St. Vincent
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2014 Rank: #3 / 827
User Score
Based on 812 ratings
February 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
John Congleton / Producer
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

It’s an album that manages to remain accessible while still sounding challenging and unconventional, an album that can sound heart-stoppingly beautiful one minute and scratchily acerbic the next and, ultimately, an album that’s impossible to grow bored of. 

100
DIY

‘St. Vincent’ showcases Annie Clark as a fiercely accomplished musician, a relentlessly original artist, and now, an innovator of pop.

100
Pretty Much Amazing

The ruthlessly taut St. Vincent makes its predecessor appear flabby and loose. St. Vincent – so jagged and sinewy – doesn’t lack lush moments. But they go as soon as they come – with maximum impact.

100
The Guardian

The music here feels taut and meticulous, devoid of self-indulgence.

100
NOW Magazine

No other commercial pop artist and few indie ones are doing anything this interesting.

100
The Independent

Annie Clark’s fourth album is frequently extraordinary.

91
Consequence of Sound

Her biggest fans may prefer less direct writing, but it makes St. Vincent her most widely appealing album to date, an infectious work that doesn’t ever feel like a compromise.

91
A.V. Club

All told, St. Vincent is a bold, ambitious, and perfectly overstuffed album. It’s also, as its eponymous title suggests, a new defining moment in Clark’s ever-evolving career.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Crackling, uncanny, and compulsively listenable, Annie Clark’s fourth album as St. Vincent updates the prickly appeal of bands like the Pretenders and Talking Heads for digitally turbulent times.

90
The 405

It's an album that, despite its placement more as high art, isn't afraid to embrace pop music for everything it's worth, managing to be accessible while also challenging, drawing the listener in with familiarity to then unleash upon them this cryptic, paradoxical world that just begs to be explored over and over again.

90
The Fly

The Oklahoma songwriter is back with some of her most ebullient, ambitiously styled music to date on ‘St Vincent’.

90
The Line of Best Fit

St. Vincent showcases a musician and songwriter in total command of her powers, complete with an imperious lilac-platinum bouffant that seems to announce the presence of indie’s undisputed Khaleesi.

90
Exclaim!

What's crucial to St. Vincent's excellence is the way Clark balances her sonic explorations with melodies and song structures that keep even her strangest compositions satisfyingly challenging and memorable without ever being either too easy or frustrating. 

90
Sputnikmusic

St. Vincent is a challenging art pop album that convincingly balances the beautiful with the ugly, and ultimately stays human despite its futuristic leanings.

90
PopMatters

Ultimately, though, what amazes me about St. Vincent is that it can flick a switch. Clark eases comedy against tragedy, and trades them ruthlessly, like cards with differently valuable stats. 

90
No Ripcord

It’s difficult to think of another artist who’s so consistently inventive and rewarding. Listening to St. Vincent is a more enjoyable experience each time you press play, thanks to its seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.

90
Paste

Clark has transformed both literally and figuratively into an artist every bit as challenging as Ye or her erstwhile collaborator David Byrne. St. Vincent has a gravity that Clark’s peers will, or at least should, not ignore when making their own records from here on out.

90
Slant Magazine

Her guitar may be her primary tool for shaking up and complicating otherwise strictly defined songwriting, but Clark's voice remains the thing that defines her material, the glittering lynchpin of the glorious, ever-expanding world she's created.

86
Pitchfork

With each release, Clark sounds less like anybody but herself, and more forcefully embraces a darkness that was quietly stirring in even her earliest songs.

85
Under The Radar

On a whole, St. Vincent might not be quite as distinctive or as audacious as Strange Mercy. Clark, however, has found a consistency which is rare among artists, stemming from the confidence she has in her voice and vision. 

80
Drowned in Sound

St. Vincent marks herself out as special because she sees the world from a different perspective - in shades of wonderment that you won’t quite comprehend on first listen.

80
NME

Clark’s readiness to be freakish and alone has translated into her songwriting, which is bolder than ever, and out to connect.

80
AllMusic

St. Vincent is some of her most pop-oriented work, yet it doesn't dilute the essence of her music. If anything, her razor-sharp wit is even more potent when polished in a candy coating with just a hint of venom. 

80
American Songwriter

St. Vincent will flatten you like a steamroller the first time around, but it’s the kind of clobbering that grows immediately addicting.

80
Spin

Clark has made an album free of the one issue that hamstrung its three predecessors: the sense that every turn was plotted in advance, that the fun was hemmed in by a kind of deliberateness.

80
The Skinny

The uniting factor is a funk-centred tautness which runs throughout the record: no instrument or melody is allowed to dominate, and the end result is a deftly-woven, endearingly direct tapestry of genres.

80
Rolling Stone

St. Vincent is her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty beats pushing her lovably ornery melodies toward grueling revelations.

80
FasterLouder

St Vincent may be intimidating in its intelligence, but it remains overwhelmingly accessible.

80
Clash

Every song bashes together classic pop with new surprises, pushing this album into must-have territory.

80
Northern Transmissions

Certainly, this album has its moments, moments of extremely accessible pop greatness that shine through (and hopefully eclipse) the murk of a few misplaced ballads. St. Vincent fans will not be disappointed, as Clark continues to push boundaries and create her own musical reality.

80
The Telegraph

These songs are the strongest she’s written to date, with terrific hooks and melodies throughout.

70
The Needle Drop

St. Vincent's latest full-length is her most experimental yet!

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

St. Vincent never adds up to being the album it feels like it should be; this is by far her least fascinating (unsettling, enigmatic, spontaneous) record, even if the surface pleasures are the greatest.

60
Loud and Quiet

As beautiful as Annie Clark’s vocals are, by the dying moments of album closer ‘Severed Crossed Fingers’ one can’t help but feel she’s stuck a little too rigidly to a formula and consequently squashed any underlying experimentation with it. dot

Feb 28, 2014
FinalLifeline
89
St. Vincent is as mercurial an artist you could find, and that's meant to be a compliment. Every record is different, but they're all undeniably St. Vincent. This newest record is perhaps her most out-there yet. It's packed with pop hooks and intense guitar-work, but boasts a flair for Madonna-esque balladry and a sharpened vocal style that shares more with punk than the Disney style sing-whispers of Actor. The album doesn't quite reach the emotional heights of Strange ... read more
Apr 4, 2017
FearFlour
95
This album is fucking amazing.
Feb 18, 2014
JustinSlick
85
Annie Byrne. Nah, just kidding, she's as fearless, singular, and frighteningly creative as she's ever been. She's also ventured about a light year from where she was at three albums ago, which could be good or bad depending on your taste.

I know it's too early to say, but I doubt I'll ever enjoy this album quite as much as Actor or Strange Mercy. Then again, Annie Clark can really do whatever the hell she wants and I'll listen to it. Girl has tenure.
Mar 13, 2017*
ryansliao
83
This is one of the weirdest pop albums I've ever heard. All of the odd synths and super compressed guitars will throw you off at first, but it makes for one hell of an album sound.

Best Tracks: Rattlesnake, Birth In Reverse, Huey Newton, Digital Witness, Bring Me Your Loves, Severed Crossed Fingers
Worst Tracks: I Prefer Your Love, Every Tear Disappears
Oct 15, 2017
BuffaloStaple
84
This shit is so refreshing to hear again after her new one, Prince Johnny & Regret lawd have mercy...


Added on: December 9, 2013