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Open Season

Rating: 7/10 ?

August 28, 2006
Canada may be responsible for Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne and Loverboy, but they've managed a certain degree of redemption in Leslie Feist. The sometimes Broken Social Scener released one of the most soothing folk-pop releases of 2005 and, while we wait for a proper follow up, she has attempted to assuage (or heighten, as the case may be) our anticipation with the cleverly-titled remix album, Open Season.

While I have never been one for remix albums, Open Season does capture Feist's live flair a bit better than the majorly mellow Let it Die. Open Season also includes several collaborations of non-Let it Die tracks, which spices up the release as more than just a reheat for publicity purposes. New here is "The Simple Story," a duet of sorts with Jane Birkin, "Snow Lion" from Readymade FC, and "Lovertits" a disco groove featuring Gonzales. While all three songs are unique from each other, they all fit and blend in on Open Season. No sore thumbs here.

The album opens with a delicately and delectably stripped-down solo piano version of "One Evening," played by original Let it Die collaborator Gonzales, which provides a perfect contrast to the blender-iffic mid-range madness which ensues.

Nearly one-third of the album devotes itself to rather diverse remixes of the single "Mushaboom." All four of the interpretations take a novel approach to the song and no one sounds much like the other three, however some are better than others. The remix by Mocky adds a space age feel, while on his remix, Canadian rapper k-os brings the hip-hop vibe, dropping rhymes over Feists's delicate melody.

Rather not unforseen, the Postal Service remix takes the crown with little contest. Complete with a Ben Gibbard hook, this mix adds some spark and depth to an otherwise bubbily folk earworm. Gibbard's fresh backing vocals shadow Feist's voice so well that the idea of further collaboration in the future doesn't seem like such a bad one.

Possibly for the best (or for legal reasons) not every track from Let it Die has an Open Season twin, but the most memorable tracks have found their way into Feist's alternate universe. Open Season is best recommended for Feist fans curious to see Let it Die dressed up in it's Saturday-night best, but with multiple repeats Open Season fails to really dance on it's own.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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