The Nowhere Inn Review: St. Vincent’s Genre-Bender is as Eclectic and Mysterious as Its Subject

The Nowhere Inn Review: St. Vincent’s Genre-Bender is as Eclectic and Mysterious as Its Subject
“How can anybody have you and lose you. And not lose their minds, too?”

The criticism of any film, narrative or documentary, wherein a musical artist plays him or herself is that it begins to play like branded IP rather than a natural extension of the artist’s work as the artist. For some, like Bruce Springsteen, a level of self-awareness about their process and inspiration is a design feature rather than a bug. For so many others, such as the Beatles or Spice Girls, big-screen outings were largely fan service. This brings us to the enigma of Annie Clark, who is painfully aware of her persona as a woman of mystery. In fact, she’s frequently mistaken or told she’s an unknown; outside of certain alt-rock circles, perhaps that is true. For some she means the world. For others—like a limo driver and bouncer who don’t
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