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[[caption-width-right:345: The PatronSaint of Guitar Shreds and LyricalDissonance]]

->''"It's the place where poetry goes to die. That's me.''"
-->--'''Annie Clark''', on her stage name.

St. Vincent is the {{stage name}} of multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Annie was part of Music/ThePolyphonicSpree (a choral symphonic rock band) and part of Music/SufjanStevens' touring band before going solo with the name St. Vincent, which she claims to be either a reference to [[MultipleChoicePast Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center, where the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in 1953, or her grandmother's middle name]].

As of 2017, she has released six albums:
* ''Marry Me'' (2007)
* ''Actor'' (2009)
* ''Strange Mercy'' (2011)
* ''Love This Giant'' (2012), a collaboration with Music/DavidByrne.
* ''St. Vincent'' (2014)
* ''Masseduction'' (2017)

St. Vincent also opened shows to diverse bands like Music/{{Television}}, Music/ArcadeFire, Music/DeathCabForCutie, Music/GrizzlyBear, and Music/AndrewBird. She and Music/BonIver also composed the song ''Roslyn,'' part of the ''[[Film/{{Twilight}} New Moon]]'' soundtrack- as one of the examples of critically-acclaimed musicians associated with the ''{{Twilight}}'' movies.

Annie Clark's music contains heavy guitar riffs (her signature instrument) together with somehow melodic singing and melodies, and [[LyricalDissonance angry lyrics]].

In 2013, Annie was awarded the Smithsonian's American Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, her SelfTitledAlbum took home the award for Best Alternative Music Album.

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!!Relevant tropes related to her or her music are:

