Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, has released her 5th full-length record (6th if you count her collab with Talking Heads’ mastermind David Byrne) and has sculpted her image from shy singer-songwriter to bold virtuoso. With this new LP she has teamed up with master producer Jack Antonoff and has interviews scripted by Sleater-Kinney & Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, to create and advertise her boldest, most obviously meta album yet. It’s a deeply personal pop record criticizing pop records. It is, much like Clark herself during the album roll-out, verging on gimmicky, but with a clearly deliberate tongue-in-cheek edge. Take her tour announcement video for example, where she doesn’t actually say anything at all:
MASSEDUCTION is very much an album of its time, with criticisms of pop culture, gender stereotypes, drugs, and sex. It takes the guitar-based rock songs of Clark’s past and dips them in glitter, huge-sounding drums, and pop sentimentality.
RIYL: Lorde’s Melodrama record, Mitski, TORRES
Favorite Tracks: Sugarboy, Los Ageless, Young Lover