Marry Me

Marry Me

by St. VincentSt. Vincent


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Beggars Banquet Us
UPC: 0607618025427
catalogNumber: 80254
Rank: 73269


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,Bass Guitar,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

Technical Credits

Mike Garson   Composer,Engineer
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,Audio Production
Aynsley Powell   drum programming
Carlson   Sound Effects

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