Happy Monday! For the past few days, I’ve been bopping to St. Vincent’s last album MASSEDUCTION. It is extraordinarily good, so here’s a break-down of all the songs. Enjoy!
“Hang on Me”
I really like this song as an intro to the album. It exemplifies a lot of the themes that are seen in later songs. It’s a bit chill, but not put-you-to-sleep chill; more like excited-to-hear-the-rest-of-the-album chill.
Favorite lyric: “I know you hate my hysterics. I promise this time is different. I won’t cry wolf in the kitchen.”
This song is a bop. I love the more electric influences. Additionally the song has the possibility to mean so many things. It could be looked at as a critique of the pharmaceutical industry, or commentary on the fact that as a society we now have a pill to do practically anything. Also I had no idea that Cara Delevingne sang the chorus?
Favorite lyric: “From the chains to the reigns to the vein to the brain. Anyway there’s a day and I’ll pay it in pain.”
This is my second-favorite song off the album. It is also a bop that makes me want to dance every time I hear it. The wordplay between mass seduction and mass destruction makes me so happy.
Favorite lyric: “Masseduction. I hold you like a weapon. Mass destruction. I don’t turn off what turns me on.”
The highlight for this song is its lyrics. They’re very metaphorical and abstract, but still feel very grounded and relatable. Plus there’s some Shakespeare/Romeo and Juliet references, which is never a bad thing.
Favorite lyric: “Pledge all your allegiance to me.”
I love this song. The play on “Los Ageless/Los Angeles” is very clever. The music is also very catchy and fun.
Favorite lyric: “How can anybody have you and lose you? How can anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind too?
“Happy Birthday, Johnny”
This song is so personal and heartbreaking, haunting and beautiful.
Favorite lyric: “Remember one Christmas, I gave you Jim Carroll. Intended it as a cautionary tale. You said you saw yourself inside there. Dog-eared it like a how-to manual.”
I’m really into the funkier music in this song. It’s reflective of the kinkier vibe of the lyrics. There’s so much that you could dissect with the lyrics – you really should just listen to them a couple times to get it.
Favorite lyric: “Love you to the grave and farther. Honey, I am not your martyr.”
This is by far my favorite song on the album. It is beautiful – there’s no other way to put it. The lyrics are incredible. The feeling of the song is incredible. It’s all just incredible.
Favorite lyric: “Well, you’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.”
“Fear The Future”
I, too, fear the future (yay graduating college!). This song has got a more hard-rock vibe. It reminds me a bit of something from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. I really enjoy the synth and the drums.
Favorite lyric: “I won’t be gone with the goners.”
I feel like this song fits really well with “Pills.” Despite its upbeat tempo and thumping drums/synth, it’s quite a dark (and very good!) song.
Favorite lyric: “Young lover, I wish that I was your drug.”
I love the chill vibe of this song. It reminds me a bit of Harry’s “Two Ghosts” but in a less folk-y way. The strings are lovely, and I’m always into a good ghost metaphor.
Favorite lyric: “I’m so glad I came, but I can’t wait to leave?”
Finally, we have this beautiful, haunting, sad song. I love the lilt of the music and lyrics. Speaking of the lyrics, they feel very personal and deep.
Favorite lyric: “And sometimes I feel like an inland ocean – too big to be a lake, too small to be an attraction.”
What’s your favorite song off of MASSEDUCTION? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter!