AOTY 2021
St. Vincent - Actor
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2009 Ratings: #42 / 883
Year End Rank: #13
User Score
Based on 682 ratings
2009 Ratings: #16
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CRITIC REVIEWS

MasterCrackfox
87
After a stellar debut record Marry Me, Annie Clark as St. Vincent begins to complicate her music with contrasting emotions and continuously elaborate and dense musical accompaniment. At times serene, at others sinister, St. Vincent finds a way to mesh these contrasts into a less experimental but no less exceptional second album.

Actor was heavily inspired by the kind of massive orchestral arrangements one would find in a Disney film, which Clark used as a medium to find her humanity after long ... read more
apotofstu
90
Much as its name may suggest, St. Vincent's second release is quite the cinematic experience. Dancing across the line between two dynamically different sounds, Actor feels like it can never decide what it wants to be. While that would be a bad thing any other time, this fits Actor's aesthetic to a T.

Part of Actor's appeal is the raucous back-and-forth trip that the album takes between its serene, Disney-inspired chamber melodies and the more abrasive noise pop and hard-edged rock 'n' roll ... read more
Space Vacation
87
Can't wrap my mind around this being a decade old already.

It's insanely impressive how well this album mixes being fantastical and haunting and at other times noisy and abrasive.
Possibly even more so; is that this could be only her second (or third, depending on who you ask) greatest album...

I consider Annie Clark to be a genius, inspiring and someone I wish I could be or atleast be half as talented and amazing as.

Do yourself a favor and listen to this if you haven't already.
When you're ... read more
Houdanny
68
More toned down than some of her later works, though no less intoxicating.

Standout: Actor out of work
Favs: The Neighbors, Laughing with a mouthful of blood, The party, Save from me what i want

Least fav: Black rainbow
JayCrackers
84
Easily one of the best if not her best album to date, Actor is a beautiful mixture of noise, chamber, indie and progressive pop to create such a beautiful and well crafted art pop record with such a lush and warm soundscape and with some of her most introspective and matured lyrics really gives Actor a lot of weight.

Track Review

The Strangers 9.5/10
Save Me From What I Want 8.5/10.
Neighbors 8/10
Actor Out of Work 9/10
Black Rainbow 8.5/10.
Laughing With a Mouth of Blood 9/10
Marrow ... read more
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