Marry Me

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
With experience playing with the Polyphonic Spree, Sufjan Stevens, and Glenn Branca, Annie Clark is more than qualified enough to start writing her own loosely ornate, lush pop songs. But while Clark, who chooses to use the name St. Vincent here, does incorporate the frilly strings and horns, background choirs, and various keyboards most of which she plays of her past employers in Marry Me, her solo debut, she also has an edge to her -- something that shows up in the distorted electric guitar solos of "Jesus Saves, I Spend" or "Now, Now," the drums in the ominous "The Apocalypse Song" or "Your Lips Are Red," the growing intensity of the vocals "Landmines," the funereal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
With experience playing with the Polyphonic Spree, Sufjan Stevens, and Glenn Branca, Annie Clark is more than qualified enough to start writing her own loosely ornate, lush pop songs. But while Clark, who chooses to use the name St. Vincent here, does incorporate the frilly strings and horns, background choirs, and various keyboards most of which she plays of her past employers in Marry Me, her solo debut, she also has an edge to her -- something that shows up in the distorted electric guitar solos of "Jesus Saves, I Spend" or "Now, Now," the drums in the ominous "The Apocalypse Song" or "Your Lips Are Red," the growing intensity of the vocals "Landmines," the funereal waltz of the fantastic "Paris Is Burning" "I write to give the war is over/Send my cinders home to mother," Clark sings sadly over electronic drumbeats and acoustic guitars -- that pushes her away from the overly sentimental and quaint. Not that Marry Me doesn't have its fair share of happy love songs "All My Stars Aligned," "What Me Worry?", but the album isn't seeped in that kind of joyfulness that sings blind and insincere. It's an mix of good and bad, of light and dark, of the woman who purposefully sets up the obstacles she must get through to find her lover "I'm crawling through landmines/I know 'cause I planted them," she sings disarmingly, of sweet self-deprecation "Marry me, John, I'll be so good to you/You won't realize I'm gone", honest and quirky and totally enticing. Clark is young enough that she's still able to retain that sense of wonder about the world without seeming naïve, and old enough that she can say things like "My hands are red from sealing your red lips" and you believe her. It's an orchestral record for those who prefer the simplistic, a darker one for those who prefer theirs twee, love songs for the scorned and sad songs for the content, an engaging and alluring combination that makes Marry Me nearly irresistible, and one of the better indie pop albums that's come around for a long time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Beggars Banquet Us
  • UPC: 607618025410
  • Catalog Number: 80254
  • Sales rank: 24,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now Now (4:25)
  2. 2 Jesus Saves, I Spend (3:56)
  3. 3 Your Lips Are Red (4:41)
  4. 4 Marry Me (4:41)
  5. 5 Paris Is Burning (4:20)
  6. 6 All My Stars Aligned (3:47)
  7. 7 The Apocalypse Song (3:47)
  8. 8 We Put a Pearl in the Ground (1:10)
  9. 9 Landmines (5:07)
  10. 10 Human Racing (3:48)
  11. 11 What Me Worry? (3:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Now, Now
  2. 2 Jesus Saves, I Spend
  3. 3 Your Lips Are Red
  4. 4 Marry Me
  5. 5 Paris Is Burning
  6. 6 All My Stars Aligned
  7. 7 The Apocalypse Song
  8. 8 We Put a Pearl in the Ground
  9. 9 Landmines
  10. 10 Human Racing
  11. 11 What Me Worry?
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
St. Vincent Primary Artist
Mike Garson Piano (Grand)
Mark Pirro Bass, Bass Guitar
Brian Teasley Percussion, Drums
Heather Macintosh Cello
Daniel Hart Violin
Rick Nelson Violin, Cello, Viola, Upright Bass
Louis Schwadron French Horn
Lester Nuby Vibes
Daniel Farris Synthesizer, Percussion, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Annie Clark Organ, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Triangle, Vocals, Xylophone, Moog Synthesizer, Vibes, Clavietta
Nathan Blaz Cello
Merrilee Challis Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jessica Grant Choir, Chorus
Andrea Paschal Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jessica Grant Background Vocals
Lauren Ross Bassoon
Annie Clark Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Mike Garson Composer, Engineer
John Golden Mastering
Brian Teasley Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Daniel Hart Composer
Jeff Halbert Engineer
Tod Seelie Cover Photo
Daniel Farris Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Annie Clark Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Aynsley Powell drum programming
Annie Clark Audio Production
Al Carlson Sound Effects
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2010

    Wonderful

    Beautiful voice, intelligent lyrics, absolutely wonderful from first track to last. This is her first, and I will be buying her second cd soon.

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