Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
Recording Location:
Big Sur, CA
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Recording Date:
February 15, 2011 - March 17, 2011
Release Date:
October 4, 2011

With Metals, Feist responds to the surprise success of 2007’s The Reminder with a whisper, not a bang. She treads lightly through a series of disjointed torch songs and smoky pop/rock numbers, singing most of the songs in a soft, gauzy alto, as though she’s afraid of waking some sort of slumbering beast. Whenever the tempo picks up, so does Feist’s desire to keep things weird, with songs like “A Commotion” pitting pizzicato strings against a half-chanted, half-shouted refrain performed by an army of male singers. But Metals does its best work at a slower speed, where Feist can stretch her vocals across fingerplucked guitar arpeggios and piano chords like cotton. “Cicadas and Gulls,” with its simple melodies and pastoral ambience, rides the same summer breeze as Iron & Wine, and “Anti-Pioneer” breaks down the blues into its sparsest parts, retaining little more than a sparse drumbeat and guitar until the second half, where strings briefly swoon into the picture like an Ennio Morricone movie soundtrack. They’re gone after 30 seconds, though, leaving things as quiet as they began. Like the rest of the subdued track list, “Anti-Pioneer” is unlikely to find itself featured in an iPod commercial, meaning Feist’s days as a provider of hip, trendy TV jingles may be over. Still, there’s a soft-spoken power to Metals, even if its songs are more liquid and atmospheric than the title suggests.

The Bad in Each Other / Leslie FeistFeist4:44
Graveyard / Leslie Feist / Chilly GonzalesFeist4:17
Caught a Long Wind / Leslie Feist / Chilly GonzalesFeist4:54
How Come You Never Go There / Leslie FeistFeist3:24
A Commotion / Leslie FeistFeist3:53
The Circle Married the Line / Leslie Feist / Brian LeBartonFeist3:22
Bittersweet Melodies / Leslie FeistFeist3:56
Anti-Pioneer / Leslie FeistFeist5:33
Undiscovered First / Leslie FeistFeist4:58
Cicadas and Gulls / Leslie FeistFeist3:16
Comfort Me / Leslie FeistFeist4:03
Get It Wrong Get It Right / Leslie FeistFeist3:38

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