St. Vincent, ‘New York’ | Track Review
Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, returns ‘short but sweet’ on “New York,” a promo single from her forthcoming album, ‘MASSEDUCTION.’
Grammy-winning alternative musician St. Vincent is back! After captivating the world with “Digital Witness” and her self-titled album collectively in 2014, she’s dropping MASSEDUCTION (October 13). In advance of MASSEDUCTION, St. Vincent dropped singles “Los Ageless” and “New York.”
Even though it shouldn’t be a defining feature, one can’t help but pinpoint the profanity used in “New York.” Motherf*cker St. Vincent? Geez! One reason is because it’s so unexpected. Another is, it’s part of the unofficial pre-chorus, hence recurring. St. Vincent has never had any trouble with showcasing her personality, but the mf-bomb just adds more.
“And if I call you from First Avenue / Where you’re the only motherf*cker in the city / Who can handle me.”
Beyond her potty mouth, the song itself is enjoyable and well-written. St. Vincent keeps things simple – it’s easy to follow. Besides the varying pre-chorus, the chorus is appealing as well. The chorus doesn’t appear until after the second verse, then twice after the third.
“I have lost a hero / I have lost a friend / But for you, darling / I’d do it all again.”
Vocally, Annie Clark sounds cool, calm, and collected – even when she swears.
Verdict? “New York” gives St. Vincent another well-rounded, enjoyable song. Sure, it’s not quite as exciting as “Digital Witness,” but the sound and vibes are on-point. The biggest con is length – it just crosses the two-and-a-half-minute mark!