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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, mellow yet beautiful..,
This review is from: Metals (Audio CD)First up just so you know I'm not a big Feist fan. I'm aware of her work, and most definately respect it, but not enough to "follow" what she's up to.. I picked this album up quite simply because the reviews are just phenomenal, and I wanted something mellow to throw into my music rotation. Just so you know, this is a very impressive piece of work, it's soft, melodic, sweet, and not to be "cheesy" but quite beautiful! When I'm stressed out and looking for something to chill me out a bit this album has been my "mellow weapon" of choice! The reviews (for a change) were right, this album isn't just a canadian gem, it's a musical gem. Mellow is good friendly readers, especially when it's done to perfection, you'll see!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Feist,
This review is from: Metals (Audio CD)Feist keeps amazing me with her talent. Not only does she have one of the most beautiful contemporary voices, she is one of Canada's best singers in my opinion. I saw her on her last tour at the Capitol in Moncton, and it was one of the most enjoyable concerts I've ever attended. Her previous CD "The Reminder" is on my top ten list of all time. This one is more subdued, but no less entertaining. Bravo Feist and labelmate Dan Mangan who released "Oh Fortune" the week prior. Also kudos to label Arts & Crafts which continuously releases exquisite recordings; A&C is the best label hands down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great music,
This review is from: Metals (Audio CD)Fantastic music. I like it better than the Reminder. Beautiful rhythms (sometimes almost an Arcade Fire-esque use of big, driving rhythm) and harmonies, interesting lyrics and of course Feist's voice. It doesn't have any pop song-catchy tunes but is more meditative and is, as a whole album, a more cohesive musical statement than the Reminder. Can't stop listening to it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist Metals,
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This review is from: Metals (Audio CD)This is a wonderful project - creative arrangements and great songwriting. She has moved out of a purely pop style and into something much more significant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet melodies,
This review is from: Metals (Audio CD)I can't say for sure, but I'm fairly sure that Leslie Feist was sad when she made this album.
There's always been a hint of the bittersweet in Feist's folk-jazzy-pop music, even though her last album was a sparkling, colorful affair. But her fourth solo album "Metals" is a far more bittersweet, raw affair, like listening to someone's heart breaking under a moonlit sky in the country.
She sets off with the percussive, country-flavored "The Bad in Each Other," an uneasy bleak song that makes you think of dark rooms and destructive passion. "We held the same feelings/at opposite times/A good man, a good woman/can't find the good in each other," she murmurs.
After that, she slips into a string of soft, slightly sad songs -- the murky drift of "Graveyard," the starlit ballad "Caught a Long Wind," the jazzy "How Come You Never Go There?", the string-soaked meditative "Anti-Pioneer" and its string-soaked crescendo, the heartrendingly lovely "Undiscovered First," and the more hopeful, haunting finale "Get It Wrong, Get It Right" ("We'll go, can hope/have to hope...")/
But she also explores some more.... off-kilter music. "A Commotion" eases us in with the sound of someone repeatedly clamping down on piano keys, only to be swept into a surreal rock of strange voices, bizarre noises and gleeful darkness. And "Cicadas and Gulls" is a proggy bulk that slowly rolls through your ears. It's strangely hypnotic, but it's also uncomfortably out-of-step with the other songs.
I adored "The Resident," and all the different pop styles that Feist was trying on for size. But honestly, it feels like "Metals" is almost the polar opposite -- while some of the musical stylings are similar to Feist's previous works, this one is far softer, sadder and more contemplative.
She sticks mostly to the jazzy-folky-pop sound of her previous albums, but cloaks the acoustic guitars in a sheen of nimble swirling pianos, keyboard, toy piano and great silken masses of strings. And her slightly husky voice floats over the whole thing... except when she yowls, drones or soars. It sounds like it should be lulling -- and sometimes it is, such as in "Graveyard" -- but often Feist throws in something twisted or unnerving when you don't expect it.
There's a sadness and darkness in Feist's "Metals," but it doesn't make the album any less beautiful in execution. I don't think we'll hear any of these songs in iPod commercials, though.
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