Clark has a keen sense of how to have fun too. Her lyrics are sly and amusing and they can discuss topics that are dark, in complete contrast to the music, yet are song without a hint of irony. This underlying sense of contradiction, or tension, keeps drawing the listener in and really pays off with repeated listenings.
After three albums I have always wondered why she chose the moniker St. Vincent. Why not use your own name? I always thought that perhaps she was hiding behind the name and I felt she had nothing to hide. However I wonder now if perhaps she chose the name to avoid the usual cliche of women solo acts? She is much more than a coffee shop singer. If the point was to avoid labeling her and her music with other inferior acts it worked. As a musician she is confident, creative, and has her own voice. Who wouldn't want to listen to an artist like that?
What is clear is that Annie Clark continues to get better as a songwriter and is as exciting a musician today as anyone else you could name.
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13th, 2011 - A