Music Review: Feist – Metals

posted on Nov.09, 2011

Release Number: 5th
Hailing From: Amherst, Nova Scotia
Genre: Indie pop
Label: Arts & Crafts / Cherrytree/ Polydor

Feist is the moniker of solo artist Leslie Feist, a Nova Scotia born singer-songwriter. With her fifth release, four years after her very successful album The Reminder, Feist is back to impress the music industry once again. It seems that Leslie Feist has taken a different, more mature and solemn approach with this album. Metals may not feature a track likely to be featured in an iTunes commercial like “1 2 3 4”, but that isn’t Leslie’s intention. Feist isn’t trying to achieve popular recognition; she’s creating an album based around her own experiences and emotions that is sure to please dedicated fans and impress those new to her work.


Metals as a whole has a soft and beautiful sound, but different musical elements are utilized to create this effect. There is a soft relaxing feel in tracks like “Caught a Long Wind” and “Bittersweet Melodies”. “Caught a Long Wind” features a minimalist musical background with some simple piano and light percussion and a hint of strings. “Bittersweet Melodies”, in a slight contrast, has a quaint and lovely fragile sound. “Graveyard” is a darker song which features trumpet when the lyrics fade away. The song keeps repeating the lyrics “Whoa-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, bring ‘em all back to life” which reveals the track’s dim nature and intent. The piece “A Commotion” is one of the tracks most energetic tracks with its quick tempo, repetitive sound and bombarding male voices shouting “a commotion” sporadically throughout the track. “Undiscovered First” has a more folk-like angle than the other tracks with its nature references like “Now hopeful mountaineers climb up to eclipse like the whole sun” and feature pervasive tambourine. “Anti-Pioneer” has a meek bluesy style with string highlights, all incorporated into a slow tempo backdrop. The album comes to a close with the well suited track “Get It Wrong, Get It Right”. The track has a sweet and sincere sound as if to ensure that all the emotion conveyed throughout the album was completely genuine.

Although this album might be labeled less exciting and pop based than its predecessors, this does not make it is any less worthy of praise. Feist was clearly not trying to create the next top pop hit with this album; she was creating an album centered on her own emotions that could speak to people in a different way. Her goal was definitely achieved. Now that popular recognition has been achieved through Feist’s previous albums, Leslie can now focus on creating an album that is truly hers and without the intention of mass appeal, though this is not to say the album is in any way unappealing. Feist simply does what she knows best: creates a smooth, soft album with emotion anyone can feel the second they begin to listen.

Heather Koenig, Music Staff

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