St. Vincent's "Cheerleader"

A new video from the incomparable St. Vincent:

This is the closest to anthemic that Annie Clark ever gets and that makes it too relatively straightforward for her. What is here is good if there were something else, less direct also going on. The song feels half done, more like a traditional pop song than other of her work. Her latest album, which includes this song, is Strange Mercy. For more St. Vincent videos and more opinions from me about them, see the posts “Actor”“Marrow”“Cruel”, “Dig a Pony”, “Now Now”, and “The Alluring Annie Clark”,

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  • Francisco Bacopa

    Sounds like someone is trying to be a more pop-friendly version of Portishead.

  • piero

    Technically, an excellent video, though evidently a rip-off of Ron Mueck. The song itself… well, I would not carry it around in my iPod.

    There is something disturbing about her. She reminds me of Björk. Both are very talented, but their talent is on the wrong side of “the force”, if you know what I mean (well, you most certainly do). Too much depressing imagery, total absence of humour, people displayed as robots, a nightmarish world devoid of love and empathy. It might be effective once, but after three or four videos with the same premise, I just think to myself, what’s wrong with these people?

    • Daniel Fincke

      I can see the charge that the roboticism of the people in every video is getting creepy and projecting a narrow sense of the human condition. I find her inhuman detachment kind of exhilarating. Maybe I’m just tempted by the dark side of the Force!

    • piero

      Indeed. You have been mesmerized by the all-powerful, all-knowing, intrinsically evil side of The Force. Don’t worry too much about it, though: there are at least one billion Christian sharing your predicament.

    • piero

      And don’t get me started on the Muslims…