ST VINCENT - DETROIT 2017

November 27, 2017 – 5:39 am

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ST VINCENT
Detroit 2017 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Fillmore, Detroit, Michigan; November 14, 2017. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Sara Barron, metrotimes.com:

What do you do when the world is ending? You get your ass to a St Vincent concert and watch it freaking burn.

It should come as no surprise that the artist born Annie Clark found ways to turn a traditional concert into a vanguard, sensory experience that bordered on high art. Clad in a patent leather bodysuit and metallic stiletto booties, Clark mixed equal parts reality and fantasy - a recipe that left the audience in a state of wonderment.

Tuesday night at the Fillmore unfolded like a Tour De St Vincent - the singer began with her earlier cult-followed works. The set began with a dramatic, moving rendition of “Marry Me,” during which Clark emerged from stage left beneath a sea of theater curtains. Rather than competing for attention with the billowing stage drapes, Clark easily commanded the audience’s attention with her omnipotent vocals.

Throughout the show, Clark remained the sole body on stage, save for one or two masked stage hands who delivered a fresh guitar to the artist before quickly fleeing. The absence of a backing band seemed hardly felt at all. Clark’s a reservoir of magnetizing energy - no additional guitarists necessary.

Halfway through the first half of the set, a giant tapestry of an otherworldly being unfurled behind her, looking as menacing as it did terrified. At this point, Clark lied down on stage, singing “Strange Mercy,” while tempting the maniacal monster to swallow her whole. Of course, it didn’t, because it’s not real, but that was easy to forget in this futuristic funhouse of a show.

After “Strange Mercy,” Clark addressed the audience: “It’s not all gloom and doom. I think, sometimes, we like to dance.” Then she finished out the first half of the set with ripping guitar solos in “Rattlesnake” and “Birth in Reverse.”

The second half of the show was a complete performance of Clark’s newest record, MASSEDUCTION, and this is when the whole thing turned into a futuristic, pop-horror acid trip. Clark emerged in a pointy silver dress with turquoise armbands and a bright yellow guitar, ready to take things to a gloriously weird place. During “Pills,” she mocked the over medicated masses while a giant screen showed her being primped and prodded by a dominatrix-looking production staff for an imaginary media feast.

Each song was accompanied with it’s own neon-colored, dark-themed imagery, all of which starred a visually stunning Clark. That made us wonder: Is Clark mocking the self-obsessed absurdity of this generation or participating in it? Or both? Either way, it was nothing short of genius - not to mention, wildly entertaining.

The show appropriately came to a close with “Smoking Section” during which Clark repeated, “It’s not the end” as an army in morphsuits partook in a yoga/pilates hybrid class behind her. Maybe we’re wrong, but it sure felt like The End to us.

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Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Marry Me 4:42
Track 102. Now, Now 4:34
Track 103. The Strangers 4:08
Track 104. Actor Out of Work 2:43
Track 105. Cruel 4:02
Track 106. Cheerleader 4:14
Track 107. Strange Mercy 4:26
Track 108. Digital Witness 4:04
Track 109. Rattlesnake 3:57
Track 110. Birth in Reverse 5:55
43 mins

Disc 2 (MASSEDUCTION)
Track 201. Hang on Me 5:05
Track 202. Pills 4:45
Track 203. Masseduction 3:30
Track 204. Sugarboy 4:22
Track 205. Los Ageless 5:18
Track 206. Happy Birthday, Johnny 3:14
Track 207. Savior 4:34
Track 208. New York 2:51
Track 209. Fear the Future 2:41
Track 210. Young Lover-Dancing With a Ghost 4:27
Track 211. Slow Disco 2:53
Track 212. Smoking Section 4:17
48 mins

Click here to order MASSEDUCTION (released October 13, 2017).
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  1. 6 Responses to “ST VINCENT - DETROIT 2017”

  2. She appeared on the Graham Norton show over here recently and was dressed like she appears on the cover here and frankly sitting down with the others guests looked difficult not to say uncomfortable!
    She looked like a sex worker in a crack factory!

    By swappers on Nov 27, 2017

  3. Great performance, great sound, thanks big o! It appears we may have lost our resident troll, which would be quite the xmas gift to all-lets hope so, definitely been quiet for a couple of weeks…nice.

    By mcm on Nov 28, 2017

  4. St.Vincent! Two thumbs up, and thank you!

    By dr.babyhead on Nov 28, 2017

  5. Actually the shot of the woman on the cover of Masseduction is not Annie. Rather it is one of her friends, a model. Regardless of the cover, a strong album, albeit very different from her previous music.

    By Jania on Dec 25, 2017

  6. This is a fine performance, well recorded. She plays Masseduction in its entirety but with enough instrumental variation to make things interesting. I look forward to listening through the earlier material.

    By Jania on Dec 26, 2017

  7. >>sigh<<
    The picture of Annie on the FRONT cover is clearly her and if you saw the interview on the Norton show you would have understood that the picture on the back is not her.
    Clearly it is her on the front! Hence my comments. The sound and version of the live song on the show was exceptional and just astonishingly good. FYI

    By swappers on Dec 26, 2017

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