The Rapture of Annie Clark

Annie Clark takes over the Parish as St. Vincent.

Live at the Parish Saturday night, she and her band ran through most of Marry Me. Clark’s cherubic face, framed with dark curls, even looks like a saint you would see in a painting. Her spectacular, PJ-esque guitar breakdown after “Jesus Saves, I Spend,” and discordant piano crash before “Marry Me,” only added to her mystique. It’s almost as if a song can’t be too pretty; Clark has to do something to make it rough. She wears it well, though.

“What Me Worry,” the album’s closing glory, was done solo and without the whimsical, bluebird-on-my-shoulder backing. Still, the words made their way all the way into the Parish’s rafters, aided by her gilded soprano:

Have I abused you dear?
You have had it to here
You say love is just a blood match
To see you endure a slash
After lunch

There's a little Anne Sexton, a little Edith Piaf, and there's Annie Clark, just waiting for the Rapture.

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