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Actor
Studio album by St. Vincent
ReleasedMay 4, 2009
Recorded2009 at Elmwood Studio, Dallas, Texas and The Track Studio, Plano, Texas, United States
GenreIndie rock, baroque pop
Length39:09
Label4AD
ProducerAnnie Clark, John Congleton
St. Vincent chronology

Actor is the second album by musician St. Vincent, released by 4AD on May 4, 2009, in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States. The first single released was "Actor out of Work" that April.[1] Annie Clark was influenced by scores to films by Disney and Woody Allen.[2] To prevent writer's block, Clark watched films without the sound and composed music for her favorite scenes.[3] After arranging the music using GarageBand, she then wrote lyrics and added gentle vocal melodies.[2]

The music video for "Actor out of Work" was premiered April 10, 2009 on Spinner.[2] In it, Clark auditions a series of actors who begin sobbing in front of her.[4] The video for "Laughing with a Mouth of Blood" features Clark with comedy duo ThunderAnt as owners of a feminist bookstore.[5]

Contents

  • 1 Reception
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Personnel
  • 4 Singles
  • 5 Sales chart performance
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

§Reception

The album received wide critical acclaim.[7] In the 2009 Pazz & Jop albums survey, Actor ranked twelfth,[8] and most of the songs on it received mentions for the singles survey.[9] Pitchfork Media gave the album an 8.5/10 rating and a "Best New Music" tag, praising the concept and describing the sound as "melodic and controlled, conjuring abrasive textures that nevertheless have a clean, meticulous quality that complements her immaculate arrangements."[1] It later placed Actor number 13 on its year-end list of albums,[10] and "Actor out of Work" ranked number 52 on its list of the year's top tracks.[11] Pitchfork included "The Strangers" at number 492 on its list of the top tracks of the 2000s.[12]

The AV Club's review called the album a departure from St. Vincent's debut, noting an absence of "the coy, conventional pop winks of Marry Me; even Actor '​s lovelier moments come tinged with down-the-rabbit-hole danger." Clark has "found her own voice—and it's one you wouldn't want reading your kids any bedtime stories."[6]

Other reviewers, such as Entertainment Weekly and AllMusic, praised the album's contrast of melodic pop and distorted guitars with dark lyrics. PopMatters listed Actor number 26 on its list of the year's best albums.[13]

§Track listing

All songs written and composed by Annie Clark. 

 

§Personnel

  • Annie Clark – vocals, guitar, bass, keys, arrangement, and GarageBand
  • Hideaki Aomori – flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and soprano saxophone
  • Michael Atkinson – French horn and score consultant
  • Daniel Hart – violin, sarangi
  • Mackenzie Smith – drums
  • Alex Sopp – flute
  • Paul Alexander – additional bass guitar
  • William Flynn – additional bass guitar
  • Jeff Ryan – additional drums
  • Matthias Bossi – additional drums
  • Aynsley Powell – additional drums

§Singles

  • "Actor out of Work" (April 20, 2009)
    1. "Actor out of Work"
    2. "Bicycle"
  • "Marrow" (November 2, 2009)
    1. "Marrow"
    2. "Oh My God"

§References

  1. ^ a b c "St. Vincent Announces New Album: Actor". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Ayers, Michael D. (April 22, 2009). "Acting Out". Billboard 121 (16). Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rao, Priya (April 20, 2009). "St. Vincent's Grand Ambitions". Women's Wear Daily 197 (83). Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (May 7, 2009). "I Like Things That Are Unsettling". New York Times: C1. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Baron, Zach (February 4, 2010). "New St. Vincent Video: 'Laughing With a Mouth of Blood,' Featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b O'Neal, Sean (May 5, 2009). "St. Vincent: Actor". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Actor reviews at Metacritic.com. Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  8. ^ "New York Pazz And Jop Albums". The Village Voice. 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "New York Pazz And Jop Singles". The Village Voice. 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Klein, Josh (December 17, 2009). "The Top 50 Albums of 2009". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Wolk, Douglas (December 14, 2009). "The Top 100 Tracks of 2009". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 500-201". Pitchfork Media. August 17, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Huff, Quentin (December 17, 2009). "The Best 60 Albums of 2009". PopMatters. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Chart Log UK – Chart Coverage and Record Sales 2009 and Special Single-File Version. Zobbel.de. Retrieved on 2010-11-30.
  15. ^ a b c St. Vincent, Billboards.com, May 23, 2009
  16. ^ St. Vincent, Billboards.com, May 23, 2009

§External links

Actor at MusicBrainz (list of releases)

   

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