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Album review: St Vincent - St Vincent

PUBLISHED: 07:30 14 March 2014

St Vincent - St Vincent

St Vincent - St Vincent

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Propulsive beats and surreal, attention-grabbing electro makes for a record that punches above it weight.

Hoping to create “a party record you could play at a funeral”, Annie Clark’s alter ego St Vincent is nothing if not ambitious.

Barely a note is wasted in pursuit of slightly leftfield, kooky music on this fourth album, an appealing mix of funky dancefloor fodder and beautifully surreal, larger-than-life electro-ballads.

As a result, the dirty, treated guitar of Huey Newton rubs shoulders with recent single Digital Witness irresistible brass strut and synth-soaked chorus, and the uplifting, soothing, Mediterranean sunrise soundtracker I Prefer Your Love.

Not to mention the hypnotic potion of Prince Johnny’s gospel backing, splashy drum machine and low-slung bassline, the dancefloor jerkiness of Birth In Reverse or sunburnt synth of Severed Cross Fingers.

And the varied treats continue. With broad-brush, primary-colour melody (Regret), distorted guitar, synth stabs and hip-hop beats (Rattlesnake) or sharp riff mash-ups (Bring Me Your Loves), St Vincent keeps you guessing – and grooving.

Artists this assured and spellbinding in every style are rare indeed.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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