ST.VINCENT: DADDY’S HOME

Described by John Robb in Louder Than War as a “brilliant, shape-shifting chameleon”, Annie Clark never lets you down.

As St. Vincent, she thrilled us with the release of Daddy’s Home in May. Here is Clark taking inspiration from a multitude a sources, including Beck, Prince, Joni Mitchell and, bizarrely on My Baby Wants A Baby, Sheena Easton.

She opens with the raw funk workout of Pay Your Way In Pain and maintains that intensity throughout. The title track titillates and teases, The Melting Of The Sun is a psych-rock delight, Somebody Like Me summons up the spirit of Jimmy Webb. The highlight comes in the visceral words and gorgeous groove of Down.

Daddy’s Home is a great St. Vincent album, the equal of her eponymous 2015 collection. Just as good, just as innovative.

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