8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic range of songs showcasing a great singer
Feist's own compositions belogn firmly in the kooky/indie songwriters camp. her vocals, on the other hand, belong in the classic jazz/pop camp. Imagine a place somewhere between The Cardigans and Norah Jones and you'll be close to how she sounds. Musically it's all kept quite simple with guitar and inventive percussion staying playfully in the background. Producer Chilly...
Published on 12 Jun 2004 by Matt Sephton
3.0 out of 5 stars So, So
I bought this because I really liked her Album The Reminder but this isn't as good in my opinion. Mushaboom is the stand out track the rest slip by without grabbing my attention
Published 17 months ago by astockwelluk
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic range of songs showcasing a great singer,
This review is from: Let It Die (Audio CD)
Feist's own compositions belogn firmly in the kooky/indie songwriters camp. her vocals, on the other hand, belong in the classic jazz/pop camp. Imagine a place somewhere between The Cardigans and Norah Jones and you'll be close to how she sounds. Musically it's all kept quite simple with guitar and inventive percussion staying playfully in the background. Producer Chilly Gonzales has done a wonderful job here, though he could have been a lot more heavy handed considering his own material.
So, whilst the standout track is Feist's own, glorious "Mushaboom" the second half of the album consists of some excellent covers. She makes each and every one of them her own, from The Bee Gees "(Love You) Inside and Out", through Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart" to old Vocal Jazz standard "Now at Last" not to mention the others.
Whether or not this release is a commercial success, it is already a resounding success that it can be released in today's unsure musical industry. Simply fantastic.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting hybrid of old genres,
By A Customer
I bought this after reading a good review in a rock mag, and an amazon review that stated that she sounded a bit like PJ Harvey. Feist sounds nothing like PJH to me (her voice is too pretty), and NOTHING like Norah Jones, but the album was not disappointing. Her voice is soft, stunning; a french-ballad voice over a funky 70's vibe on some songs. She does sound like a heavier Keren Ann,(another female french crossover) or a lighter Eva Cassidy. 'One Evening' and 'Inside and Out' sounds VERY Bee Gee-ish, but are captivating. This album also has very 60's sounds; organs, snapping fingers... There are a few french songs; some are ballads, some are swingy numbers. This album is so eclectic. It might not suit everyone. Let's say I was extremely, but pleasantly surprised. If you hate 70's/disco/folk/ballad... don't buy this. If you love female singer-songwriters with talent, buy it. This album is very catchy and well written. It deserves to be heard!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL,
By A Customer
I bought this album off the back of reading some amazing reviews and was not dissappointed. It is absolutely beautiful. A little bit of magic. Favourite tracks are Mushaboom, One Evening, Secret Heart and Inside and Out. Feist has a voice that is like honey and the more I have listened to the album, the more it has grown on me. I have never written a review for any album I have bought before from amazon but Let It Die compelled me to spread the word!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still fantastic in 2005,
I felt compelled to writing this review as it is such a great album. I am not often given to awarding 5 stars as so many reviews are done in haste and use the 5 stars to vindicate the purchaser rather than reflect the strength of the recording.
I discovered this last year when on holiday and it has been a constant since then, and it came into its' own when we were in Paris towards the end of the year where the album was recorded and it just fit so well and captured our hearts. There are definitely several sides to the album: laid back; 70's groove; french chanson all combining to make it varied and interesting. It is leftfield enough in a Beth Orton way to be cool but not edgy in a PJ Harvey way to be uncomfortable and the Bee Gees cover is superb. Personal favourite is Mushaboom which is sublime. Her voice is great and choice of songs serve to give it longevity
She is touring soon and I recommend trying to catch her live, or at least doing yourself a favour and buying this album.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saddest Part Is That It Ends,
Canada has churned out some great talent over the years Joni Mitchell,Alanis Morissette,Esthero,Nelly Furtado,Glenn Lewis & Deborah Cox to name a few. Feist is my lastest discovery after hearing the title track on a CD i found i loved the womans voice and it took me well over 2 months to track down who this she was. "Let It Die" is a very introvertive and delicate album that has an enchanting and alluring charm to it that makes you feel calm and at ease.
