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5.0 out of 5 stars EARLY BID FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 26 Feb. 2014
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Without doubt Annie Clark's best album to date! The more I play it the more I like it, For me every there isn't one standout track - they are all standout tracks!! The Guardian reviewer was absolutely spot on because he listened!!! Metacritic scores so far of 90 from 35 critics and 9.4 from 43 user ratings suggests others might agree with Alexis Petridis. The album is N0 3 at the moment in the US Amazon Best Seller music list. I say there isn't one standout track but I predict that Psychpath will be a firm concert favourite for years to come - its a classic!! Talking of St Vincent concerts - saw her 02 Shepherd's Bush last week - a briliant show. If you live near to Bristol, Glasgow or Leeds go see her - she'll be back in the UK in May. Excellent value for money at £18 a ticket!!!!
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2014 20:54:36 GMT
Lordzoot says:
Heya - was just re-reading my review having played the album again today and noticed your own, which seems to be a response of sorts to mine. To be clear, I've now played the album from start to finish 5 times - I'm not too sure what you mean by 'The Guardian reviewer was spot on because he listened!!!'. I've also played both of the singles numerous times since release (as well as my other favourite tracks off the album) and all the live performances of the material at the fashion show she played, so I consider myself competent enough to make an informed comment!

You have to be careful with the critics. Their views are actually worse than the man in the street's because, not only are they often lacking in real detail (which is natural, given the amount of material they're required to review), they actually have considerable agendas/pressure when writing any review. I wonder how many times Petridis played the album before writing his article - I bet not as many times as I have. I also bet he hasn't played 'Strange Mercy', 'Actor', or 'Marry Me' as much either (or seen her live, as I have...?).

St. Vincent is currently in the midst of major label push - what a surprise that all of a sudden the media are crawling all over her like a rash. Two albums ago, The Guardian's sister-paper, The Observer, barely even gave 'Actor' print room. The album got 3* and the review simply stated:

'From out of Texas via a stint in Sufjan Stevens's band comes Annie Clark, and those with the patience for deft songwriting willl want to wait for her.'

Yes, that's the full review! Meanwhile, fans of St. Vincent knew that the album was actually a bit of a corker, with a lot of great material on it - 'Marrow' doesn't have 1.3m views on youtube by chance - a lot of people loved the damn thing in spite of the comparative lack of PR. Q and NME gave it 3* too, so I'm not just targeting The Guardian...

The reason why this album is getting 5* and is No.3 on the US Amazon Best Seller list is because of the marketing push - simple as.

Not too sure many traditional St. Vincent fans will be a massive fan of Psychopath, by the way - it's far too much like straight-ahead pop...

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2014 17:32:53 BDT
Traditional St Vincent fans???
Kill creativity.
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