Feist - Let It Die
Having once shared a flat with Peaches, whose Fatherfucker album is the most attention-grabbing title afforded to an album this year, you would be forgiven for thinking that Feist's Let It Die would be an album of dirty rock with the sleazy sound of analogue keyboards amongst the baiting lyrics. Feist even sang on Peaches' Teaches Of Peaches album, appearing as Bitch Lap-Lap but the quiet, introspective music of Let It Die is almost as far from Fatherfucker as it is possible to get.
The first impressions of Let It Die is that it mixes folk with sweet girl/pop from the sixties and even over repeated listenings, this feeling lasts. From her growing up in Toronto, the folk influence is the sound of bitter Canadian winters whilst the girl pop is that of Philles Records, Goffin/King and the Brill Building from over the border in New York. Occasionally, such a mix would stumble over blissful pop moments put uncomfortably amid slow folk but on Let It Die, it's often such a beautiful and heartbreaking sound that, for those of you mourning the pop dramas of The Shangri-Las, should be embraced without further thought.
At its heart, Let It Die is an album about one relationship, from the night that it began to that on which it ended and although there are momenmts of sadness - One Evening and Now At Last - there is also the happiness felt when lovers first meet, Secret Heart, and a swirling celebration of going out with a cover of a dance classic by the Bee Gees, Inside And Out. If there is a little repetition between the meanings of the thirteen songs on Let It Die, then it is surely only because the main subjects on the album are so universal and so much remains unsaid about some kinds of love.
With Feist having also recorded songs like Tout Doucement, When I Was A Young Girl and Amourissima, Let It Die is also more adventurous than the singles of One Evening and Mushaboom had suggested. But throughout the album, the feelings that one is left with are ones of warmth, of finding and falling out of love and something of forgiveness. Let It Die is frequently beautiful, occasionally daring and always a wonderful listen, if absolutely not what you would expect.