Boomkat Product Review:
St. Vincent is the assumed name of one Annie Clark, a multi instrumentalist who's already managed to notch up quite a list of achievements in her career to date. It might have taken her a while to piece together her stunning debut album, but she's hardly been sitting around watching re-runs of Friends, rather she's been busying herself providing backup for none other than Sufjan Stevens and epic robe-wearing psych-sters The Polyphonic Spree. Quite some pedigree then, and it's this experience which she ploughs whole-heartedly into 'Marry Me', an album that's as ambitious and well-imagined as a connection with either of those two acts would suggest. Some have called it 'orchestral pop', and this certainly makes a lot of sense to me, the way Clark orchestrates her songs is jaw-dropping, with instruments and effects almost making a prog-rock-esque bed of harmony over which she can let loose her distinctive vocal tones. This is a defiantly singular pop album from beginning to end, and I think that's what endears me to it, there's no shortage of ambition in the pop world right now, but there is a shortage of memorable songs and 'Marry Me' has those by the bucketload. Opening track (and single) 'Now, Now' for instance, or the album's centrepiece 'Marry Me' (it's an Arrested Development reference, in case you were wondering), or possibly the gorgeous (and ridiculously brash) 'Paris is Burning' - they're all songs that will embed themselves in your psyche, daring you to play them over and over again. Those of you taken in by the loveliness of recent world-beating efforts by Laura Veirs and Feist should check this without delay - you won't be disappointed. Highly Recommended.