The Edge’s Top 10 Albums of 2014: #2

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St Vincent – St. Vincent

Released February 24th 2014, Republic Records.

So we’ve come to the top two in our list, and narrowly missing out on the top spot is American singer-songwriter Annie Clarke, aka St. Vincent. Her self-titled fourth record took the music world by storm, and sky rocketed the already prolific artist into the mainstream. The album received almost universal acclaim, and has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Album category.

Statistics: 

  • 28% of contributors included the album in their top 10.
  • Of that 62.5% of the contributors included it in their top 3.
  • This album was included in the most of our contributor’s lists.

“St Vincent’s phenomenal self-titled record has already topped a few best albums of 2014 lists, including that of NME. It’s safe to say that the album is one that will go down as amongst the best of the year. Annie’s vocals complement her experimental musicianship perfectly well, with the record being a breath of fresh air in a music scene full of regurgitated samples and boring beats. Hats off to St Vincent, and here’s to the next record!”
– Megan Downing, Editor-in-Chief, ranked the album #7

“Annie Clark’s most confident solo album yet, St. Vincent is bold and accessible, without diluting any of the freneticism of her previous records. The album flits between moments of sheer tenderness, fuzzy electronic embellishments, and Clark’s trademark art-rock guitar riffs with surprising coherence. St. Vincent thoroughly deserves both the acclaim that her record has achieved and the throne on which she sits in the album’s artwork”
– Evan Smithson, Deputy Records Editor, ranked the album #2

“I had not heard of this artist previous to this album unexpectedly showing up on my iTunes (courtesy of my dad) but I have been greatly impressed and excited by this album ever since. It is the perfect accompaniment to many of my bus journeys to lectures in the mornings and is a collection of excellent tracks with the stand out being ‘Rattlesnake’.”
– Anonymous, ranked the album #10

“This album has every right to appear on many, many top ten album lists, here’s Annie Clarke taking the alternative music world by storm. Having become a well-established musician already, St Vincent showcases a crazily eclectic mix of genres and directions in her new album. Another stunner from the Texan songstress.”
– Alex Meehan, Head of Events, ranked the album #3

Other accolades:

  • Ranked #1 in The Guardian’s ‘Best albums of 2014’ list.
  • Ranked #3 in The Guardian readers’ pick ‘Best albums of 2014’ list.
  • Ranked #5 in MOJO’s ’50 Best Albums Od 2014′ list.
  • Ranked #6 in Q’s ‘top 50 Albums Of 2014’ list.
  • Ranked #16 in Pitchfork’s ‘The 50 Best Albums of 2014’ list. 

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