on January 31, 2013
In 2011 singer-songwriter Annie Clark (St.Vincent) released her third full length album titled Strange Mercy, and while this record may have experienced being overlooked thanks to the other female power houses that year (i.e. Adele and PJ Harvey), Strang Mercy still remains as one of the most colorfull and cleverly written albums of 2011. The song "Cruel" has one of the years strongest hooks, while the uses of soaring synths and seductive bass on "Surgeon" and "Champagne Year" are purely euphoric. Clarks vocal delivery and lyricism on this album is better than ever, take the songs "Strang Mercy" and "Year of the Tiger" for example, with there chilling lyrics and Clarks beautifull vocal performance. This album is also Clarks most diverse album so far, take the much harsher and raw sounding "Northern Lights" for example. This album is one of 2011's best!
Strange Mercy is St.Vincent's 3rd CD. I've anxiously awaited for this to come out as I was a great fan of her last recording (Actor). I never expected this though. As accomplished as 'Actor' was, Strange Mercy increases that ten-fold. Great songs throughout; favourites include "Cruel", "Surgeon", "Cheerleader", Year of the Tiger" and the title track. Definitely my favourite recording since 'High Violet' from labelmates the National last year.
on July 31, 2012
And by 'interesting' I mean in a good way!
This album is really good. You definitely have to be in a specific mood to enjoy it, but once you're there, it can be easy listening or something to focus wholly on.
Her voice is amazing, and she does some really cool things with the rhythm in her songs.