1.Gatekeeper - This like many other songs it's very short the song itself has a somewhat french feel to it and seen as it was recorded in Paris the vibe of it becomes apparent although a very minimal song it has a big impact and her voice is beautiful 10/10
2.Mushaboom - The lead single that promoted the album the title is from the name of the harbour in her home town of Halifax,Canada it reminds me of something Joni Mitchell would have written (think Morning Morningtown)i love the subtle drumline-like beat.This is also one of the only up-beat tracks here 10/10
3.Let It Die - Fantastic is an understatment to how much i love this song it has a very gloomy and melancholic feel a song about a relationship that Feist had to get over yet the other person keeps tryna start things up again and shes just saying 'let it die' theres no point stepping on old ground i personally think this is beautifully written and she sounds excellent 10/10
4.One Evening - The second single which a choice i wouldn't of picked not saying that i don't like it the chorus is wonderful the jazzy feel to it is excellent reminds me of Rhian Benson (remember her!) it's a cool song and is catchy as hell and will stick in your head for days 9/10
5.Leisure Suite - Another jazzy song the finger clicking and the broken baseline is cool this is almost like an acapella this is one of the longest songs on the album and is a good song 9/10
6.L'amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours - Simply translated as Love Does Not Always Last the song is entirely in french and the song sounds very french indeed i enjoyed this song alot the accordian is brilliant alot with the slight sonar sounds which just reminds me of an old TV show it's an interesting song worth listening to 10/10
7.Lonely Lonely - Now here is another sad song which to me is the worst song on the album i just seems to just stay where its put and just doesnt do anything worth shouting about it starts to pick up only to drag back down again 4/10
8.When I Was A Young Girl - It just reminds me of american indians sitting around a camp fire its a cool song and the distorted guitar solo is delicious! seems like a traditional folk song which could have been on the Kill Bill soundtrack it has that kinda feel 10/10
9.Secret Heart - Another song im not overly crazy about its a cheery happy-go-lucky song but sadly just does nothing for me i mean she does sound great but overall i feel this could have taken in a different direction 7/10
10.Inside & Out - This is a cover of the BeeGee's classic "Love You Inside Out" its an interesting choice to cover but i absolutely love it although Feist puts her own twist to it, it somewhat keeps it disco-esque quality to it one of the best songs 10/10
11.Now At Last - What a beautiful closing song it just reminds me of an old disney movie that had the classic songs (not these new ones...bleh!) This is a very cute song and a very good way to close the album 10/10
1.Let It Die
2.Inside & Out
3.Now At Last
5.L'amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours
Take a chance on some great artistry if you liked Sia's Colour The Small One or Rufus Wainwright's Poses then im sure this album will be to your liking.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling tunes for the feet and for the soul,
You'll surely adore it! The glamorous voice of Leslie Feist with great jazzy rhythms. Enjoyable for a very long time. Always makes you wanna dance.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CD of two halves,
This is a great CD which I managed to get hold of after seeing her support Phoenix in London. She blew me away with her voice, talent and confidence on stage.
The album varyies from kooky-indie (Merz, The Cardigans), through slightly angst-ridden rock (PJ Harvey), Tamla Motown soul, folk, lounge and on to old jazz standards in both English and French. A great mix, not to be compared to Norah Jones (that'd be the easy way out), but to be recognised as a very good album indeed on it's own merits.
Here's a track list with some additional info from me, it's now easy to see the fantastic range of music on offer here. This is shaping up to be one of my top three albums of the year.
Here's an annotated track listing showing how the albums is roughly half self-penned compositions and half cover versions. I've not consulted the liner notes at this point as I have a promo copy.
