Let It Die

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Let It Die
Studio album by Feist
Released May 18, 2004 (CAN)
July 12, 2004 (U.K.)[1]
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre Indie rock, baroque pop, Jazz fusion
Length 45:10
Label Polydor, Arts & Crafts Cherrytree Records
Producer Renaud Letang
Feist chronology
Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)
(1999)
Let It Die
(2004)
Open Season
(2006)
Canadian cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

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[edit]

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.[5]

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.

Track listing[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Album Charts 51
Belgian Album Charts (Wallonia) 47
French Album Charts 38
German Albums Chart 92
U.S. Billboard 200 Top Heatseekers 36
Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Platinum[6] 100,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "albums: Let It Die (2004)". hmv.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review[dead link]
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Rollingstone.com. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  5. ^ "The 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  6. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for December 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2007.