AOTY 2019

MassEducation

St. Vincent - MassEducation
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
User Score
Based on 159 ratings
2018 Ratings: #419
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
Remix / Format
Loma Vista, Republic / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The Line of Best Fit

I’ll just say that I think MassEducation hangs together better than its predecessor. It’s cleaner, with less sharp edges and smoother transitions. It’s precise where MASSEDUCTION was deliciously sloppy. But in real terms, they’re both as near to perfect as a pop record is going to get these days.

85
Northern Transmissions

By harkening back to tones from Marry Me with her modern writing, there’s a new hunger and constant twisting in St. Vincent’s writing.

81
GIGsoup

‘MassEducation’ is an Annie Clark album – with the typical quirkiness of a St. Vincent album being shunned. Because of this, nobody could accuse Clark of putting on airs of any sort with this record, making this, a simple acoustic version of one of her biggest releases, her most powerful work.

80
musicOMH

Any St Vincent fan will enjoy hearing these songs from a fresh angle, and anyone who was turned off by the original album’s electro-pop sheen may well hear something new that lures them back in.

72
Pitchfork

An intimate, no-frills album is a welcome antidote to a career defined by cult and concept.

70
Exclaim!

MASSEDUCTION wasn't broken and didn't need fixing, but a window into Clark's creative process like this is too enticing to turn down.

70
Clash

Clark is similarly focused on ensuring that each track is projected from a different angle than on the original record, and this is where ‘Masseducation’ gets interesting.

70
Rolling Stone

Masseducation is an object lesson in how sonic switch-ups can offer new insights into even the most idea-dense material— and listeners as well as artists can have those epiphanies.

AnalVape
78
MassEducation is a collection of piano renditions of the MASSEDUCTION album, and is a solid and worthwhile listen for fans of St. Vincent, or if you like Tori Amos style piano ballads. I might even find this release more compelling than the original release.

Slow Disco is a strong opener to the album, very singable and memorable, but the second track, Savior, does a better job of making a powerful mission statement for this remix album. Eerie and somber vocals from Annie followed by classic ... read more
MinatoArisato
75
Really entertaining, I don't think I'd really listen to this over the original album but it still makes for an interesting and fun listen.

Best Track: Fear The Future
Worst Track: Saviour
holsgr
37
☆½ ~ Exiguous and quite unsteady listen. Not my thing.
60
"MASSEDUCTION" was one of my favourite albums of 2017 and it is, without a doubt, the best work of St. Vincent's career. Whether you loved or hated that record, you should give this 're-work' a try. Chances are, you won't be disappointed.
I use the term 're-work' very carefully here. Musician St. Vincent moves away from her signature guitar-rock style to a simple piano backdrop combined with her powerful vocals. She gives a great performance. However, if you listen to Annie Clarke ... read more
matteo
71
I don't think a rework of MASSEDUCTION was really necessary. Personally, I loved the original album. Maybe the idea here is that people who were put-off by the pop production will give the songs a second chance? I'm not sure. Anyway,these renditions do succeed at showing some new dimensions to the MASSEDUCTION material, and they also showcase St. Vincent's vocals nicely. Unfortunately, not all of the songs benefit from the stripped down approach. "Pills," for example, just doesn't ... read more
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Track List

  1. Slow Disco
  2. Savior
  3. Masseduction
  4. Sugarboy
  5. Fear The Future
  6. Smoking Section
  7. Los Ageless
  8. New York
  9. Young Lover
  10. Happy Birthday, Johnny
  11. Pills
  12. Hang On Me
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