Saturday, September 24, 2011

St Vincent: "Strange Mercy" (mini-review)

The third full length album from guitar wizard Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, sees her in a much more experimental mood.  Her last album, Actor, had a tendency to drag, and even lulled me to sleep at a couple of points.

There's none of that this time around.  The arrangements are much more lively and freewheeling, with a tempo to match.  The unconventional song structure often bears a similarity to Sonic Youth soundscapes.  On occasion however, such as on the standout "Surgeon", Clark ventures almost into Stereolab territory.

Definitely a huge step in the right direction.

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