Let It Die (album)

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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
Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)
(1999)
Let It Die
(2004)
Open Season
(2006)
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[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.[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.[citation needed]

Composition[edit]

Music and lyrics[edit]

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[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Pitchfork8.1/10[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]
Uncut8/10[8]

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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

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[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

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[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[10] Gold 162,300 [11]*
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold 100,000[13]
United States (RIAA)[14] none 190,000[15]
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 500,000[16]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "albums: Let It Die (2004)". hmv.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  2. ^ "The 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever". NOW Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  3. ^ a b c d Walters, Barry (July 28, 2005). "Let It Die". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Dye, David (July 25, 2005). "Feist Takes an Eclectic Turn on Her Solo Record". NPR. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. "Let It Die – Feist". AllMusic. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  6. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (May 9, 2005). "Let It Die". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Pytlik, Mark (July 13, 2004). "Feist: Let It Die". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Anderson, Jason (June 2017). "Feist: The Path to Pleasure". Uncut (241): 18.
  9. ^ "Tragically Hip album makes Polaris Heritage Prize list". Toronto Star, October 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "French album certifications – Feist – Let It Die" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  11. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=2750
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Feist – Let It Die". Music Canada.
  13. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for December 2006 Archived
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Feist – Let It Die". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/music-canada-dc/feists-hit-album-a-big-boost-for-canadian-label-idUSN2032187620080621
  16. ^ http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/musicnews/Feist-47160.html