed Fingers" show off not just Clark's musical range, but just how eloquently she blends passion and precision. And, as her most satisfying, artful, and accessible album yet, St. Vincent earns its title. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 22, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 10, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 13, 2012 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 6, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 25, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 13, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 11, 2019 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 15, 2011 | 4AD

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St. Vincent in the magazine
  • Reeducation
    Reeducation While Annie Clark is a beast on the guitar, obsessed with futuristic and mad sounds, she’s first and foremost a composer.
  • The passion of St. Vincent
    The passion of St. Vincent Is Annie Clark the reincarnation of David Bowie?
  • St. Vincent - Qobuz Interview
    St. Vincent - Qobuz Interview Meet Annie Clark, the voice behind the fourth album effort of St. Vincent, which confirms the immense talent of this young composer as she puts her own spin on rock fusion, electro and new wave.
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    The Qobuz Minute #2 Presented by Barry Moore, The Qobuz Minute sweeps you away to the 4 corners of the musical universe to bring you an eclectic mix of today's brightest talents. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music ...