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3/10 KUMD Album Reviews: St. Vincent


St. Vincent's self-titled fourth album is a strong juxtaposition of funky dance rhythms and smooth, jazz-inspired ballads. Her contrast between garage rock and indie synth pop is, in her own words, "alienating yet accessible", something often gone amiss with music heard on the radio today. By Claire Freesmeier

St. Vincent's previously released albums, Marry Me, Actor and Strange Mercy, were a strong build up to St. Vincent. The fact that this fourth album is self-titled alludes to the fact that she has finally come into her own as an artist, finding that distinct niche that sets her apart from other artists in the alternative music sphere.

Every song on the album contains unexpected surprises, whether they come from St. Vincent's distorted guitar riffs or her lyrics that flow from happy to frightening within seconds. Captivating drum beats on "Digital Witness" and "Birth in Reverse" make you want to burst out in funky dance moves, while the song "Prince Johnny" is a smooth-flowing and dreamy ballad that showcases St. Vincent's wide vocal range. Her guitar playing is as poignant as ever, with rollicking riffs and guitar chops that can match modern contemporaries like Jack White, John Frusciante and Gary Clark,Jr. It is these stark contrasts between funky, electronic dance tunes and slow, heartfelt ballads that make this album work.

Recommended Tracks: Birth in Reverse, Digital Witness, Prince Johnny, Regret, I Prefer Your Love
RIYL: Arcade Fire, tUnE-yArDs, Angel Olsen