AOTY 2018


St. Vincent - MassEducation
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Based on 8 reviews
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Based on 114 ratings
2018 Ratings: #279
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
Remix / Format
Loma Vista, Republic / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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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.

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.


‘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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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
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
An improvement on the original, removing one of its dreadful layers, unfortunately the lyrics remain a layer so haphazard, that it really works on some pieces here but on others the writing is so bad it makes the song un-listenable. Its clear to me, that I'm not someone who enjoys her sound, so my opinion isn't one that at all understands the appeal of this style, and its even clearer to me through this site and acclaim around St.Vincent that her style is valuable and beautiful, so I must say ... read more
Wowww. This is better than the original release. It made feels things that masseduction couldn't. Guess I'm a sucker for acoustic music.
St. Vincent is so raw and personal on this thing and her vocals are just something else.
Thank you St. Vincent for the art.
Eh... It kinda bombed... At least there are some really good highlights like Savior, Slow Disco or Sugarboy (which, for me, sounds better than the original one!)
Other than that, if you didn't like the original release, there's nothing special going on here
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/Esquire (UK)

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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Added on: October 3, 2018