Feist manages to combine funked-up folk and sultry disco effortlessly and adds the perfect amount of tear-jerking ‘I’ve had a bad day’ tracks to make this eclectic mix fit together seamlessly.
Title track ‘Let it Die’ isn’t the strongest track on the album but beautifully showcases the unmistakable jhai vocal of Feist – emotive and poignant and leagues ahead of comparable artists like Norah Jones.
Perhaps most intriguing on the album, is a cover of the Bee Gees classic, ‘Inside and Out’. Sounding better than ever, this track is sexy and fresh but wholly sensitive to original brainchild of the brothers Gibb - I pray this is released!
Now, don’t get yourself all confused when you think you don’t understand the words on some of the tracks – it’s French! As a native of Canada, it would be a crime if Feist wrote an album without giving us some of the old Sacha Distel action.
‘Toute Doucement’ is a rip-roaring, show tune-esque number that adds yet another genre to this genus-free collection of brilliance. You may also need your phrase book for the hot and humid, electro-accordion brilliance of ‘L’amour ne dure pas toujours’.
Now if you’ve already heard the album you’ll notice I’ve failed to mention the latest single from the album, ‘Mushaboom’. Although you may think this track starts like a crazy nursery rhyme, it is a beautiful reflection of the rest of the album. ‘Mushaboom’ exudes influences from all over the place and although portrays an overall navet, the lyrical recognition of life’s normal struggles is ever-present.
Feist and producer, Gonazales have created an extraordinary assortment of beautiful music. You may need all your fingers and toes to count the different directions it takes you in, but think of this as an unwillingness to be put in a box rather than a lack of focus.
God only knows what section you’ll be able to find this at your local record store – but you must find it!