Sunday, December 21, 2014

top 10 albums of the year: #6


St. Vincent - St. Vincent

With crunchy guitars, pop hooks, vocals which vacillate between pretty-smooth and seething distortion, St. Vincent harnesses some terrific, active and varied musicianship on her self-titled record. As usual her lyrics on modern life (check the anxiety-tech, funky horned barn-burner "Digital Witness") are smart and punchy. So far, this is her most cohesive, best set: the album buckles, bites, curls up, and unfurls--a "Rattlesnake" of a record indeed.

"A lot of things that sound like synthesizers are actually guitars. All the music is played by people; there aren't programmed drums or anything. I wanted it to have the feel of humans but the sound of machines." -St. Vincent

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