* ADateWithRosiePalms : "Birth In Reverse" has a ''very'' impactful first line.
-->What an ordinary day
-->Take out the garbage, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick masturbate]]
* {{Adorkable}} : Just watch any videos of her playing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKlGtZ_KdF8 She seems genuinely surprised]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF95szVphMEt that people love her so. ]]
* AdultFear: The subject of many of the songs on ''Strange Mercy'', particularly the title track.
* AntiLoveSong: "Now, Now", "Marry Me" and "The Strangers" are particularly blatant examples, although there are many.
* BecomeARealBoy: The prayer of "Prince Johnny", in a ShoutOut to ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* BigApplesauce: Played with. Her 2017 single, "New York" isn't so much about romanticizing arriving to New York (as many other songs do), but instead, is a love ballad regarding her departure from NY.
* BiTheWay: Was in a relationship with Creator/CaraDelevingne.
* CruelMercy : The central theme behind "Strange Mercy", both the song and the record.
* DarkerAndEdgier: the dual-singles "Krokodil" and the Swans-esque "Grot", which compared to the rest of her work are outright brutal & menacing as well as having an extreme sense of mood-whiplash, especially with "Grot". Alas, nothing similar appeared on the more restrained ''St Vincent''.
** Really each album got progressively darker, moderately on the cerebral ''Actor'' and more intensely on the moody ''Strange Mercy'', though ''St Vincent'' seemed to smooth over some of her harsher edges for a more cohesive feel.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** "Surgeon"
--->Best finest surgeon\\
Come cut me open
** "The Apocalypse Song":
--->All your praying moments amount to just one breath\\
Please keep your victory\\
But give me little death[[note]]in French, "little death" (''la petite mort'') is a metaphor for an orgasm[[/note]]
* DownerEnding: Both of her videos for the singles off ''Strange Mercy'' have this:
** "Cruel": Annie is kidnapped by a motherless family, forced to be a housewife and routinely abused, until she's buried alive. The objective feel of the video and Annie's stoic demeanor make all this BlackComedy.
** "Cheerleader": Annie is a larger-than-life, hyper-realistic sculpture à la RonMueck who comes to life. She tries to escape the gallery where she's kept, but ends up collapsing under her own weight.
* EpicRocking : Interestingly subverted, St. Vincent songs are always economical while still being able to showcase her crazy awesome guitar skills. It's during live performances where you can REALLY see her cut loose as she regularly extends her guitar solos on tour.
* FaceOnTheCover : The albums ''[[https://www.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/0652637291926.jpg Actor]]'' and ''[[http://images.rapgenius.com/cf6ac70704b2ac1a8a4d62705cffbc4a.998x1000x1.jpg Marry Me]]'' simply have Annie Clark on the cover in her signature clear wide eyed gaze. ''St. Vincent'' has a full-body portrait of the artist sitting on a throne.
** Averted with ''Strange Mercy'', which has her mouth agape seen through a white latex screen, and ''Masseduction'' which shows a woman's rear.
* FunWithPalindromes: Before she was St. Vincent and was just a young student of the Berklee College of Music, she released an EP titled ''Ratsliveonnoevilstar''.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Surgeon", depending upon one's interpretation
* LastNoteNightmare: "Black Rainbow" is a rather calm and melodic song (even though it contains some really [[LyricalDissonance depressing lyrics]]) that ends with some really heavy guitar distortion.
** A slight inversion with the lush coda to the otherwise exceptionally tense and sinister "Your Lips Are Red".
* LyricalDissonance: ''Oh so much''. "Now, Now", "Black Rainbow", "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood", "Cheerleader", "The Bed", "Pills"... The list could go on and on.
* LyricSwap: In some live versions of "Strange Mercy", the lyric: "If I ever find the dirty policeman who roughed you up," is altered into a harsher "[[PrecisionFStrike fucked you up"]].
** In some live versions, the lyric in "Prince Johnny", "And bragged of when and where and who you're gonna bed next", gets switched to "...and who you're gonna fuck next."
* MoodWhiplash: The first single from ''Masseduction'', "New York", is a gentle piano ballad. The successive one, "Los Ageless", is a New Wave and dance rock-inspired number which features plenty of her signature guitar riffs.
* MoustacheDePlume
* MurderBallad: Possibly "Your Lips Are Red".
* NervousWreck : Exemplified when she was younger. She's had anxiety attacks since she was around 8 or 9. Fortunately, they've gotten better since and she has them less often. This anxiety can still be found in many of her songs though.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: With references to "horsehair whips", [[SafeWord safe words]] ("who will hear/hear your word?"), and masochism ("heal my hurt"), "Chloe In the Afternoon" can definitely be interpreted as this.
** "Give Me Your Loves" isn't directly about this, but the subtext is there.
* PrecisionFStrike: In "New York":
--->And if I call you from First Avenue\\
Where you're the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Honestly, her skin's so fair it's not fair. She went platinum blonde for ''St. Vincent'' and its ensuing tour.
* RaisedCatholic: The reason why religious imagery is so prevalent throughout many of her songs...even though she doesn't really identify as being particularly religious anymore.
* SelfbackingVocalist: Being a one woman band, she usually does this.
* SelfTitledAlbum: It took her four albums to get there, but she got there and unlike other albums, there's a definite reason for the choice, indicating her growth and self-realization.
-->'''St. Vincent''': “I was reading Miles Davis’ autobiography and in it he talks about how the hardest thing for any musician to do is to sound like yourself. And I thought, ‘You know what? I sound like myself on this record.'
* TheSomethingSong: "The Apocalypse Song".
* ShesGotLegs: You better believe [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdsdiqxHpI1qzs2sio1_1280.jpg it.]]
** The promotion for ''Masseduction'' has gone out of its way to show them. At one point in the video for "Los Ageless" she's seen singing bent forward in a sort of yoga pose, with the camera positioned through her legs spread wide.
* ShoutOut: The lines "best finest surgeon, come cut me open", from the song "Surgeon", were originally written by [[MarilynMonroe Marilyn Monroe]] on her diary.
** The title of her first album, ''Marry Me'', also came after an episode from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
** "Chloe In The Afternoon" shares its name with the 1972 Eric Rohmer French film ([[InNameOnly though the content in both is largely unrelated]]).
** Her name, St. Vincent, might also be one derived from a Music/NickCave song.
* StalkerWithACrush: implied with "Dilletante".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "New York".
* SurrealMusicVideo: All of them. Special mention goes "Digital Witness", where she looks like a mental patient witnessing pseudo-military actions in a desolate, futuristic city.
* UnreliableNarrator: The speaker of "Champagne Year" openly admits that she makes a "living telling people what they want to hear" before declaring that it's going to be a "champagne year".
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