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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on September 28th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Feist – Metals – 3rd October – Polydor
Let’s face it, Feist only really penetrated the public conscience after her platinum selling third album The Reminder came out in 2007. Her catchy, soft and personable voice won the hearts of many a folk – the perfect dinner party music was born or perhaps even a melody for nursing your sorrows. Before that, the Canadian born singer/songwriter had struggled to find her niche. However, the ultimate example of how a  commercial can single-handedly take an artist from the mundane depths of mediocrity to the dazzling heights of stardom came about when ‘Mushaboom’ and ‘1234’ featured on many mainstream adverts in the UK (remember the ITunes ad?). As well as featuring on films and programmes such as The Inbetweeners, Feist won a host of awards to top off a ridiculously successful year.


Feist’s indie/rock or baroque pop (which ever way you want to call it) sound swaggers its way back for more with the release of Metals next week. Recorded in Big Sur, California and co-produced by long-term collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, the album launches into Feist’s intimate and at times captivating vocal notes. There’s no denying that it’s pop for the masses, but Feist does this well with her exuberant and infectious sound. For those who need another hit of Feist, you probably won’t be let down.

Ben Howard

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom- 3rd October – Island Records
Ben Howard is making big sounds, not just from being a musician – quite a following for the West Country singer/songwriter from Devon has been formed. His powerful and somewhat provocative voice has compared him to the likes of Bon Iver and Donovan. ‘Old Pine’ has been an Internet sensation thanks to his gifted guitar playing, beautiful cello sound and that wistful, sentimental feeling you just can’t shake off. Animal Kingdom is his debut album and deserves to be noticed.

Mat Gibson

Mat Gibson - Forest Fire – 3rd October - Clubhouse records
Fresh out of the thriving Oxford music scene, the very fact that Mat Gibson has been likened to Neil Young illustrates his growing talent amongst many. His debut album Forest Fire displays a mature range of lyrical and vocal flavours. The album also collaborates with various members of Oxfordshire based fast rising stars The Epstein – be sure to get hold of this powerful assemble of sounds – surely British folk at it’s best.

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