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Marry Me

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St. Vincent is the moniker of singer/multi-instrumentalist/composer Annie Clark and this is her debut full-length. She's opened for such diverse acts as Television, Jose Gonzalez, and Sufjan Stevens, and she's an inventive and versatile guitarist who has also performed with avant-garde composer Glenn Branca. On this record, she writes cinematic pop epics that feel at times like Paris in the 20s before all the fun ended. Or, conversely, an orchestra of pure modernity - a new American music, informed by jazz, gospel blues, Southern folk music, and classical composition but, in the end, an animal original unto itself. She's been compared to everyone from Bjork to Kate Bush to Jeff Buckley, and her beautiful voice melds perfectly with her intricate guitar work.

1. Now, Now
2. Jesus Saves, I Spend
3. Your Lips Are Red
4. Marry Me
5. Paris Is Burning
6. All My Stars Aligned
7. The Apocalypse Song
8. We Put A Pearl Into The Ground
9. Land Mines
10. Human Racing
11. What Me Worry?

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet Us
  • ASIN: B000RGSOR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on July 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Before you sit down and listen to Annie Clark's (here known as St. Vincent) first solo album, "Marry Me," take a moment to look at the cover. Think to yourself, "What kind of music could this woman actually make?" Chances are, every answer that comes into your head is going to be somewhat accurate. "Marry Me" is filled with the kind of quirky pop music that helped Regina Spektor and My Brightest Diamond get noticed. As it turns out, Clark also has the distinction of being a member of The Polyphonic Spree on their most recent album as well as a member of Sufjan Stephens' touring band (much like My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden). While all these credentials are well and good, it is the music that matters most. Fortunately, "Marry Me" is probably the strongest female solo album to debut in 2007!

The album starts off with the brilliantly composed "Now Now" in which a choir of childish vocals declare "You don't mean that, say you're sorry" just before Annie inserts "I'll make you sorry." Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the song is the mere fact that Clark took care of most of the instrumentation herself, as she does through most of the album. While multi-instrumentalists are a dime a dozen these days, few are able to blend the individual parts together in a way that seems so cohesive.

The humorously titled, "Jesus Saves, I Spend" features Christmas carol-esque "Bum bum bums" in the background, and even a few jingle bells for good measure. Here, Annie sings "While Jesus is saving, I'm spending all my grace on the rosy red power of lights on center stage" nonchalantly, adding to the carefree feel of the song almost as much as the floaty chipmunk vocals do (seriously).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
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Once in a while, a new voice or sound comes seemingly out of nowhere, and this is certainly one of them. Amy Clark, the one-woman band behind St. Vincent, has been active in the music scene for years, including in the Polyphonic Spree, and now delivers her debut album.

"Marry Me" (12 tracks, 44 min,) brings eclectic sounds somewhat reminiscent of Feist, but with a different twist. A blazing "Now, Now" kicks things off. "Your Lips Are Red" reminds me of early Bjork. The title track is a pensive piano-driven 'ballad'. On "Paris Is Burning" you feel like you are transformed into to early Paris 1920s cabaret but with an electronic twist to it, just great. Other highlights include "The Apocalypse Song", reminding me of some Fiona Apple; the pensive "We Put a Pearl in the Ground"; and the closer, a jazzy-like "What Me Worry". In all, quite an impressive debut album, and I can't wait to see where she takes things from here.

I had the fortune of catching St. Vincent last Fall in Chicago on her tour in support of this album (she opened for the National). She appeared solo (mostly with electric guitar), and put on a mesmerizing performance, just loved it. I can't wait to see her on the road with a full band, which is supposed to happen this Spring. Sign me up! Meanwhile, "Marry Me" is highly recommended! And if you wonder which radio station plays St. Vincent, look no further than WOXY, the internet-only indie-rock station ("BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll!"), playing the best music in the country, bar none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
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She's been a part of the Polyphonic Spree's twee orchestra, toured with Sufjan Stevens, and many other bands as well, ranging from the Arcade Fire to Xiu Xiu.

So it wasn't entirely clear what style Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) would embrace in her solo debut, "Marry Me." But she does a brilliant job with what she does choose -- a swirling, multifaceted brand of lush indiepop, crammed with quirky instrumentals and charmingly witty little lyrics. It's absolutely stunning.

It kicks off with "Now Now," a catchy little dulcimer-wrapped tune. Clark sings that she's not a carpet, an atomic bomb, a dog, and that: "You don't mean that say you're sorry/You don't mean that I'll make you sorry..." as the strings and drums rev up. She follows it up with the whimsical "Jesus Saves, I Spend," a distinctively quirky pop tune punctuated by babyish noises, smooth keyboard and solid powerpop riffs.

But the album's tone changes drastically with "Your Lips Are Red," which the Dresden Dolls wouldn't be ashamed off -- tortured violins, plunking cabaret piano, erotic overtones and "cities black from all the ashes in downtown." After that, the album slips down into gentler, more lush pop tunes -- quirky romantic ballads, rainy piano tunes, swirling pop epics, and ends with a couple of springtime anti-folk songs.

The best song: "Paris is Burning," a swaying Weimar-styled mass of horns, synth and strings -- it seems to be from the POV of a slain WWII soldier. "We are waiting on a telegram to give us news of the fall/I am sorry to report dear Paris is burning after all/We have taken to the streets in open rejoice revolting/We are dancing a black waltz, fair Paris is burning after all...
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