St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Strange Mercy
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ryansliao
87
Although not as graceful and subtle as Actor, Strange Mercy completely rewrote the rules for guitar driven indie rock. This album is quite easy to get into, yet disturbing and odd. For every catchy melody, there is a crushing guitar riff that comes out of nowhere. Annie Clark's voice maintains beauty and vulnerableness through all of this. This record is as impressive as it is head banging and catchy.

Best Tracks: Chloe In The Afternoon, Cruel, Cheerleader, Northern Lights, Strange Mercy, ... read more
mikeisnowonfire
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.
Space Vacation
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.
zeyadreda
96
This woman's music are specially made for my ears
musicmagpie55
96
Three moments on this album that make me wet myself:

1. The first lyrics of 'Surgeon,' where she almost exhales the words.
2. The last two minutes of 'Neutered Fruit,' where the crunch dial is turned to 11.
3. That moment at the beginning of 'Champagne Year' when you are convinced that it is a cover of 'Hallelujah' but IT ISN'T.

10/10 wetness levels.
Her finest album to date (but I am convinced she can release something even more incredible!!!!)
FearFlour
90
I've been listening to this album a lot recently and I've decided that it's my favorite of St. Vincent's already amazing discography. It's catchy, it's experimental, it's noisy, it's incredibly well produced and well written, and it has a shitload of character. It's almost perfect as far as I'm concerned.
exception
82
This is one of those albums that I have been meaning to listen to for many months, but it has always just been on the backburner. Now that I have finally gotten around to listening to it, I'm pretty impressed. St. Vincent crafted an exquisitely enjoyable album of indie rock and art pop. To be frank, nothing truly blows me away all too much more than other albums similar to this (despite it still being a really cool album). Strange Mercy is great, however it doesn't do enough to ... read more
laz456
70
This is obviously a solid album, but I for whatever reason have never really liked her music. Idk. This I can definitely respect, however.
Sappy
90
Top Favorite: Strange Mercy
Other Favorites: Northern Lights, Surgeon, Champagne Year
Least Favorite: Hysterical Strength
ryanreviews
91
St Vincent’s best display of her idiosynchratic art-pop rock to date. Great songwriting throughout and a unique listen that leaves you wanting more and more.
Valeron21
84
For a long time, I used to defy her as a good artist. I deemed her boring & dull, her music uneventful. And then suddenly I gave Los Ageless one more try and I kind of fell in love with her sound.
Turns out Strange Mercy is my favourite record I've heard from her by now. What I like the most is the simplicity. It's a straightforward pop record and not ashamed of it. Oh no, she even shouts it out in your face. Funny thing is - her formula is well known and simple (yeah, this word again). ... read more
84
84/100
nullsethope
94
As my first exposure to St. Vincent, two words: holy shit.
TheBravesDH
90
This woman has a gift and a knack for songcrafting. Each release gradually gets more in your face. One of the finest albums you'll hear in any genre.
MinatoArisato
85
Bold and ambitious, Strange Mercy is yet another great record by St. Vincent. Annie Clarks song writing is wonderful to say the least and her vocals are some of the best out there right now. The production and instrumentation is absolutley brilliant, Strange Mercy features very weird synths that still have a pop sensibility layered over these fuzzed out guitars and rock drumming. Its an insanely unique and catchy record that just never feels dull at any moment and is always a delight to ... read more
InModeration
90
Strange Mercy sees Annie Clark at her most emotionally potent and thematically focused. The mix has been thickened, involving a lot more bass synths and guitar than Actor did. The sound signature is still excellent, but I do wish we got some more serene moments such as Champagne Year. This album is yet another fantastic entry for St. Vincent, who keeps evolving artistically to create some of the most unique music out there.

Lyrics & Themes: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Arrangement: 9/10
Sonic ... read more
100
De los mejores álbumes del año y de la carrera de Annie.
MasterCrackfox
73
I could get down with this album a lot more than her more recent work on MASSEDUCTION, yet something about this artist still just doesn't entirely click with me. I haven't put my finger on what it is about St. Vincent doesn't engage me as much as other artists in the genre, as the genre as a whole is not something I am apprehensive towards. There is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with this record; Clark has an impressive voice, the songs are smart and well written, and the production is ... read more
rosevean
95
#2 Cruel, #3 Cheerleader, #4 Surgeon, #5 Northern Lights, #7 Neutered Fruit, #9 Dilettante
808thDimension
90
Currenty my favorite St. Vincent Album.
On Strange Mercy, she manages to balance the weird (and awesome) rock tracks and the calm ballads the best.

faves: Chloe In The Afternoon, Cruel, Cheerleader, Surgeon, Northern Lights, Strange Mercy, Champagne Year, Dilettante, Hysterical Strength, Year Of The Tiger
87
“Strange Mercy” is not only St. Vincent at her best, but probably one of the best art pop albums of the decade. All of Annie Clark’s best qualities (and there are many) blend perfectly here. “Strange Mercy” can almost function as a pop album; the songs hook you on the first listen, between Clark’s captivating performances and complex yet highly memorable melodies. But there’s so much going on here that “Strange Mercy” begs listen after ... read more
wabayou
91
On her second best release, St. Vincent retells the most horrible year of her life through eleven beautifully crafted lullabys.
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
chessmess
80
Strange Mercy is by far St. Vincent's most expansive, cohesive and sonically interesting record. St. Vincent's more introspective records tend to be much more interesting than the records that try to convey some sort of social commentary. Strange Mercy also shines in the production department with the distorted guitar carrying many of the tracks.
90
Just because she puts out one lukewarm album doesn't mean you get to go back and pan her previous work. This site makes me wanna pull all my hair out i swear
orengue
85
In every album St. Vincent just gets way better
WildChameleon
85
83 -> 85
frankchen111
NR
This is what pop music is. Artistic and beautiful.
davidx98x
88
This is efortlessly one of the most brilliant records in the pop landscape released in the last 10 years. Annie Clark is such an amazing lyricist.
unknownpleasure
75
Favorite Tracks: Cruel, Surgeon, Dilettante

The instrumentals are great, and so are the vocals, but for me I found it hard to find any standout moments to make this an incredible album. But by no means is this bad, Strange Mercy is a really good album.
NR
Except for one song (which i won't tell), there's not a single moment I did not absolutely love and therefore see no reason to rate this anything lower than an 89. Pure bliss. Her best so far in my opinion, but something tells me she'll come with something comparable or even better in the future.
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Cruel , Surgeon , Dilettante
NR
Surgeon is a masterpiece
JustinSlick
95
Absolutely dazzling. Annie is a goddamn Siren.
NR
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.
cwmDJ
96
ambitious and innovative album, most of it is breath taking, simple melodies with crashing guitars and stunning arrangements, beautifully sung with challenging lyrics
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