Leslie Feist

Album Title: Let it Die
Release Date: May 2004
Genre: Pop/Alternative
May I never sing the same way again. What an album! The power and tenderness of Feist's beautiful voice, combined with the emotional insight she brings to both covers and originals, can be compared to favoured Joni Mitchell albums or Leonard Cohen sung by Jennifer Warnes. Deservedly high praise, for Let it Die is a decidedly excellent album, on which every song is strong.

Recently honoured with a 2005 Juno as New Artist of the Year (Sponsored By FACTOR & Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters), Feist's tremendous intellectual and artistic combustion combine for this second solo masterpiece. Such delicately detailed and varying arrangements - from the muttered background vocals, chimes and handclap percussion to the tiny gospel choir backing her buoyant vocals to subtle electronica and achingly beautiful ballads! Her sweetly melodic pop is infused with soul and she is also developing as a songwriter. The alt-country vein is sublimated to a background hum in a delightful mix of gentle, dancing-with-myself disco and torchy smooth jazz-cabaret crooning, with mischievous pauses and experimental cadences and phrasing.

All of which comes about after a great deal of punk screaming and hollering by the vocally untrained Leslie, who now mesmerizes with new-found vocal restraint, and as a capable guitarist.

Feist is also a key member of the JUNO-winning Broken Social Scene collective, and will be appearing July 1 at Harbourfront. Before that though, buy this album. It is so good, it could change your life.

Writer: Kim Logue

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