- Audio CD (September 12, 1999)
- Original Release Date: August 24, 1999
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- ASIN: B00002SFNP
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,048 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Monarch: Lay Down Your Jeweled Head
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Audio CD, Import, September 12, 1999
Vinyl, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, 2012
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Leslie Feist has firmly planted her flag in the new continent of Whisper-Rock. Believe! Repetition and dynamics can become static fields where the slightest changes and nuances stand out. Feist's songs mix together sparse, stripped down guitars, soberingly personal vocals, melodica, a varied backbone of rhythm and lyrically portent storytelling twisted into odd timings. Simple! Tapping the same vein as Peter Gabriel and Cat Power, her songs pluck at the slightly out of tune strings of the broken heart.
Beyond technique and training her secret weapon is tonality. When you hear the words 'incredible' and 'extraordinary' to describe her voice, that's what they are talking about... The pure essence, the beauty of her voice, the conviction of expression is the quality of her tonality. A rare quality..." -- The Calgary Herald
English rock critic Simon Reynolds once wrote about liberation of sensuality in pop music, the utilization of the breath of the voice. This wholly applies to Feist'ssiren-like vocals...Media pundits are quick to compare Feist to modern divas like PJ Harvey, Bjork and Siouxsie Sioux. While these analogies aren't completely inaccurate, they fail to give credit to Feist's singular talent. -- Core Magazine, January 99
Feists sackcloth an ashes emotional vocal style. A kind of PJ Harvey after a day almost drowning at the beach. -- Calgary Herald, February 99
The emotion is there... and Feist's heart rings clear and true through these confident debut tracks. -- Exclaim! Magazine, August 99
Underneath her voice, lies the word play attached to her singing...Feist's mode of abstraction flies out beyond academia. Poetry and metaphysics...Feist's lyrics are full of vivid R.E.M. activity. -- Vox Magazine, April 99
Top customer reviews
Leslie Feist's songwriting arsenal is mind-boggling. Lyrically she sometimes implements word-play like The Loud Family's Scott Miller, sometimes cool, narrative poetry a la Suzanne Vega, sometimes romantic, simple invocations like traditional pop lyricists. And Feist mixes her own guitar playing, a prominent string section (brilliant arranged by Dave Szigeti), keyboards and drums in surprising, fresh ways, with parts that leap out at you at unexpected places that always give the songs a new texture. And her singing is sublime, at points slightly off-key when she feels like it, but then exploding into soaring bursts of pure emotion. The title track, with its heralding violin strains and nonstop tunefulness, is my favourite; "It's Cool to Love Your Family" begins the album on a wry, funky note; "La Sirena" is beautiful, evoking a feeling of loneliness and mild threat akin to Lisa Germano's Geek the Girl; "That's What I Say, It's Not What I Mean" is a pretty, pleading waltz; dazzling multipart vocals light up the rhythmically tricky ballad "Still True"; and "The Mast" is possibly the most moving melody on the whole record, Feist showing off her voice accompanied by a minimal instrumental backdrop.
This is a record I would've very much liked a lyric sheet to given Feist's very eccentric songwriting topicality and choice of lyrics. Other than that, I'm on board for the whole ride.
Now for the review XD
This is the best Feist CD. It is beautiful, to say the least.
Monarch is my favourite track on the album. BEAUTIFUL string section. Amazing lyrics (That's true for the whole album)