Let It Die (Arts & Crafts)
By: Cam Lindsay
Broken Social-ite Leslie Feist did well working as part of Canada's most revered indie rock collective, giving You Forgot It In People a nice boost along with Metric's Emily Haines. Finally releasing her second solo album five years after her debut, Feist has timed it perfectly while her buddies get crackin' on another record. Let It Die, however, doesn't follow the same diet of freebase indie rock jams. Instead, Feist has garnered a mish mash of eclectic pop that reveals what she is all about as a solo artist. With the help of Renaud Letang and Gonzales, the music takes on many different shapes and forms, touching on pop, jazz, and folk, all with a completely unorthodox, almost experimental style that is very much her own. "Mushaboom" is a bouncy number that brings the simple folk rhythms of Joni Mitchell and the glamorous arrangements of Rufus Wainwright to mind. "One Evening" is a true contender that could break her into the light rock market, something she may not have planned, but the suave, jazzy pop sound is exactly what Norah Jones fans need to keep their minds on furthering their interests in the right direction. Let It Die is filled with accessibility and credibility that has every chance to convert Feist into the next big thing.
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