This is what an album should be – utterly perfect from start to finish. After two superb records – 2007’s Marry Me and 2009’s Actor – St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) has set the bar even higher. Musically, lyrically and vocally complete, it’s one of the best things I have ever heard. Just to highlight some of the tracks: Northern Lights, for all intents and purposes, has an orgasm at 2m 34s. Not many songs do that. Neutered Fruit is far-out and intense, the sound of angels singing, and is probably the most-played track on God’s iPod. As for Hysterical Strength, the finale makes me want to crawl out of myself and just dance on the edge of time forever. It’s completely on the other side.
If aliens visit Earth we need to play them St. Vincent albums so they can understand what true beauty is. She’s ridiculously brilliant, singing like a cherub and playing guitar like a demon! She’s out there, beyond our ken, transmitting massive gems into our hearts. Strange Mercy is the most exquisite record I’ve heard in a long time.
12 September 2011.
Northern Lights, Neutered Fruit, Cheerleader (video below).