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  • Summary: The acoustic version of the singer-songwriter's 2017 Masseduction was recorded over two days and features just Clark's vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano.
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. 95
    It’s precise where MASSEDUCTION was deliciously sloppy. But in real terms, they’re both as near to perfect as a pop record is going to get these days--incredibly perceptive, personal and inviting with clever lyrics sitting on beautifully inventive melodies. Both albums are great. Both albums deserve all the awards.
  2. 83
    MassEducation brings Clark’s acoustic inclinations from YouTube’s annals to wax grooves, and serves as a testament to her versatile songwriting and remarkable vocal strength.
  3. Oct 23, 2018
    80
    Occasionally, MassEducation borders on being too stark for its own good, but the songs hold their power in this unvarnished setting.
  4. Oct 16, 2018
    72
    She has discussed the idea of songs having multiple lives, and that people, too, can live more than one existence in parallel, always aware of their diametric opposite. These songs bridge the gap between the two, exposing the overwhelming darkness that unifies her eclectic output along the way.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    MassEducation is hardly a necessary addition to St. Vincent's repertoire, but it is nevertheless an interesting and worthwhile listen for fans.
  6. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    It will be fascinating to see where Clark goes next, but in the meantime MassEducation is better than it needs to be, and an interesting reflection on a career defining record.
  7. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    MassEducation is an object lesson in how sonic switch-ups can offer new insights into even the most idea-dense material— and listeners as well as artists can have those epiphanies.

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  1. Oct 13, 2018
    9
    It feels somewhat appropriate that an album with such an abundance of reflection on sexual identity should be even more engrossing andIt feels somewhat appropriate that an album with such an abundance of reflection on sexual identity should be even more engrossing and intimate with a "stripping down" of the already fantastic songs. St Vincent's Masseducation is a sonically gorgeous record that ingeniously refines her previous album with a beauty and grace that is as romantic as it is captivating. Expand