Monday, 3 October 2011

Feist - Monarch (Lay Your Jeweled Head Down)

Royal Start

This is Feist's first solo album and it is outstanding. The voice is so strong here, perhaps more so than on her latest release where other musical elements are working with a 'maturing' style. The songcraft and clever instrumentation/vocal harmonies and accompaniments are beautifully established, but it is always the crisp and melodious voice that controls. Tracks The Onliest [superb], La Sirena [superb again in vocal arrangements and guitar/other effects], Monarch [violin rich] and The Mast are lyrically evocative in their storytelling as well as musically memorable.

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