Review: St. Vincent – “MASSEDUCTION”

Written by WCYT Staff. Posted in Music, Reviews

 

MASSSEDUCTION marks Annie Clark’s (stage name St. Vincent) fifth album. Her previous pseudonym titled album St. Vincent went on to receive a Grammy for Best Alternative Album however MASSEDUCTION may add to that collection. The album, which was co-produced by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff (famous collaborations include Lorde & Taylor Swift) provides a refreshing ‘80s sound with flaring synths and heavy 808’s. The sound adds to the idea of “seduction” and positively adds to the growing sub genre of futuristic pop. The captious lyrics allow for a dark expose of Clark’s life as a whole taking on topics such as addiction (“Pills”) and suicide (“Smoking Section”). However, Clark is able to turn her recovery into a work of art as she puts together the broken pieces of her life and creates a beautiful musical puzzle.

Overall, the thirteen tracks provided were invigorating to say the least but only a few stood out to me. The title track provided for the idea of attraction. Clark spoke about the title track as her either being “seduced or the seducer”. The lines “I can’t turn off what turns me on/I hold you like a weapon” stood out to me the most as both seemed go along with the idea of attraction. What she has her eye on is dangerous but the force is too strong to be reckoned then saying she can not “turn off” what turns her on.

The instrumental track “Dancing with the Ghosts” serves as an emotional prelude to “Slow Disco” whose title is often repeated into the track. I loved the melancholic strings of the track as it resonated with mood of “Slow Disco”. The introduction tells the listeners that what they’re about to hear is somber. Clark has done this before on her first album with the two tracks “We Put a Pearl in the Ground” serving as an introduction for “Landmines”.

“Pills” and “Smoking Section” seem to be the controversial since they take on such harsh topics. “Pills” begins to go on about how it is much easier to live life when drugged rather than being sober. The chorus of the track “Pills to wake/pills to sleep” describe how Clark felt during a short period of her life when she would take sleeping pills. The chorus is a play on how she felt taking pills was the way to live her life. “Smoking Section” takes listeners down a much darker road as the lyrics are critical to the safety of life.  Many lyrics in this song are ways one could possibly end their life such as the lines “Sometimes I stand with a pistol in my hand/ I go to the edge of my roof” and I feel like St. Vincent wrote these lines to discuss the thoughts she’s had. The title of the song even describes something that’s risky for health. Sitting a in a smoking section could cause second hand smoke. My analysis of the title could be a stretch however, it correlates with the meaning of the song. However, the song concludes with Clark repeating the lines “it’s not the end”. It seems as though she turned around and let go of the negative thoughts and reassured herself she has more to live for and go on.

Overall, MASS SEDUCTION provides for a new sound for both genres of pop and alternative. I truly think it could be a contender for the 2019 Grammy’s possibly allowing Clark to receive her second grammy in Best Alternative Album.  I enjoyed the unique sounds of the album and the compelling lyrics making St. Vincent an asset to the music industry.

D Ferren’s Top Albums of the Year 2016

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music

One last list, this one is on us as Mr. Ferren was diligent enough to get us his list early. Ferren had a good year with releasing a full length album “Something Like Forever” which is available over on his Bandcamp 


Shearwater – Jet Plane And Oxbow

Wolfmother – Victorious

Bob Mould – Patch The Sky

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is

Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not

Angel Olsen – My Woman

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Weezer – Weezer (White)

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Dr. Downs SACS Superintendent – Top 10 albums of 2016

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music

Downs’ 2016 top ten (in no particular order)


Drive By Truckers American Band

John Doe Westerner

Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth


A Tribe Called Quest We Got It from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service (Warning: Mature Content)

Radiohead Moon Shaped Pool


Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Nels Cline Lovers

David Bowie Blackstar

Chance the Rapper Coloring Book (Warning: Mature Content)

Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent

Jess Thrower’s Top 10 albums of 2016

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music

1. Light upon the lake – Whitney


2. Puberty 2 – Mitski


3. My woman – Angel Olsen


4. Masterpiece – Big Thief


5. Teens of denial – Car seat headrest


6. 22, a million – Bon iver


7. I had a dream that you were mine – Hamilton leithauser + Rostam


8. Next thing – Frankie cosmos


9. Pool – porches


10. Midnight room – springtime carnivore


Since it’s an ep, Tess and Dave ep by Tess and Dave gets an honorable mention

Jared Andrews’ ten albums

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music

Jared Andrews from Microwave Miracles, Meat Flowers and Elephants in Mud

These are the albums I listened to the most in 2016. Not all of them actually came out in 2016 but most of them did.

1. Microwave Miracles-The World Is A Trash Can

“The most important album of the year, hands down, and quite possibly the most important album in the history of recorded music.”

2. Kevin Hambrick-Mox Nix

“Every riff and every hook is gold. I probably listened to this album from start to finish close to 100 times this year.”

3. Lord3 Fredd33-Dead Man’s View

“This album takes me to a very strange corner of my brain and I am very comfortable there.”

4. Childish Gambino-Awaken, My Love!

“I heard someone say this album sucked and it instantly made me hate that person.”

5. Dani House-Nothing Left To Fear But Myself

“Dani House has made great albums since the beginning of time and this album is no exception. Sounds like it was recorded on a lonely, beautiful planet on a keyboard that fell from a passing spaceship. The boi has done it again.”

6. Dr. Dog-Abandoned Mansion

“A+. Top notch. Top gear. Top gun.”

7. Jimmy Whispers-Summer In Pain

“I think this one came out in 2015 but I discovered it this year and listened to it a million times. For fans of love songs and love in general.”

8. Oasis-Definitely Maybe

“I listened to a lot of Oasis in 2016.”

9. The Fatty Acids-Bolero

“A few years old, but a gd classic from start to finish. Cyber tribal synth pop rock n’ roll with riffs and melodies that get stuck in your brain and chill there forevz.”

10. White Reaper-White Reaper Does It Again

“Mega catchy power pop / punk with more keyboard riffs than guitar riffs. Cool as heck. Yes.”

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