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An­nie Clark used to be con­fined to the indie mar­gins thanks to as­so­ci­a­tions with Poly­phonic Spree, Suf­jan Stevens and, then, her own ac­claimed solo al­bums. But last year, she be­came a sta­ple in the gos­sip pages, too, as a re­sult of her ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with the Bri­tish model Cara Delev­ingne. The pair have sub­se­quently gone their sep­a­rate ways, and it’s clear the whirl­wind courtship has in­spired sev­eral tracks on this fifth al­bum — her most au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal by far. “If you want to know about my life,” the pre­vi­ously fame-ad­verse Clark re­cently said, “lis­ten to this record.” Tid­bits about mod­els and break-ups are all well and good, but what stands out is the qual­ity of the mu­sic. Masse­d­u­ca­tion fea­tures sev­eral of her most im­me­di­ately ac­ces­si­ble songs in­clud­ing the emo­tion­ally racked bal­lad, ‘New York’, and the chart-bait­ing ‘Young Lover’. There’s anger, too, not least on the acidic ‘Los Age­less’ — a song that could have com­fort­ably sat on the su­perla­tive self-ti­tled al­bum from 2014. If the al­bum sounds like the most com­mer­cial she has yet re­leased that could be down to the pres­ence of pro­ducer Jack Antonoff, the Grammy-win­ning gui­tarist with Fun, who worked ex­ten­sively on Tay­lor Swift’s all-con­quer­ing 1989. Clark will be show­cas­ing songs from this al­bum at a pair of shows in Dublin’s Olympia next week­end.

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