Let It Die (album)
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Let It Die Album
Let It Die
Feist Let It Die.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 2004 (CAN)
July 12, 2004 (U.K.)[1]
Length45:10
Label
ProducerRenaud Letang
Feist chronology
Canadian cover
Feist Let It Die UK.jpg

Let It Die is the second album by Canadian singer-songwriter Feist. It was recorded in Paris during 2002 and 2003 and released in 2004. The album combines jazz, bossa nova and indie rock.

Background

Let It Die was welcomed as one of the best Canadian pop albums of 2004. It was nominated for three Juno Awards in 2005, and won two: Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist. A track from the album, "Inside and Out", was nominated as Single of the Year in the 2006 Juno Awards. In 2012, NOW Magazine ranked Let It Die at #4 on list of The 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever.[2]

Let It Die has attracted a significant international audience. The album was originally divided into original compositions on the first half and cover versions on the second, though a reissue later in 2004 added a further original composition as the penultimate track.

The single "Mushaboom" is a pun on sh-boom as a refrain, and the Mushaboom, the Canadian coastal community east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the province where Feist was born. The song was used in a Lacoste commercial.[]

Composition

Music and lyrics

Barry Walters of Rolling Stone likened Feist's vocals on the album to "the jazz tingle of Peggy Lee", and her melodicism to Tin Pan Alley.[3] Walters also believed Let It Die to draw influence from chamber pop, chill-out, postmodern folk, and Burt Bacharach, and described the album as "indie lounge pop".[3]

Let It Die contains elements of folk, bossa nova, and indie rock.[4]

Critical reception

MacKenzie Wilson of AllMusic gave praise to the various production choices on the tracks and the vocal work over it, saying that "[S]he'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."[5] Barry Walters, writing for Rolling Stone, also lauded praise for the album's eclectic genre and vocal dynamics, saying that "Feist proves she's a modern gal with a sparse yet varied sound that draws from chamber pop, chill-out, postmodern folk, Burt Bacharach and beyond."[3]

At the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, the album won the public vote for the Heritage Prize in the 1996-2005 category.[14]

Track listing

Canadian version on Arts & Crafts
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gatekeeper"Feist, Gonzales2:16
2."Mushaboom"Feist3:44
3."Let It Die"Feist2:55
4."One Evening"Feist3:36
5."Leisure Suite"Feist, Gonzales4:07
6."L'amour ne dure pas toujours"Françoise Hardy3:16
7."Lonely Lonely"music by Tony Scherr, lyrics by Feist4:10
8."When I Was a Young Girl"traditional, inspired by Texas Gladden3:08
9."Secret Heart"Ron Sexsmith3:49
10."Inside and Out"Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb4:17
11."Now at Last"Bob Haymes3:16

Personnel

Charts

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 51
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 47
French Albums Chart 38
German Albums Chart 92
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 36

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 115,000[15]
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] N/A 190,000[15]
Worldwide N/A 500,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "albums: Let It Die (2004)". hmv.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "The 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever". NOW Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved . Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Walters, Barry (July 28, 2005). "Let It Die". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Dye, David (July 25, 2005). "Feist Takes an Eclectic Turn on Her Solo Record". NPR. Retrieved 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  5. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. "Let It Die - Feist". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Stevens, Darcie (May 6, 2005). "Feist: Let It Die (Cherrytree / Interscope)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Donnelly, Elisabeth (May 13-19, 2005). "Feist: Let It Die (Interscope)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on August 28, 2006. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (May 9, 2005). "Let It Die". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave (July 9, 2004). "Feist: Let It Die". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Carroll, Jim (July 30, 2004). "Feist: Let It Die (Polydor France)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Pytlik, Mark (July 13, 2004). "Feist: Let It Die". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Yu, Kenneth (May 10, 2005). "Feist: Let It Die". PopMatters. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Anderson, Jason (June 2017). "Feist: The Path to Pleasure". Uncut (241): 18.
  14. ^ "Tragically Hip album makes Polaris Heritage Prize list". Toronto Star, October 25, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Thompson, Robert (21 June 2008). "Feist's hit album a big boost for Canadian label". Reuters. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Feist - Let It Die". Music Canada.
  17. ^ "French album certifications - Feist - Let It Die" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "British album certifications - Feist - Let It Die". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Let It Die in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American album certifications - Feist - Let It Die". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2019.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
  20. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (8 November 2011). "Feist : trois concerts en France en mars 2012". Charts in France. Retrieved 2019.

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