Feist - Let It Die
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Release date: 22 August 2005
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- Let It Die
- One Evening
- Leisure Suite
- Lonely Lonely
- When I Was A Young Girl
- Secret Heart
- Inside And Out
- Tout Doucement
- Now At Last
- Gatekeeper (Full mix)
A homespun gem of an album
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Feist - Let It Die: Wikipedia Album Entry
Somewhere in between living with Peaches, playing guitar with By Divine Right, rapping with Chilly Gonzales, and singing with Broken Social Scene and Apostle of Hustle, Canadian songstress Feist started a solo career. Following up 1999's self-released Monarch, Let It Die was recorded in Paris between 2002 and 2003. The romance of the City of Lights glows throughout as a combination of folk, bossa nova, jazz-pop, and indie rock finds its place among the 11-track song list. She'll woo you with her sultry vocals throughout, a delicate and sweet voice that feels cozy. From the warm shimmy and shake of "Gatekeeper" and "Mushaboom" to the classy R&B grooves of "One Evening" and "Leisure Suite," Feist explores various musical worlds without getting lost. She reels you into different soundscapes and it's an exciting adventure. Dare yourself to imagine Patrice Rushen, Ivy's Dominique Durand, and Astrud Gilberto in a group, and that's basically the beginning threads of Let It Die. Feist never holds back sonically or musically; however, Let It Die isn't an extravagant first album. She's playful with her design and the overall composition flows nicely. Feist has varied styles and sounds just right, and that's what makes Let It Die the secret treasure that it is. Her rendition of Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart" is a cinematic outing for a dewy spring day. The Bee Gees' "Inside And Out" gets a foxy makeover for what is probably the album's finest moment. Feist's soft touch makes magic on these particular covers, and the bittersweet loveliness of Blossom Dearie's "Now At Last" ties it all together to make Let It Die a storybook romance.
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Well, it's time to begin as the summer sets in
It's the scene, you set for new lovers
You play your part painting in a new start
But each gate will open another
Tout doux, tout doux, tout doucement
Toujours, tout doux, tout doucement
Secret heart, what are you made of?
What are you so afraid of?
Could it be three simple words
Or the fear of being overheard?
The evening was long, my guesses were true
You saw me, see you
That something you said, the timing was right
The pleasure was mine
Helping the kids out of their coats
But wait the babies haven't been born
Unpacking the bags and setting up
And planting lilacs and buttercups
Water water on the seeds
To my left they rose and leaf
To my right cross seven seas
Let it die and get out of my mind
We don't see eye to eye
Or hear ear to ear
In my leisure suite
Just for talking
Baby, I can't figure it out
Your kisses taste like honey
Sweet lies don't gimme no rise
Oh, for what you're trying to do
When I was a young girl I used to seek pleasure
When I was a young girl I used to drink ale
Out of the ale house down into the jail house
My body's salivated and Hell is my doom