St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2014 Ratings: #2 / 845
Year End Rank: #2
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2014 Ratings: #16
February 25, 2014 / Release Date
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Loma Vista / Label
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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.

80
Spectrum Culture

This is a major step for one of the most compelling songwriters working, yet another sign of her creative fearlessness.

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

60
The Observer

These 11 songs are by far Annie Clark's most accessible ... but all retain her signature quirks.

Inglume
82
[SJO Counter: 38]

Annie Clark took her sound to the next level with this S/T album.

Up to this point, I’ve really liked a lot of St. Vincent’s music and Clark has become, one of my personal favorite, inventive artists of this decade! Although I’m not a fan of all of her albums, every artistic left-turn and musical change-up she does is worthy of respect.

With this album, she pulls off what might be her most ambitious project, in my personal opinion. The pop hooks are ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
87
St. Vincent is good, but not Saint-level good
knewnie
75
St. Vincent (the album) took a few listens to grow on me. my first listen through i really wasn't that impressed, i thought the production was a bit too minimal and lackluster for me to really enjoy it. but i've come around on it, and i enjoy this album a good amount. it's not amazing, i've absolutely heard better, but while it's on St. Vincent is a pretty enjoyable record.

the sound of this album fluctuates from kinda noisy, buzzing guitars and heavy pop bangers mostly in the first half to ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
97
POWERHOUSE!

This is the kind of music that just... drives me, man...

This is Plastic Beach good. This is Kids See Ghosts good.

Give it a month, the score will change to a 100, I guarantee you.

VIBES - ●IRON THRONE●
Toasterqueen12
88
Number: 38

Now this is some high tech stuff. Eerie while still giving off a danceable vibe and extremely maximest all the way around. And it’s about worshiping a computer god or some crazy shit. I love it. It’s like the musical equivalent of climbing a mountain. Taxing at times, but extremely rewarding.
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Track List

  1. Rattlesnake 
  2. Birth in Reverse 
  3. Prince Johnny 
  4. Huey Newton 
  5. Digital Witness 
  6. I Prefer Your Love 
  7. Regret 
  8. Bring Me Your Loves 
  9. Psychopath 
  10. Every Tear Disappears 
  11. Severed Crossed Fingers
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