Feist “Metals” (2011)

October 5, 2011

To tell the truth, 1234 is not my favourite song of The Reminder, an album that brought Feist into the stardom. That would be Sealion, Feist’s version of an old American folk song, once recorded by Nina Simone herself. There is no such powerful track on Metals and I doubt whether any single will achieve such success as the aforementioned 1234. It does not change the fact, however, that Metals is much better than her last LP. The Canadian singer-songwriter has crafted a charming folk and pop using simple tricks. The results are nevertheless stunning. Metals captivate the listener from the very beginning thanks to a strong opener The Bad in Each Other with tribal-like drums, guitar, brass and Feist’s very own, beautiful croon. Graveyard is soothing despite its title and ends just splendidly. How Come You Never Go There, the first single, is a peaceful brilliance just before the album’s loudest and most shaking A Commotion, a song that contains an unexpected male chorus and is weirdly… Chinese-oriented. The second half of Metals is more quiet but one definitely cannot say that this record is uneven. It was worth the wait.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: A Commotion, Graveyard, How Come You Never Go There, The Bad in Each Other

Listen to The Bad in Each Other: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NPgMLLE2pE

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