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St Vincent

St. Vincent

St Vincent

Fourth album of experimental indie pop from the multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Annie Clark produced by John Congleton (The Polyphonic Spree, The Walkmen)

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Caroline International / Loma Vista / Republic
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  1. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    It’s an album that manages to remain accessible while still sounding challenging and unconventional, an album that can sound heart-stoppingly beautiful one minute and scratchily acerbic the next and, ultimately, an album that’s impossible to grow bored of
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Bold, poised, precise without sounding sterile, St Vincent seems to be a straightforward triumph
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  3. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An album that revels in its strangeness, interspersing some of its more curious stories with cobweb-blasting bursts of sheer joy
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  4. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Clark’s dazzling fourth solo record feels like a breakthrough: the twisted pop, slow-burning ballads and shuddering electronic grooves draw you into her surreal netherworld
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  5. 10.0 |   The FT

    The perfect mix of surface and depth, a disruptive portrait of life in the technological age
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  6. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Annie Clark’s fourth album is frequently extraordinary
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  7. 10.0 |   DIY

    St. Vincent has made a record that allows both careful scrutiny and fearless abandon
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  8. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Annie Clark continues to soar, the crest of her trajectory still out of sight
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  9. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    A bold, ambitious, and perfectly overstuffed album. It’s also, as its eponymous title suggests, a new defining moment in Clark’s ever-evolving career
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  10. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Her most widely appealing album to date, an infectious work that doesn’t ever feel like a compromise
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  11. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    'St. Vincent' is St. Vincent polished and buffed to a high sheen, shorn of all extraneous ornamentation. It's a grand statement of intent, an album that has Clark sounding - finally! - like herself; but also one that judiciously edits her messy musical past into a coherent narrative
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  12. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    We can compartmentalize, standing in awe of the production and sheer skill on display, studying each flicker and nuance. Or we can sit back and let it work us over as the cohesive and pummeling statement that it is
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  13. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Listening to St. Vincent is a more enjoyable experience each time you press play, thanks to its seemingly bottomless well of inspiration
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  14. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    If St. Vincent owes itself to anything, it’s Clark’s post-Strange Mercy indulgence in spooky and punishing punk rock, from the Pop Group’s abstracta to Big Black’s straight and narrow shredding
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  15. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    St. Vincent is a challenging art pop album that convincingly balances the beautiful with the ugly, and ultimately stays human despite its futuristic leanings
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  16. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Her guitar may be her primary tool for shaking up and complicating otherwise strictly defined songwriting, but Clark's voice remains the thing that defines her material, the glittering lynchpin of the glorious, ever-expanding world she's created
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  17. 9.0 |   The 405

    Everything is tinged with a hint of black humour and, no matter how abrasive and chaotic something sounds, each track has been put together with such meticulous detail
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  18. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Annie Clark’s self-titled fourth album is the definitive St. Vincent experience, engineered to perfection and stuffed to the gills with bold, fascinating hooks.
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  19. 9.0 |   The Fly

    Throughout, there’s a weird, clinical feel that’s a plumb fit for Clark’s coolly detached musings
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  20. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    St. Vincent continues Clark's run as one of the past decade's most distinct and innovative guitarists, though she's never one to showboat
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  21. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    On a whole, St. Vincent might not be quite as distinctive or as audacious as Strange Mercy. Clark, however, has found a consistency which is rare among artists, stemming from the confidence she has in her voice and vision
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  22. 8.0 |   The List

    An album that both confronts and comforts, soothes and shocks, but above all, entertains and enthrals
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  23. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    St Vincent may be intimidating in its intelligence, but it remains overwhelmingly accessible
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  24. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    No instrument or melody is allowed to dominate, and the end result is a deftly-woven, endearingly direct tapestry of genres
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  25. 8.0 |   State

    This is the album when she decided to stop making sense of a world that refuses to, and she’s made all that frustration, confusion and sadness so entirely palpable that one can take solace in these songs and forget about the world at large
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  26. 8.0 |   Spin

    You cannot imagine anyone else pulling this off. St. Vincent is the work of a true artist
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  27. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    This album is haunted by isolation, dark hungers, regret and even death. But the playful way these songs contort makes pain feel like a party
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  28. 8.0 |   All Music

    St. Vincent is some of her most pop-oriented work, yet it doesn't dilute the essence of her music
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  29. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Darkly entertaining, thoughtful and a little threatening. Print edition only

  30. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Taut, ever so slightly paranoid, Byre-influenced P-funk. Print edition only

  31. 8.0 |   Q

    Sounds that underscore the presence of a real talent, a magnetic performer. Print edition only

  32. 8.0 |   Clash

    Every song bashes together classic pop with new surprises, pushing this album into must-have territory
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  33. 8.0 |   The Music

    It’s the little asides and afterthoughts like that just to keep you that bit off balance and thinking that captivate. She remains special
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  34. 8.0 |   NME

    Clark's readiness to be freakish and alone has translated into her songwriting, which is bolder than ever
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  35. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Her reality is so much better than ours, and you know what? We’re okay with that. Just so long as we’re still allowed to share in it
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  36. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A beguiling collection by someone with the courage and vision to reach that bit further
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  37. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Throughout there’s a determination to find the appeal in paradox
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  38. 8.0 |   Crack

    This album is above all a homage to David Byrne’s insightful tutoring, forcing a dauntless St. Vincent into grasping and tasting her greatest selection of building blocks yet
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  39. 6.0 |   The Observer

    These 11 songs are by far Annie Clark's most accessible but all retain her signature quirks
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  40. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Any sense of unpredictability, at least in any experimental sense, often disappears into what can become quite a messy, muddy and (occasionally) even monotonous record
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