St. Vincent “Actor” (2009)

August 4, 2011

St. Vincent’s second record is much darker than its predecessor and, what’s naturally more rewarding, much better. Despite the album’s background (it was written using the GarageBand application), the arrangements are more complex. Actor opens with The Strangers and the obsessive mantra Paint the black hole blacker / Paint the black hole blacker. From this moment on you know that everything it’s going to be even more peculiar. Like on Marrow, a quiet storm of a song which explodes during Annie’s plea. Or The Bed, a very “cinematic” track on which St. Vincent narrates: We’re sleeping underneath the bed / To scare the monsters out / With our dear daddy’s Smith and Wesson / We’ve gotta teach them all a lesson. Lyrics have always been Clark’s trump card. Besides, the whole thing sounds like a soundtrack to St. Vincent’s very own film: scary but riveting.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Marrow, Save Me from What I Want, The Strangers

Watch Marrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9prpAv6kvo&ob=av2e

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