St. Vincent, “Rattlesnake”
St. Vincent’s self-titled record was released today. I’m enjoying it so far, though I don’t know that I’m quite as enamored with it as as some.
Seriously, I think we’ve gotten to a point in which people think something is cool, simply because they think it should be. Does that make sense? Don’t get me wrong, St. Vincent (a.k.a Annie Erin Clark) isn’t awful, but is she really that amazing?
In the Pitchfork review I linked above, Lindsay Zoladz writes…
"St. Vincent continues Clark’s run as one of the past decade’s most distinct and innovative guitarists, though she’s never one to showboat."
I have a serious problem with this statement:
To say that Clark is “one of the past decade’s most distinct and innovative guitarists” is a huge stretch. See the 2:50 mark of the below video for this so-called innovation…
There is nothing groundbreaking about a harmonic!
If any kudos should be given to Clark, it should be for enduring the suffering of that guy’s interview.
To be clear, I enjoy the work of Annie Erin Clark. But I see and hear an awful lot of praise that, frankly, I don’t agree with. I think she’s good, but I don’t feel she’s amazing. Furthermore, I feel that if people would look past the fact that she’s semi-attractive (and a girl) there would be zero conversation of brilliance.
That is all.