Metals - Feist
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  • Summary: This is the fourth full-length studio album for the Canadian singer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    100
    It's this insistence on resolutely following her instincts that makes this record so lustily appealing from top to bottom. [Nov 2011, p.95]
  2. 90
    On Metals Feist combines the sublime magic of her voice with songs that feature equally strong compositions to render an album that is easily one of the best of the year.
  3. 83
    Metals, which borrows from jazz and blues, is an artfully arranged opus with such natural beauty, it should be certified organic.
  4. 80
    Feist here cements her position as the poster-girl for intimate US indie rock, with songs that peel back the skin of the human condition.
  5. Oct 3, 2011
    78
    The mood and music of Metals is somber and poetic-but not always quiet-finally matching the emotional excavation she's written about throughout her career.
  6. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    Metals has nothing with the instant appeal of the 2007 hit-cum-iPod-jingle "1234." But it's her best album, a mood piece that tosses in everything from folk to Malian-style desert blues.
  7. Sep 28, 2011
    60
    Metals is the product of a stock-taking pause, it's clear the former Canadian indie scenester had rediscovered her bearings. [Oct 2011, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    10
    It's her best album (so far), and the most cohesive yet. All these songs are well done, but the truly exceptional ones are "The Bad in Each Other" "Caught a Long Wind" "The Circle Married the Line" and, especially, "Anti-Pioneer" which may be her finest song to date (although it's slow buildup and subtle construction nearly ensure few people will hear it). She continues to be one of the finest indie solo artists out there, and her music continues to be wonderfully varied and high quality. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2011
    10
    A beautiful assembly of songs that manages to skip back and forth between different styles while still feeling entirely coherent, and it ends up all amounting to a gorgeously tragic musical exploration of solitude. Expand
  3. ndf
    Oct 4, 2011
    10
    The perfect follow-up to the reminder. There aren't any iPod commercials on this album but it is solid from beginning to end. Feist is making great music. This is an album by someone in it for the long haul, not by a pop princess. Expand
  4. Oct 4, 2011
    9
    The album is very similar to Let It Die. Every song has the darkness of the chorus of "Mushaboom" or the quiet sadness of "Lonely, Lonely". There's a lot of quality lyrics and layers that come up once in awhile. While some critics have said that this album is a little boring, it really just depends on what you are looking for. Do you want catchy songs or insightfulness? In actuality, there are actually more lively songs than any other Feist albums on "Metals". Two of those are joyful sounding ("The Circle Married The Line" and "Bittersweet Melodies"), four are experimental-grunge, rock songs ("The Bad In Each Other", "A Commotion", "An Undiscovered First", "Comfort Me" ). People talk about how "1234" is so happy and lively, but in truth, the lyrics are very depressing just as in "Past in The Present" and "I Feel It All". So, fans of Feist should that it is not surprising that this is the case with pretty much every song on the album. Overall, this album is just as expected for me, because Feist has always had that Grunge Rock edge to her music. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2011
    9
    At first the album sounded like a fifty-minute-long song. It took some time to grow on me. You won't find any '1234' if that's what you're looking for. But, in my opinion, 'Metals' is definetely a solid album people should expect from Feist. 'The Circle Married the Line' and 'The Undiscovered First' are probably the highlights of this record. Arguably her best album to date. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2011
    8
    To tell the truth, 1234 is not my favourite song of The Reminder, an album that brought Feist into the stardom. That would be Sealion, Feistâ
  7. Oct 13, 2011
    8
    Right from the first pulsing drums and spiraling guitar on 'The Bad in Each Other', Metals rewards the listener with a pleasant blend of the powerful and the intricate, mingled together in a simple structure that's difficult not to enjoy -- even if it does lack a little pace later on.
    Rarely is a record found with such variety and confidence that fits so snugly together, awarding fans with an astounding record whilst welcoming the uninitiated with open arms.
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