St. Vincent | Masseducation: Album Review

Artist: St. Vincent
Album: Masseducation
Release date: Oct. 13th, 2017

Released on Oct. 13, MASSEDUCATION is a surreal, new twist on pop music from musician Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent. Diverging from her usual indie-rock sound, Clark comes out with an album that addresses the superficiality of fame while still offering an intimate look into the singers own mind.

The album  begins with the track “Hang on Me,” which acts as an intimate ballad, perhaps from a hysterical lover. “I cannot stop the taxi cab from crashin’ / And only lovers will survive,” Clark sings. The chorus’ lead has an edgy, pulsing beat, with electric guitars drenched in synths. The track accent has a sluggish electro-pop beat and the vocals are muddied and distant, contributing to the image of a hysterical, scratchy-voiced, and drunken singer.  

The album concludes with “Smoking Section,” containing heart-wrenchingly intimate lyrics that describe Clark contemplating throwing herself off a roof in this ballad-like track. The song starts off with a piano accompanying Clark’s deep and breathy vocal style that plays well with the track’s smooth harmonies. The lead to the chorus starts with a hard rock beat. By utilizing the rhythm of drums and the use of steel guitar tones, it makes it both alluring and haunting.

MASSEDUCATION is mature and deeply personal. Emphasizing topics like false personas, gender roles, relationships, obligations, self-destructive behavior, and looming mortality, it is versatile, art-savvy, and a pivot to a new era of St. Vincent.  

Rate: 4/5 Stars

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