Feist – Let It Die

Canadian singer-songwriter's enchanting long-player

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Few outside Canada heard Leslie Feist’s late-’90s debut, Monarch, but this diminutive chanteuse’s seductive voice has graced recent offerings from Broken Social Scene and her pal Gonzales, who co-produced this beautiful collection of breezy MOR pop. There’s a touch of Carole King and Karen Carpenter as she breathes warmth and melody into lilting openers “Gatekeeper” and “Mushaboom”. However, a desperate-sounding cover of The Bee Gees’ “Inside And Out” suggests she’s still prone to over-emoting.

Too square for her hipster target audience, she has a better chance of conquering Radio 2.

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