Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Marry Me

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Marry Me

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MARRY ME

St. Vincent (Beggars Banquet, 2007)

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Marry Me, the first album from St. Vincent, takes the listener from one extreme to the other. Most of the music is light and jazzy, but the lyrics are laden with images of violence, war, revenge, and uncertainties.

St. Vincent is the solo project of Annie Clark, a 25-year old multi-instrumentalist who has played with choral symphonic rockers Polyphonic Spree and toured with indie folk-rock artist Sufjan Stevens. Clark takes this cheerful and innocent background and throws in her own dark impressions of the world. Just looking at the albums song list displays the theme of destruction: "Paris is Burning," "The Apocalypse Song," and "Landmines" are three tracks.

One of the strongest songs on the album, "Paris is Burning," brings the listener straight to France during the world wars. The pounding lyrics--"We are waiting for a telegram to bring us news on the war"--recreate the tense and fearful wartime atmosphere of then and now. …

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