St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

A fabulous album
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
The sanctified Annie Clark’s third album builds on the 2009’s baroque masterpiece ‘Actor’. ‘Strange Mercy’ is sparse and beautiful; woodwind, brass and even a clavinet are utilised with deftness to create a sense of light and space around Clark’s mesmeric vocal and experimental arrangements. Reunited again with the ubiquitous knob-twiddler John Congleton, opening track ‘Chloe In The Afternoon’ is both inviting and sinister - pulling like the tremulous voice of a siren - while both the luminous balladry of the title-track and the haunted lament of ‘Champagne’ showcase Clark’s rich virtuosity. A fabulous album, confirming St. Vincent’s status as a deeply talented artist.

8/10

Words by JOHN FREEMAN

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