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Daddy's Home

St. Vincent

Daddy's Home

Sixth album of experimental indie pop from Annie Clark produced by Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lorde, Lana Del Rey)

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Concord
UK Release date
14/05/2021
US Release date
14/05/2021
  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    Even if its heart is in the '70s, Daddy's Home is a keeper for the decades to come. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    On all fronts, with ‘Daddy’s Home’, St Vincent has delivered spectacularly
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  3. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Although the songwriting is still strongly structured beneath the surface, it’s now built on Le Corbusier curves instead of right angles
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  4. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Playing with identity and touching on family matters, Annie Clark’s sixth album with wilfully twisted musical backing is hugely impressive
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  5. 10.0 |   Gigwise

    Unapologetically suave and full of excitement
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  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    This is St. Vincent in the '20s and she is glorious. The production value is spectacular; her songwriting/production partnership with Jack Antonoff is more than paying off
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  7. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Daddy’s Home from St. Vincent the perfect amalgamation of warm, 70s funk layered beneath unique and ever-inventive pop production. Harsh realities may have inspired the record but supreme musicianship and cleverly written tracks are what hold it all together
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  8. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Daddy’s Home may lack the more exhilarating, guitar-shredding moments of some of Clark’s earlier work, but it’s possibly her best, most considered album to date
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  9. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Forget everything you thought you knew about St. Vincent, because this is Annie Clark 2.0, beamed in from an alternate reality, ready to blow your mind. Daddy’s home, and she’s sounding better than ever
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Channelling 70s New York funk and her father’s release from prison, the ever brilliant Annie Clark loosens up on her engagingly soulful sixth album
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Easily her most coherent and candid yet; whoever she becomes next, this Annie Clark has achieved something special
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Shapeshifting songwriter Annie Clark unearths family truths on her new album
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  13. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While Daddy's Home may not be her best record, it's a bold and rewarding one
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    These are songs that, long after first listen, you find under your fingernails, and scenting your jacket. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The reckoning comes second to the musical vision, snippets of soul-baring hidden beneath dirty glamour
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    On the Dallas-raised musician's sixth record, her trademark dry humour meets a sunnier sonic palette influenced by Bowie and Sly and The Family Stone
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  17. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The artist’s sixth solo album matches pitch-perfect ‘70s-retro stylings with testy lyrical themes
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  18. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Following on from 2017’s Masseduction, a futuristic and electronic exploration of destructive desire, Daddy’s Home nods to the music of George Harrison and Steely Dan while delving into the tragedy and comedy of learning who you are through your parents
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  19. 8.0 |   The Music

    Compelling listening right through to the very end
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  20. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    For those listeners who come to this record having never really gotten on with St. Vincent’s music in the past, there would seem to be more approachable material here
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  21. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s a record about growing up, and playing it straight; a more open, rounded experience than we’ve come to expect from St. Vincent, it’s a brave, fascinating record
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  22. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Despite the dark context of the album, Annie Clark sounds the most relaxed she ever has on record
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  23. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Annie Clark examines her relationship with her father on a retro-minded LP
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  24. 8.0 |   All Music

    Like the albums of the era it was inspired by, Daddy's Home takes time to unfold in listeners' imaginations
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  25. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Annie Clark’s ‘70s-inspired songs are masterful, but lack cohesion outside the album’s detached, irrelevant concept
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  26. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Clark flips between that groovy funk of the 70s, then back to her guitar rock days, and then, sure, she employs some more experimental and electronic moments that might come across as jarring to some
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  27. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    This is a record in love with the bygone spirits it conjures, and even the sparsest tracks sound like they’ve been punctiliously determined. It’s an album that sounds like it wants to be messy, yet is anything but
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  28. 7.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    The mood of Daddy’s Home draws from the grit and grime of early-to-mid-1970s New York. Most of the 14 songs are weary. Electric sitar adds a psychedelic patina. The album’s glow flickers like worn neon signs the run-down narrators straggle past
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  29. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    On Daddy’s Home, Annie Clark assumes the role of daddy, the smoky, swarthy ‘70s inspired image not of masculinity but of swagger
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  30. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    Annie Clark brings the glammy sounds of the ’70s to an album about mothers and daughters, fathers and prison. It’s an audacious and deeply personal record occasionally beset by clunky choices
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  31. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    True to both character and the album’s palette it may be, but it’s far from her strongest statement and fails to carry a set of songs that all too often need a push in the right direction
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  32. 6.0 |   The FT

    The American singer-songwriter draws on experience to deliver an ambitious sixth album
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