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The follow-up to St. Vincent's (Annie Clark's) first album "Marry Me" (2007) features eleven new songs, all written and arranged by Clark. The arrangements are more masterful, the songwriting grander, the performances ever more confident and inspired. Clark toured extensively in support of "Marry Me" with artists like The National, Death Cab For Cutie, and Arcade Fire, and was named Female Artist Of The Year at the 2008 PLUG Independent Music Awards. Before recording as St. Vincent, she was a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' touring band, and she performed with Glenn Branca's guitar orchestra.
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I still have my LP collection from the 60's and 70's, this is my first new addition this century. I am very happy with it.
"Actor" (11 tracks; 39 min.) continues on, and expands, the eclectic sounds of the debut album. Clark throws in all kinds of mixes and influences on this album: rock, jazz, electronic and classical, it's all hear. The opener ""The Strangers" starts things off quietly, only to then dive in with a hard-charging "Save Me From What I Want". The single "Actor Out Of Work" is as mainstream and accessible (rock) as St. Vincent has ever been (and had commercial radio any life-pulse left, this would be played, but alas...). Other highlights include the gentle sounding but biting hard lyrics "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood", and the closing two tracks: the epic "Just the Same But Brand New" ( at 5+ min. the longest track here) and the short "The Sequel", which sounds open-ended and summarizes the album nicely, inviting us for the next serving of St. Vincent.
In all, this album is as equally good, if not better, than "Marry Me". If you like indie-rock, you surely will not be disappointed by this. I've seen St. Vincent in concert a number of times, most recently just last weekend at the Bonnaroo music festival, and each time I see her, she sounds better and better live. Finally, if you wonder where you might hear St. Vincent, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that plays the best indie-music in the country, bar none.
Thanks to SPOTIFY for allowing me to preview this entire album. The result is that I purchased it so I could listen to it on my MP3 player(s), since I don't have an unlimited data plan on any mobile device. If you don't know SPOTIFY--it's the only TRULY LEGAL way to stream darned-near anything you might want to hear.
this cd has made me believe in music again! I am a serious audiophile!!! And I mean serious. Annie
Clark aka St. Vincent has out done herself. I take a trip on each track.The songs are all well written, and
different. I hear a touch of Bjork, a touch of Kate Bush. What a wonderful songwriter. If you love music like I
do PLEASE BUY THIS CD!!! YOU WON"T BE DISAPPOINTED. St. Vincent thinks outside the box. I hate current radio and
am always looking for something music wise that is not COOKIE CUTTER. This CD is it!!! The lyrics are dark but you always hear that bit of light that comes through her voice. This woman has something to say! Put this cd in your player and take a trip!!!! You will NOT be disappointed.
i cannot come up with anyone that she sounds like.
st. vincent is certified completely fresh.