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Feist – Metals

After being embraced by hipsters because of her past with Broken Social Scene, after having seduced a lot of youngsters into buying an Ipod Nano by letting Apple use “1234” in a commercial and after whipping kids into a frenzy by performing the same song on Sesame Street, Feist has become something of a household name after the release of “The Reminder”.

With success comes pressure though and maybe that’s why Leslie Feist secluded herself in Big Sur, the place where Kerouac wrote a book and lost his mind. Four years it took her to release the follow-up to her breakthrough album, but “Metals” was well worth the wait.

It turned out to be a soft, mellow album except for the occasional outburst (“A Commotion”, “Undiscovered First”). Most of the songs however take a little longer to sink in but ultimately do succeed in getting under your skin. “Graveyard” is one of those songs that slowly blossoms into something beautiful. It’s all very bluesy, organic and real… little flaws have simply been left in the mix by producers Mocky, Gonzales and Valgeir SigurĂ°sson and that’s how come you hear a bar stool creaking at the beginning of “Bittersweet Melodies”. It all contributes to a more authentic, honest sound and while you’d be hard-pressed to find any real highlights (or points of light for that matter), “Metals” is an album that you need to live with for a while before it shows its true colours.
Score: 8 out of 10

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