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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Marry Me

Posted on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Marry Me
Label: Beggars Banquet
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
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With the Polyphonic Spree, she is but an unnamed and robed participant in a sea of unnamed and robed participants. Incidentally, multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark is busy playing in two acts ' the perhaps superfluous Spree and Sufjan Stevens' touring band ' but behind the St. Vincent moniker, Marry Me finds her wandering far from the outfits that keep her otherwise occupied. The title track's lethargic piano swing looks somewhat to Aimee Mann, but Clark's orchestral flourishes hardly ground this album; there are playful, left-field moments aplenty where prominently treated backups and diverse structures keep us guessing. Finger snaps are at first the sole percussion for 'Human Racing,â?� a quick jazz-guitar triumph, which, before its big finish, wouldn't be out of place amid speakeasy glass-clinks and wafts of cigarette smoke. Clark's wordplay and dizzying finger-picking on her debut are unpredictable and sharp, calling for another compelling go-'round.

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