01. Gatekeeper (Feist)
02. Mushaboom (Feist)
03. Let It Die (Feist)
04. One Evening (Feist)
05. Leisure Suit (Feist)
06. Lonely Lonely (Feist)
07. When I Was a Young Girl (Sebastian Mure perf. Traditional)
08. Secret Heart (Ron Sexsmith)
09. Inside and Out (Bee Gees)
10. Tout doucement (Jean Paul Dréau perf. Blossom Dearie)
11. Now at Last (Dick Haymes perf. Blossom Dearie)
12. Amourissima (Feist)
13. L'amour ne dure pas toujours (Franšoise Hardy)
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magic!,
I have rarely come across a voice that is so instantly appealing yet so enduring. I can't get enough of Leslie Feist.. such a breath of fresh air.
The gems include, Gatekeeper, One Evening, Secret Heart and Mushaboom. But, I can't really fault any of this album. It is so well put together and diverse. Her beautiful vocals are always the focus of the tracks, yet they never dominate the music. I find this quite rare and exciting.
I can't wait to see what she does next, a class act!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let it live,
If Lesie Feist sounds familiar, it's because of her musical resume -- it ranges from Canadian indie-popsters Broken Social Scene to female rapper Peaches to the Kings of Convenience. That sort of resume also makes one wonder -- what will her solo debut, "Let It Die," sound like?
The answer: Stripped down, sensual pop music, with a touch of jazz and trip-hop around the edges. It kicks off with only the strums of an acoustic guitar, before Feist jumps in like an orphaned torch singer. "Well it's time to begin/as the summer sets in/It's the scene you set for new lovers," she croons.
From there on, Feist doesn't even slow down. She ventures into cheery, catchy pop like "Mushaboom," sensual slow ballads, rippling trippy songs, and smooth torch songs. There's even -- surprisingly -- a cover of the Bee Gees' "Inside And Out," which she gives a funky spin, and a delicately catchy cover of Ron Sexsmith's underrated "Secret Heart."
The flavour of Feist's music isn't the sort that sets off fireworks and sets you raving about how much fun it is. "Let It Die" is the sort of album that is periodically hailed as being the real deal -- no studio tricks, little musical polish, and a reliance on good songwriting and tunes rather than hooks. In other words, pure music.
The star of the music is Feist herself; her vocals are front-and-center, and she proves herself a rare kind of singer. No "American Idol" vocal explosions, no hyperdramatics. Instead, Feist flexes her vocals in all sorts of different ways -- breathy, husky, ethereal and coy, and and moving along with the music in perfect sync.
Not that Feist's good voice doesn't mean that the music isn't also good. Most of the instrumentation is based on piano and acoustic guitar, with snapping fingers, cowbells, a hint of synth and handclaps thrown in. It's very simple, and very pretty, whether trying out catchy pop or traditional-sounding folk. Only a few songs, like the clunky "Lonely Lonely," fail to be captivating.
Leslie Feist moves out of the shadow of the other bands and artists she's worked with, and establishes herself with the beautiful "Let It Die." A rare and good type of pop.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous and interesting,
i love her voice. i heard it in an add and then searched to find the singer behind it. she does remind me of pj, but i find her a more tender, more soulful and less angry version of pj harvey. she isnt afraid of letting her music reach aesthic beauty, and she isnt afraid of simplicity, which i find in itself incredibly atractive and beautiful. i like every single song in the album, which is rare these days. each has its own personality, and a story, and i found myself caring, and wondering about some of the abstract characters in the songs: "secret heart, what are you made of, what are you afraid of, whats wrong, little man on the secret heart" .... :-). together, the collection brings together a cool mix of groovy folk, 70s dance, african, blues, gospel, rock, country, french classic sounds. the other thing i love about this record is that it isnt over produced. its her rich voice accompanyied by a series of gorgeous, quiet instrumental pieces which in the end create a delicious atmosphere and emotional connection. try it.
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