MASSEDUCTION. Instead, the 2017 release favored more fragmented, futuristic pop, drawing from new wave and industrial, and according to St. Vincent, it’s her most autobiographical album yet. Jack Antonoff produced and co-wrote much of the album, but unlike his work this year with Lorde and Taylor Swift, it feels more like a collaboration and less like a hitmaker applying his stamp. “New York” begins as a minimal piano torch song, but St. Vincent asserts herself as the witty provocateur soon enough, singing, “You’re the only motherf***er in the city who can handle me.” Even without guitar, St. Vincent shreds — making anxieties thrilling, even funny.
St. Vincent is a contemporary guitar hero, yet the musician born Annie Clark largely abandoned the instrument for her fifth studio album,