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Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, didn’t waste any time setting the bar incredibly high for the 2014 “album of the year” contest. She released her “St. Vincent” in February, and critics rather breathlessly rushed to say things about Clark that David Byrne, having made an album with her, already knew. “A straightforward triumph,” crowed the Guardian. “Her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date,” opined Rolling Stone. “Her most ebullient, ambitiously styled music to date,” offered the Fly.

None of them were wrong. Clark is a ferocious talent, a writer able to delve deep into hyper-emotional terrain without ever coming across as melodramatic or trite, and a record-maker with an equal flair for drama and a sense of playfulness.

Clark, as St. Vincent, has played Buffalo in the past, most recently in the Town Ballroom, where she let her brilliantly idiosyncratic guitar playing do plenty of the talking. This time around, she’ll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Asbury Hall in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) Tickets are $25 advance, $27 day of the show (box office, Tickets.com).

– Jeff Miers