St. Vincent (album)

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St. Vincent
St Vincent artwork.jpg
Standard edition cover
Studio album by St. Vincent
Released February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24)
Recorded 2013
Studio Elmwood Studios
(Dallas, Texas)
Genre
Length 40:04
Label
Producer John Congleton[4]
St. Vincent chronology
Brass Tactics
(2013)Brass Tactics2013
St. Vincent
(2014)
Masseduction
(2017)Masseduction2017
Singles from St. Vincent
  1. "Birth in Reverse"
    Released: December 10, 2013
  2. "Digital Witness"
    Released: January 6, 2014
  3. "Prince Johnny"
    Released: May 9, 2014
  4. "Regret"
    Released: August 18, 2014[5]
  5. "Bad Believer"
    Released: January 20, 2015[6]
Deluxe edition cover
Deluxe edition cover

St. Vincent is the eponymous fourth studio album by American musician St. Vincent. It was released on February 24, 2014, in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States, through Loma Vista Recordings and Republic Records.[7][8][9] Produced by John Congleton, it features collaborations with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss and Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith. The tracks were arranged and demoed by Annie Clark in Austin, Texas and recorded at the Elmwood studio in Dallas.[4][10]

Critically acclaimed on its release, the album won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, making St. Vincent only the second female solo artist to win the award since its inception in 1991, when it was awarded to Sinéad O'Connor. It peaked at number 12 in the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart at number 21, selling nearly 30,000 copies in its first week.

Background[edit]

"This is a more primary colour record than I've done in the past. It's generally a bit brighter. It was less emotionally fraught than when I was writing Strange Mercy. There's an exuberance in Love This Giant, and maybe some of that carried on into this record. It's entertainment. It's fun… I did a lot of sketching for St Vincent in GarageBand before going into the studio. The process of actually recording it was less about discovery and putting the Frankenstein's monster together, and a bit more about execution. There were a lot of things that had already been decided long before I walked into the studio. It was a different experience than Strange Mercy or Actor. Recording took about six months all in, around May 2013. John and I usually work every day and take maybe one day off every ten or twelve days." – Annie "St. Vincent" Clark[11]

Release[edit]

St. Vincent was announced on December 9, 2013, and "Birth in Reverse" was released for free download.[4][8] A second single, "Digital Witness", was released on January 6, 2014.[12] An additional release of "Digital Witness", featuring "Del Rio" as a B-side, was released in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2014.

A music video directed by Chino Moya was released on January 31, 2014 for "Digital Witness".[13][14] On February 5, Clark debuted "Prince Johnny" on the radio show KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic. On February 9, Clark debuted songs at fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg's runway show for New York's Fashion Week.[15] A music video directed by Willo Perron was released on December 16, 2014 for "Birth In Reverse".[16]

St. Vincent entered the US Billboard 200 albums chart at number 12 and the UK Albums Chart at number 21, becoming St. Vincent's highest charting album in both countries.[17][18] The album sold nearly 30,000 copies in its first week.[19]

A deluxe edition was released on February 9, 2015 in the U.K. with the album being available only for digital download in the U.S. on February 10. It featured the previously unreleased "Bad Believer"; "Del Rio," a B-side from the "Digital Witness" single and a bonus track on the Japanese edition of St. Vincent; "Digital Witness" (DARKSIDE Remix), previously released as a single; and "Pietà" and "Sparrow", originally released together on a limited edition 10" pink vinyl on November 28, 2014 for Record Store Day.[20]

Music[edit]

Clark described St. Vincent as "a party record you could play at a funeral."[21] The opening "Rattlesnake" is about an experience Clark had when walking in the desert, which she described as a "commune with nature". However, the opening line "I followed the power lines back from the road", suggests that Clark is separating herself from her dependency on artificial or digital power.[22]

Other songs have more personal connections. "I Prefer Your Love", the sixth track, is about Clark's mother, who was briefly ill.[22] The closing "Severed Crossed Fingers" takes inspiration from a line from one of American novelist Lorrie Moore's short stories.[23] The sentence from which the title is taken – "He thinks of severed, crossed fingers found perfectly survived in the wreckage of a local plane crash last year",[24] – is used by Clark to demonstrate the human heart's ability to have hope, even when none is present. Clark said of the song, "That one's all me" in an interview with Studio 360.[25] Later, in an interview with Pitchfork, Clark explained "I sang that in one fucking take, cried my eyes out, and the song was done".[26]

