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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2009
All I had heard of this album was that it was better than her debut album Marry Me, which I greatly enjoyed. And while it's a good album, it's not better than Marry Me. In fact, I'd say it's the other way around.

If you appreciated the complex arrangements of the first, it's quite noticeable that, as stated by the artist, she used Garage Band to compose the music. There's a fairly overbearing drumbeat through most of the tracks that I felt distracted from the arrangements for which she was previously known. The enjoyable tempo shifts and changes in pace that worked so well in the first album are disguised by that same beat that seems to plod along throughout the entire song. This does seem to cease at around track 8, but that doesn't leave a lot of the album left.

What I appreciated about the first album was it's intricate structure, melody and harmony, that came from a wide range of sources, (Marry Me contained everything from violin and cello to upright bass and vibraphone) and how all those sources interacted and/or clashed to form the structure of the songs. Actor offers little, save for a distracting, overbearing, seemingly electronic beat, to substitute for the wide array of instruments used on the first, which, despite what other reviewers have stated, is much more musically dense than Actor.

Marry Me is a much better album, in my opinion, in structure and content. As such, it's not that this album's bad, it's just not as good as it's predecessor. Here's hoping for a return to form on the next album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2010
I enjoy a wide range of music and after hearing St. Vincent on "The World Cafe" with David Dye, I was eager to listen to "Actor" in its entirety. Unfortunately, I must admit that I was a little disappointed. While I give Annie Clark credit for creativity, most of the songs did not grab me, and a few of them were rather grating. I agree with several other reviewers, who were put off by the drum machine beats on many of the songs, which were unnecessarily distracting. The distortion that was used on several of the songs also didn't work for me. I'll keep St. Vincent on my radar screen, because I think that there is a lot of potential here, and I will give "Marry Me" a listen, but I can't highly recommend "Actor."
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2009
I won't bother with a title for this article because there's no way to sum up this album in just a few words.

I will say that St. Vincent is talented and one-of-a-kind with the music she creates. With this release, the songwriting takes a turn in many different directions.

Sadly, some of the tracks have a feel and sound like indie artists that fall in the same style as her. There are tracks that use many layers that work really well and engage the listener. Others are very abrasive and abstract, wondering what went through the artists' mind.

By no means does this album top "Marry Me" because the and layering is almost too much, and some of the sounds/music come across as looped over-produced samples. Also, the general lack of guitar work makes the music feel mish-mashed and thrown together without a driving chord or discernible tempo to tie it up. The more I listen to it, the fewer tracks I enjoy because of this.

This album is OK. It's no measure compared to "Marry Me."
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on January 20, 2015
Was purchased for someone else.
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