St. Vincent covers Big Black’s “Kerosene,” a song about being bored into self-immolation by the suburbs. Steve Albini, who first performed the song on Big Black’s 1986 Atomizer, is known as the brilliant and spiteful king of aggrocreep, but Annie Clark walks into his house, creeps him out, and burns it down. Look for that deranged shudder two minutes in.
She’s earned our attention, weirdly enough, by being perfectly absent. I think Black is a spokesmodel for the concept that we needn’t envy the wealthy, since they are far more culturally clueless than we could have suspected.
It is summed up in the phrase: the bourgeois is a bourgeois—for the benefit of the working class.