Clark said she felt St. Vincent was "more confident. I'm extending a hand; I want to connect with people. Strange Mercy, which is a record I'm proud of, [was] definitely a very accurate record of my life at a certain time, but it was more about self-laceration, all the sort of internal struggle. St. Vincent is very extroverted."[27]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 89/100[28]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[29]
The A.V. Club A−[1]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[30]
Entertainment Weekly A−[31]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[32]
The Independent 4/5 stars[33]
NME 8/10[34]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[35]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[36]
Spin 8/10[37]

The album has received widespread critical acclaim. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, it scored an average score of 89 out of 100, based on 40 independent reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[28] AnyDecentMusic? collated reviews giving the album an average score of 8.6 based upon 40 reviews.[38] This score makes the record part of AnyDecentMusic?'s All-Time Top 10 albums.[39] Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis awarded the album a perfect five stars, calling it "an embarrassment of fantastic songs" and "a straightforward triumph".[32]

At Rolling Stone, Jon Dolan awarded the album four stars out of five, hailing it as "her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty beats pushing her lovably ornery melodies toward grueling revelations" and noting that "the playful way these songs contort makes pain feel like a party."[36] Alex Denny of The Fly rated the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, describing it as "her most ebullient, ambitiously styled music to date".[40] NME, The Guardian, musicOMH, Entertainment Weekly and Slant Magazine named it the best album of 2014.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Rank List
American Songwriter 21 Top 50 Albums of 2014[41]
The A.V. Club 3 The 20 Best Albums of 2014[42]
Consequence of Sound 8 Top 50 Albums of 2014[43]
Cosmopolitan 20 20 Best Albums of 2014[44]
The Daily Telegraph 16 Best 50 Albums of 2014[45]
Entertainment Weekly 1 10 Best Albums of 2014[46]
Gigwise 1 Gigwise's 50 Best Albums of 2014[47]
Guardian 1 Best Albums of 2014[48]
Mojo 5 50 Best Albums of 2014[49]
musicOMH 1 Top 100 Albums of 2014[50]
NME 1 Top 50 Albums of 2014 [51]
Pitchfork 16 Top 50 Best Albums of 2014[52]
PopMatters 4 The 80 Best Albums of 2014[53]
Rolling Stone 4 50 Best Albums of 2014[54]
Slant Magazine 1 25 Best Albums of 2014[55]
Spin 26 50 Best Albums of 2014[56]
Stereogum 49 The 50 Best Albums of 2014[57]
TIME 2 Top 10 Best Albums of 2014[58]

St. Vincent won Best Alternative Music Album at the 57th Grammy Awards in 2015.[59]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Annie Clark.

No. Title Length
1. "Rattlesnake" 3:34
2. "Birth in Reverse" 3:15
3. "Prince Johnny" 4:36
4. "Huey Newton" 4:37
5. "Digital Witness" 3:21
6. "I Prefer Your Love" 3:36
7. "Regret" 3:21
8. "Bring Me Your Loves" 3:15
9. "Psychopath" 3:32
10. "Every Tear Disappears" 3:15
11. "Severed Crossed Fingers" 3:42
Total length: 40:04

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Annie Clark – vocals, guitar
  • Daniel Mintseris – synthesizer (tracks 1, 3–8, 10–15), piano (tracks 4, 7), harpsichord (track 11)
  • Bobby Sparks – Minimoog (tracks 1–8, 10–15)
  • Homer Steinweiss – drums (tracks 1, 3–6, 10, 13–15)
  • McKenzie Smith – drums (tracks 2, 7–9, 11–12)
  • Adam Pickrell – Minimoog (track 9), keyboards (tracks 8, 9)
  • Ralph Carney – horns (track 5)

Production

Design

  • Willo Perron – creative direction
  • Brian Roettinger – design
  • Renata Raksha – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[62] 54
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[63] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[64] 64
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[65] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[66] 18
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[67] 41
French Albums (SNEP)[68] 200
Italian Albums (FIMI)[69] 58
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[70] 231
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[71] 70
UK Albums (OCC)[72] 21
US Billboard 200[73] 12
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[74] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[75] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Top Rock Albums[76] 64
US Alternative Albums (Billboard)[77] 42

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United Kingdom[10] February 24, 2014 Loma Vista/Republic
United States[10] February 25, 2014
Japan February 26, 2014 Loma Vista

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