We know what you're thinking: "Stop writing about St. Vincent." "She doesn't live in Dallas." She's not even from here." Well blah, blah, blah. Annie Clark cut her teeth as a musician here in North Texas, she identifies as being from here and even still splits her time between here and New York, where she lives these days and where her band is based. And we couldn't be prouder of everything she's done -- especially in 2014.
With the year drawing to the close, there's suddenly plenty to say about St. Vincent all over again. That's because the annual onslaught of high-falutin' end-of-year honors are being rolled out, and not surprisingly the one-time Polyphonic Spree member has featured prominently all over the place.
Today Clark gets to add a new honor to that growing list of accolades, and it's a pretty prestigious one: This morning (well, morning our time anyway) London newspaper The Guardian picked St. Vincent as the best album of 2014. The record beat out some stiff competition from the likes of Flying Lotus, the War on Drugs, Aphex Twin, FKA twigs and Beck.
Acknowledging Clark's oft-praised sonic template on this record, Alexis Petridis says that St. Vincent "seems to have come from a completely different, more intriguing world to most rock music in 2014" -- and that that singular vision and adventurousness sets her apart from the pack. High praise, indeed, especially coming from one of the U.K.'s most respected critics.
St. Vincent has already gotten some other big year-end nods in recent weeks. The record placed No. 4 on Rolling Stone's list, which may as well be No. 1 seeing how it placed behind the rag's predictably nostalgic preferences for U2 and the Boss. (Sorry, but it's true.)
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She was also nominated for a Grammy Award last Friday for Best Alternative Music Album, and with lists still to come from the likes of Pitchfork, Spin, NME and our own sister paper, Village Voice's, massive Pazz & Jop critic's poll she's likely to scoop up more prizes.
So here's to ending 2014 with a bang. Congrats (again), Annie.
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