And when her voice can't bear it, her guitar does the screaming. Vincent's "most mercurial [album] yet", continuing: "Clark's complex femininity, both self-possessed and keenly evolving, is what makes her music so powerful and fascinating.
Like peers such as Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors , Clark creates challenging music that doesn't go over your head even though you realize there's more going on with it than you can wrap your mind around. Wallace continued: "[ Strange Mercy has appeared on many end-of-year lists. Paste ranked the album 11 on its list of the best 50 albums of It is difficult to be upset when this song gets stuck in your head. The song might be a narrative or an uncomfortable explication of the life of an indie rock artist, and the ambiguity, not to mention the ambivalence, stings.
By totally embracing that off-kilter danger, Clark opened up a raw and brave new vocabulary. Consequence of Sound has named the record as the 9th best album of the decade  Pitchfork ranked it at 55 on their Best of the decade list .
On January 20, , Clark announced a tour in support of Strange Mercy. Vincent has also performed songs from Strange Mercy on several television shows.
On January 16, , she performed "Cheerleader" on Conan. On February 13, , St. Vincent, released by 4AD on April 10, Consisting of live renditions of five songs from Strange Mercy , it was recorded at Shangri-La Studio on September 6, A video recording of the performance was also included in the deluxe Stranger Mercy reissue of the album.
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But just when it looks like the two are going to consummate their affair, the husband is struck with a crisis of conscience and runs back home to his wife. The opening track on Annie Clark's third album as St. Vincent is also called "Chloe in the Afternoon", and while Clark has acknowledged the influence of Rohmer's film on the song, she takes the story to a darker, more dominatrix-y place.
In her telling, Chloe carries a "black lacquered horse-hair whip," and, presumably, is paid to use it on white-collar exhibitionists looking for a sadistic tea-time fix.
Clark's monstrously corroded guitar riff stands in for the bruised skin and wincing faces; it's hard to tell if she's singing as the person wearing heels or the person being stepped on with them, and that's most definitely the point. Across three albums, the Dallas native has become a master of subverting her picture-perfectness with violence, rage, and mystery-- "I'll make you sorry," sang Clark in creepy lullaby tones on the very first song on her debut album.
The juxtaposition is naturally intriguing, a sophisticated twist on finding out that the horror-movie killer was actually the girl next door all along. She convinces you to take another step closer to the difficult subjects she intends to work out.
Many were drawn in by the title track of her debut, Marry Me , for its cute power, the smoky vocals, the pretty girl singing directly to you with stark emotion. She was essentially challenging the line between life and art, baring her soul while also playfully looking away and calling herself an actor. A radar ping rhythm opens the title track, cleverly burying a surf-y tune into a submarine, all echos and cold reality.
Like at so many points in her catalog, Clark could easily be singing these songs with a smirk, letting everyone know exactly how clever she is. Clark is telling her own stories in grand, masterful imagery and in heavily detailed, intensely characterized, smart narrative. With each album, her willingness to push the envelope in both halves of the equation grows, as if she trusts her audience to in turn trust her enough to follow her further along the path.
And Strange Mercy achieves that sweeping goal, delivering on its promises, challenging thematically and intellectually, while also entertaining.