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Albums Of The Week: St. Vincent | Daddy’s Home

Annie Clark channels the funky, freaky ’70s on this set inspired by her father.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Daddy’s Home, the sixth album from Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, is the latest facet of an ever-evolving artist regarded by many as the most consistently innovative and intriguing presence in modern music.

Clark made her recorded debut as St. Vincent in 2007 with Marry Me. Her subsequent albums would grow in stature and complexity, including Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), and the self-titled fourth album that won the 2014 Grammy for Best Alternative Album, making her only the second female artist ever to win in that category. In addition to these solo works, St. Vincent plays nice with others: Her collaborations have included an album with David Byrne (2012’s Love This Giant), a performance as singer and lead guitarist of Nirvana at the band’s 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and a 2019 Grammy Awards duet with Dua Lipa.

In 2017, working with co-producer Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent created a defining statement with Masseduction. As ambitious as it was accessible, the album broke St. Vincent into the U.S. and UK top 10s while landing at #1 on multiple Best of 2017 lists. 2018’s MassEducation revealed another dimension of Masseduction. Recorded live in the studio by Annie on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano over two nights in August 2017, the album lays bare the exquisite songcraft of its other half, rendering songs like Slow Disco and Savior and their subjects in vivid, vulnerable new light.

In the winter of 2019, as Masseduction’s title track won the Grammy for Best Rock Song and the album won Best Recording Package, St. Vincent’s father was released from prison. She began writing the songs that would become Daddy’s Home, closing the loop on a journey that began with his incarceration in 2010 for his role in a multi-million-dollar stock manipulation scheme, and ultimately led her back to the vinyl her dad had introduced her to during her childhood. The records she has probably listened to more than any other music in her entire life. Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975. Gritty. Grimy. Sleazy.

The album was produced by Clark and Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhard, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway. Candy Darling lived within and presided over it all. “And your wig, blonde, rolls home waving from the latest uptown train. I never wanna leave your perfect candy dream. So candy darling, I brought bodega roses for your feet and candy, my sweet, I hope you will be coming home to me.”