St. Vincent – All Born Screaming

As St. Vincent, Annie Clark has shifted personas and sonic styles for years now....
St. Vincent : All Born Screaming
8.0 VMG
2024 
St. Vincent : All Born Screaming

As St. Vincent, Annie Clark has shifted personas and sonic styles for years now, from her early indie-rock days (she was even part of The Polyphonic Spree!) to the funky seventies on 2021’s Daddy’s Home (QRO review), with many stops in between (yes, you can make the Bowie comparison). It has made her a bit of an enigma, and even as she pulls off her newest style, it’s fair to miss the previous ones. Yet for All Born Screaming, Clark both shows more of herself and her sounds.

There is distinctly the old haunting loss St. Vincent on Screaming, such as airy opener “Hell Is Near” and “The Power’s Out”. Yet also the more recent dirty funky St. Vincent with “Big Time Nothing” and the extended title track to close (both with contributions from Cate Le Bon). You’ve got St. Vincent grandeur in “Violent Times”, St. Vincent grinder in “Broken Man”, and both put together in “Flea”. And then there’s “Reckless”, whose stark power is already overwhelming even before the crash comes in.

Swapping this time’s mission statement for all the facets of St. Vincent that have come before, All Born Screaming is a particularly special release from this particularly special artist.

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