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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
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Feist
Let It Die
Arts & Crafts

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
You won't meet too many people (well, that visit this site anyway) that were not taken by Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In People. I for one ravished it like a 18th century colonial ravished young native virgins. Vulgar, conjectural and nonsensical metaphors aside, one of my favourite tracks was definitely "Almost Crimes," and I was enamored of the female vocals of Leslie Feist for quite some time. So it was to my esteemed (read: the use of 'esteemed' makes me sound like an important critic) pleasure that Feist would release a solo album of her own material.

Comprised of only five Feist originals, the eleven track album is rounded out with covers (by the pure mathematical science of black magic one can surmise that 5+X=11, therefore must X=6). Although the six covers are nice and tidy in their presentation and some have a pleasant charm the best portions of the disc come around with her original pieces. Let it Die is filled with some serene moments and shows Feist's shining fondness of a really dynamic song structure.

After making most of my friends listen to Feist, I have found that her music appeals to many different tastes. My friend played this album while at work one evening and during the course of the disc, three different people came up to her and asked what was playing (well I assume it was probably because they enjoyed it, but draw what conclusions you feel necessary).

The first song I heard off of this disc was "Mushaboom," which I immediately fell in love with; Feist's vocal timbre and the sheer playfulness of the instrumentation give this track a characteristic all it's own. Portions of the album, like the opener, "Gatekeeper," see the vocals as the main melodic push, and change while the sparse instrumentation provides a gorgeous timing and tone. Standouts like "One Evening", "Inside and Out" and "Let it Die" are downright wonderful in their minute diversity and contribute to a nice feeling of stylistic movement throughout the album.

I'll bypass the normal review staple of saying "you'll like this if you like...[band], [band], [band]" because it would be quite useless really - you'll most definitely enjoy it, and most people will fall in love with Let it Die despite what I say - so I might as well be rambling on about the shifting critical perceptions of the artist Sir Peter Blake, and his work in relation to cultural changes prevalent in the late 20th century... Or the understanding of his seminal works, On the Balcony and Toy Shop, in the context of cultural change, in observation of the shifting societal structure in the 1960's (Let's both stop here - Read: go and get this album, you won't be disappointed).

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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