Album
Strange Mercy
Critic Reviews
User Reviews
Artist
St. Vincent

Strange Mercy by St. Vincent

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
CRITIC SCORE
89
Based on 20 reviews
2011 Ranking: #2 / 619
USER SCORE
87
Based on
104 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Engaging the darkness (rather than just acknowledging it) adds some flesh-and-blood humanity to an artist whose excellent output has nonetheless been marked by cold distance.

90
Consequence of Sound

Strange Mercy achieves that sweeping goal, delivering on its promises, challenging thematically and intellectually, while also entertaining.

90
PopMatters

On Strange Mercy, Clark continues to sharpen and finetune her act, coming off bolder in her aesthetic, yet more immediate and intimate as a performer.

90
Pitchfork

On Strange Mercy, she ditches Marry Me's naivety and Actor's ostentatious arrangements, boosts the inventive guitar playing, and ends up with her most potent and cathartic release yet.

90
Drowned in Sound

This is an album that rockets toward you, ricochets through your emotions and finally decides to lay you down on the floor, headphones on, tumbling around like a blissed-out cat in the sun.

90
NME

It’s this combination of unforced sonic gorgeousness and a refusal to settle for the obvious that puts Clark in a field of her own, and makes for a strange and wonderful record that shows no mercy in blowing your mind.

86
Beats Per Minute

Clark is more divulgent of her true personal feelings than we’ve come to expect, and she’s created a dense collection of songs to reflect this atmosphere.

80
musicOMH

It may not be leaps and bounds ahead of previous St Vincent releases, but this is a rich and multi-faceted album to pay close attention to.

User Reviews

90

It's been awhile since I last sat and truly soaked in this album; and I've listened to a lot of albums since, and really learned a great deal... and after so much time Strange Mercy has emerged so much more vivid and so much more alive than I had remembered.

95

Absolutely dazzling. Annie is a goddamn Siren.

99

As close to perfection as you can come in the moment. Beautiful songs of carelessness and whimsical stories dart back and forth in between beautiful distortion and unique and challenging guitar riffs. Annie Clark made a pop rock album you could smoke a joint to and have your parents listen to that loved that 60's scuzz.

95

St. Vincent sounds like a poltergeist from the future. The electric guitar tearing its way through each song. Standout moments include 'Cruel', 'Cheerleader', 'Strange Mercy' and 'Neutered Fruit'. This album is proof that St. Vincent is a master of her craft - what her craft is beyond creating a sonic labyrinth… who knows? It's still awesome.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 13, 2011
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: 4AD
PRODUCER: Annie Clark, John Congleton
GENRE: Indie Pop, Art Pop
WEBSITE: ilovestvincent.com
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 8 - A.V. Club
# 25 - Amazon
# 28 - American Songwriter
# 12 - Cokemachineglow
# 1 - Consequence of Sound
# 7 - DIY
# 11 - Drowned in Sound
# 9 - musicOMH
# 7 - NME
# 5 - No Ripcord
# 8 - Obscure Sound
# 1 - One Thirty BPM
# 11 - Paste
# 12 - Pazz and Jop
# 11 - Pitchfork
# 7 - PopMatters
# 14 - Prefix
# 6 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 8 - Q Magazine
# 26 - Rolling Stone
# 5 - Slant
# 34 - SPIN
# 17 - Spinner
# 32 - Stereogum
# 35 - The Fly
# 18 - The Guardian
# 43 - Tiny Mix Tapes
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TRACK LIST
  1. Chloe in the Afternoon 
  2. Cruel 
  3. Cheerleader 
  4. Surgeon 
  5. Northern Lights 
  6. Strange Mercy 
  7. Neutered Fruit 
  8. Champagne Year 
  9. Dilettante 
  10. Hysterical Strength 
  11. Year of the Tiger
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