It's often difficult to easily describe just what makes a St. Vincent album such a special work of art. Annie Clark, the brains behind indie-rock act St. Vincent, gloriously stands out in the sea of female singer/songwriters. For one thing, her albums sound like nothing else released that year. She brutally resists the comforting notion that a female songwriter makes fluffy, airy songs about love and life. Sure, her songs concern those matters, but the way she presents them displays a creative force the likes of which have not been harnessed by anyone male or female this decade. Clark's musical arrangements, however, are what put her music into an echelon all by herself. Her latest work, Actor, employs a massive sound a building aural force that peaks in a crescendo of menacing violins, thundering drums, and frenetic guitars. Songs like "The Party" and "Just the Same but Brand New" both start out as light-hearted jaunts, later culminating in a beautiful clash of overwhelming melodies. Clark will no doubt bring such force to the stage, stomping her way through her set while losing herself in musical brilliance.
Thu., Feb. 11, 8 p.m., 2010