Warmth and Nostalgia
Leslie Feist, the co-vocalist of the sundry styled pop band, Broken Social Scene, is a singer/songwriter filled with charm, charisma, and style. The first 6 tracks of her romantically inspired solo album Let It Die are originals, and the last 5 songs are covers. As for the originals, the song â€šÃ„ÃºMushaboomâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is flawless in its conception and breathtaking in its delivery. Filled with glowing 60â€šÃ„Ã´s style arrangements, handclaps, and male backing vocals, it is a cozy lounge-pop classic that could soundtrack a brisk yet sunny winter afternoon. The down-tempo disco number â€šÃ„ÃºOne Eveningâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is sexy and fun with its sensual vocals, funk-filled beat and instantly catchy chorus. On the Astrud Gilberto influenced â€šÃ„ÃºLeisure Suite,â€šÃ„Ã¹ accompanied by finger snaps, organs, and a snaky groove, Feist softly sings: â€šÃ„ÃºIn my leisure suite/Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the place to meet/We can press repeat/And do what we do when weâ€šÃ„Ã´re there.â€šÃ„Ã¹ It is a song rich with seduction and steeped in allusion. Feistâ€šÃ„Ã´s renditions of Ron Sexsmithâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºSecret Heartâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and the BeeGeeâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºInside and Outâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are the most compelling of the 5 cover songs. The former is a romantic plea for emotional indulgence adorned with spring time arrangements. The latter is a saucy disco excursion. Here Feist is vocally charged, belting out lines like â€šÃ„ÃºNo matter how you hurt me/I will love you â€šÃ„Ã²till I die.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Let It Die is an album for those who can appreciate eclectic songwriting from a modern-day Chanteuse. Layered with romance, despair, and resolution, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the type of record that feels both timely and timeless. The themes are relevant, while the music is filled with warmth and a sense of nostalgia.