St. Vincent would be among the indie artists I first got in to, and to this day she still takes me aback with how fearless she is. RatsLiveOnNoEvilStar, her first ever release (and under her real name Annie Clark), was raw and driven with bass grooves and quieted guitar licks.¬†Marry Me¬†is my favorite release of hers (if I had to pick one), and her proper debut, and that mainly just featured her on a piano and with organic percussion – quite atypical to the rest of her catalogue. Actor¬†saw Annie Clark beginning to flirt with electronics and distortion.¬†Strange Mercy, her latest full-length, was her most experimental record to this date utilizing numerous effects and bringing out her most raucous effort yet while still maintaining her cool pop sensibilities. Her evolution throughout these records is easy to follow and Annie Clark has effortlessly kept everything fresh and glac√©. From 2003 to now, with the release of¬†“Birth in Reverse” two days ago, we’ve seen her come full circle – it seems like Annie is embracing the rock ethos even stronger than ever before.¬†Strange Mercy¬†was interspersed with pop and rock, but perhaps this is going all in on the rock aspect. Of course, I have PLENTY of time to be incorrect on that assumption don’t I? As always, John Congleton’s production is crisp, clear and pleasing to the ear.
In regards to the pre-ordering, you can choose one of two options (or both if that’s how you roll). Option one is to get the CD and the golden triangle vinyl for $23.98. Option two is to get the black vinyl and the golden triangle vinyl for $32.98. I went with option one, as it’s over $10 cheaper after all is said and done. S&H is about the same to us state-siders at $13.06 for the CD+vinyl bundle and $15.92 for the all vinyl bundle. ¬†Listen to “Birth in Reverse” below via the YouTube stream and see what you think of it. If you like it, you can sign up for St. Vincent’s e-mail list and they’ll e-mail it to you for free. Cheers!
CD + LIMITED EDITION GOLD 12‚ÄĚ
Order the self-titled CD + 12‚ÄĚ that features the tracks ‚ÄúBirth in Reverse‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDigital Witness‚ÄĚ on a die-cut golden triangle LP. Golden triangle 12" limited to 1,000 units.
LP + LIMITED EDITION GOLD 12‚ÄĚ
Order the self-titled LP + 12‚ÄĚ that features the tracks ‚ÄúBirth in Reverse‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDigital Witness‚ÄĚ on a die-cut golden triangle LP. The LP is a gatefold with foil embossed logo on 20pt SBS board with a 11x11 color insert. Golden triangle 12" limited to 1,000 units.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive