🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 St. Vincent

After all that excitement, let’s get back to business shall we…

A reminder of the current state of play:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And the 301st thread will be;

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Marry Me
  • Actor
  • Strange Mercy
  • Love This Giant
  • St. Vincent
  • Masseduction
  • Daddy’s Home

0 voters

  • Jesus Saves, I Spend
  • Now, Now
  • Actor Out Of Work
  • Marrow
  • Surgeon
  • Cruel
  • Cheerleader
  • Krokodil
  • Who
  • I Should Watch TV
  • Birth In Reverse
  • Digital Witness
  • Prince Johnny
  • Pieta
  • Bad Believer
  • Teenage Talk
  • New York
  • Los Ageless
  • Pills
  • Masseduction
  • Fast Slow Disco
  • Slow Slow Disco
  • Pay Your Way In Pain
  • The Melting Of The Sun
  • Women And Wives
  • Down
  • Daddy’s Home
  • The Nowhere Inn

0 voters

A classic 1 from me. Intensely irritating habit of fucking around with time signatures in a way that is like nails down a chalkboard to me.

8 Likes

Exactly this. If I wanted to listen to jazz I would, except I don’t so stop it please.

2 Likes

I’ve tried and tried but really don’t get it, even though on paper it should be my thing.

10 Likes

Seen her once live but none of her stuff clicks. Haven’t heard enough but then again no desire to do so.

I’ll abstain on voting.

1 Like

If we’d had this thread circa 2014-2015 I would have said that she was at the forefront of new music and coming off a 3-album hot streak. I’m not sure that those albums have aged incredibly well, and the two that followed are a massive step down from that.

Still think Actor and Self-Titled are very enjoyable, and she was fun live in 2014. Hovering between a 3 and a 4

1 Like

4 for me. The first 3 albums were brilliant and there’s enough in each since for me to still be interested. The album with David Byrne is great too.

1 Like

Really hate the production on her albums, especially on her vocals. Not a big fan of her vocal style either. Also thing most of her songs are a bit dull despite having a lot going on. 2/5

3 Likes

Expected this to be an overwhelmingly positive thread with me being the only one to say ‘I feel like I should like her more than I do but bar the odd song I’ve never really enjoyed to listen to her music despite trying many times’ but apparently that is quite a common opinion.

A funny old game.

2

5 Likes

+1 here. Don’t think I can quite score her a 1, but tbh that’s only because of my residual goodwill towards what I think she’s going to sound like rather than what she does actually sound like.

1 Like

Really surprised at the negativity so far, thought she’d be much more popular here.

I think she’s great, lots of fantastic hooks, bags and bags of invention and fun in her music, can’t really think of many artists out there now who combine genuine musical talent and left-field theatrical creativity in the way she does.

I’ve voted 4 mainly because only one album (self-titled) is a 5/5 for me, the rest are 3s or 4s and I’d like to see her hit another album home run before I’d think of her as genuine top tier. But it’s a very high 4.

10 Likes

Seems like a 5/5 human being but a generous 3/5 artist, with the first three albums doing a lot of the heavy lifting there. Could have gone 2/5 but I’m erring high because her signature guitar is so cool.

Want to like her stuff more than I actually like her stuff.

4 Likes

I’ve tried and I’ve seen her live twice but really don’t like her muisc.

1

I think everything has already been said. Apart from New York, which I like a little bit, is just a worse version of Manhattan by Cat Power, DARKSIDE’s remix of Digital Witness is good fun and the promotion for the last album is still really odd there is some sort of cultural tourism that is going on with it that I find really off putting. Never been able to form a well thought out argument about my problems with Daddy’s Home.

3/5

Always assumed she was massive on here. Never heard a full album so will abstain, Prince Johnny is a tune though.

Love her first 3 records, the direction she took afterwards is not for me. She’s super talented and a spectacular guitarist tho still. Generous 4 for the first 3 records.

2 Likes

Another vote for “thought St Vincent would be my bag, but alas no.”

Masseduction sounds like Muse.

1 Like

2/5

Should love it on paper. Very much the opposite in reality.