Strange Mercy (album) by St. Vincent

Strange Mercy
Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-09-13
Overall rank: 580th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 472 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2011 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2010s (79th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (580th)

St. Vincent bestography

Strange Mercy is ranked 2nd best out of 6 albums by St. Vincent on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by St. Vincent is St. Vincent which is ranked number 456 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,245.

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79/100 (from 472 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 78.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 79.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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90/100
From 04/04/2020 04:59
Strange Mercy makes me want to sleep, in the good way. It's a finely produced and very relaxing piece.
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85/100
From 01/09/2020 19:18
Annie Clark delivers a more hard-hitting and thematically coherent album than Marry Me and Actor. She puts a lot of difficult-to-face subjects like the condescending roles of housewives, depression, and both subjects' eventual succumbing to barbiturate use mixed with alcohol.
I think she has more potential musically though. We get some cool licks in this album and an occasional solo, but this feels much more like a songwriting-oriented album than Annie really showing off her guitar talents. The effects on the instrument keep the listener's interest, but it, paired with the more compressed drumbeats, sound more synthetic than organic. Thinking about it, maybe it goes along with the theme of drug use putting a user in a more drunken stupor?
Either way, this is a great listen, especially in the wake of more feminist movements and in midst of a huge push for equality.

85/100

Best Tracks: Surgeon, Cruel, Strange Mercy, Year of The Tiger, Northern Lights.
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From 01/01/2019 12:36
This is an excellent album (based on two listens so far). Thematically coherent with a very strong set of songs. I'm currently particularly taken with Dilettante - or at least the last 50 seconds of it which are stunning while being hauntingly familiar.
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70/100
From 09/03/2018 17:42
The pinnacle of art pop. But then Grimes came and raised the bar once again. But it’s not a race; they both made great music.
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90/100
From 03/23/2018 18:02
Her best album. The title track is incredible.
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90/100
From 08/04/2016 11:04
I think, Strange mercy, is her best record, at least to date, and this is her strongest set of songs. Of course, she is an artist who could still yet to release her greatest album, but for me, at this moment, this is her best.
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90/100
From 07/21/2016 04:31
Still Annie's best, an album that is both geniunely moving and often beautiful, almost shoegazing it's style which adds to her typically cerebral, oblique guitar-based art rock. It's also the first album that seems less veiled in overworked experiments and esoteric references that occasionally made St Vincent's albums seem too cold or even a bit condescending; it feels more personal, even with her usual abrupt and sometimes brutal tone shifts and use of heavy metaphor, as well as her most self-deprecating. And nothing represents her twin knockout punch of melancholic beauty and can-barely-restrain-the-crazy as the combination of "Champagne Year" and "Dillentate".
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From 09/21/2015 15:06
Best tracks:
1) Surgeon
2) Cruel
3) Cheerleader
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From 09/13/2015 04:08
I love this record, excellent guitar playing, beautiful vocals, and Annie's most honest and moving lyrics yet.
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From 04/12/2015 16:33
For me, this is her best record so far. Absolutely stunning stuff. By the way, where's the love for Chloe in the afternoon? That track is fucking brilliant.
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