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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...Read more ›
Yes, it's eclectic, as debut CD's often can be, but it's very much Annie Clark, her songs, her instruments and her engaging voice.
I'll resist the easy temptation to compare her to any number of other female artists and instead, I'd say she's a female Andrew Bird is the sense that she is highly musical, mature, witty and hard-edged.
Your Lips Are Red, Paris is Burning and All My Stars Aligned are my current favourites. I love the upfront vocals too.
If you're a fan, then it's simply more of what you've already heard.
I just feel like she's one of those artists too concerned with trying to be original and creative that she loses sight of actually making the song good.
The songs are ok, very creatively done, but just ok.
The album opens with the outstanding "Now, Now", a soft, feathery song with some beautiful bell-like guitar harmonics and gorgeous vocal harmonies.
This is followed by "Jesus Saves, I spend", a playful pop song with strange baby-like singing added in.
"Your Lips are Red" is an AWESOME song, with dark lyrics, quirky piano and violin lines, and an absolutely stunning middle 8 section ("your skin's so fair, it's not fair...") that contrasts with the rest of the track so perfectly. This track is quintessential St. Vincent - dark and experimental, but with the occassional flash of beauty hidden away.
The title track "Marry Me" is a pretty, playful little love ballad with an absolutely perfect accompaniment. Anyone here know a guy called John? I do; everytime I sing along to this song, I'm serenading John in my head. I guarantee you will do the same.
After the brilliant "Paris is Burning" (dark and atmospheric - my favourite track of the album), the album suddenly slows down dramatically, moving from the upbeat and quirky to the more subtle. It's such a difference, that the latter tracks feel as if they belong on a different album - they wouldn't be out of place on a Dido album.
That's not to say that they are any worse than the first few tracks; "All my Stars Aligned" is an absolutely STUNNING song, with a lush, twinkly piano-based accomapniment and a PERFECT vocal performance.
After a pretty piano solo "We Put A Pearl...", "Landmines" is another gentle, beautiful song with wonderful lyrics.Read more ›
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This girl can't be pigeonholed. Something that bit different.Published 21 months ago by Raymond O'Donnell
Some say her latter albums are better. Maybe 'Actor', that's a stone cold classic. But I always come back to her magical debut where the tunes are as beautiful as Annie on the... Read morePublished on 11 July 2014 by Deadbeat
Beautiful album, every song a masterpiece, like their creator.
Came in good time, in good shape, would recommend to anyone!