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Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist follows up her 2007 breakthrough album The Reminder

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Feist's songwriting seems further matured without losing any of its charm
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  2. 10.0 |   Uncut

    Feist absorbs and assimilates musical and environmental inspirations like a sponge on steroids. Print edition only

  3. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    What it all boils down to is that, as much as an album can be, it's pretty damn close to being flawless; not only matching the quality of The Reminder but actually bettering it
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  4. 9.0 |

    The kind of album which needs to be appreciated as a body of work in its entirety – played from start to finish, over and over agai
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  5. 8.5 |   BBC

    Focusing on universal emotions and filtering them through her own experiences, she has come up with a startling set of songs here
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  6. 8.5 |   FasterLouder

    Metals may be Feist’s finest effort to date, her honest lyrics and meticulous attention to perfecting songs has payed dividends for the Canadian songstress
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  7. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    This is a statement, and a powerful one at that
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  8. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The off-the-cuffness of her earlier work is missed a little, but there’s a satisfying fullness to Metals
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  9. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The new songs are much more introverted and downbeat—not a conscious step away from The Reminder’s pop pleasures but a logical flip side
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  10. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s a lovely, weightless set of songs from an artist whom we can now reasonably assume is capable of producing consistently great music
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Lustily appealing from top to bottom
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  12. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    What Metals lacks in happy-go-lucky exuberance, it more than makes up for in intimacy and subtlety...If you’re still unconvinced of Feist’s understated brilliance and crave some hard proof, Metals is all the evidence you need
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    The most powerful moments are frequently the most stripped-down. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    The best thing about Metals is that it’s not all there on the surface – the details in the songs only reveal themselves slowly over repeated listens
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Disguised as something your parents might listen to, the record is intricately melancholy and dismally intense
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  16. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Cements her position as the poster-girl for intimate US indie rock, with songs that peel back the skin of the human condition
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  17. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Another unique album from an artist more adventurous than suggested by the kind of success she has achieved
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  18. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sharing with Kate Bush a love of inventive arrangements and the possession of an intensely emotive voice
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  19. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The highs are so high that they almost cast aside the slower moments
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  20. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Metals is not a static creation that reveals all its cards at once. It is a work that will continue to surprise and delight over time. It is all about the small details
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  21. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Rhythm is key to this subtle record. For all their elegance, Feist's gossamer hiccups can be as difficult to grab hold of as fistfuls of steam
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  22. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Slinky, spooky, superb
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  23. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    A vivid evocation of a place that touches on fittingly vast themes about nature, love, and life itself
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  24. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    There is a lack of obvious hooks here, but it doesn’t seem to matter. The careful construction of each moment more than compensates for a tune you might be whistling a day or two later
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  25. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Feist is as captivating as ever, which makes Metals a pleasure to listen to
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  26. 7.0 |   Prefix

    It's an uneven record in some ways -- that middle sequence weighs it down and Feist still feels undersold as a band leader in the studio too often
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  27. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Delivers an emotional gut-punch
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  28. 7.0 |   The Fly

    A smart return from an ever evolving artist
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  29. 7.0 |   Spin

    The record feels a bit monochromatic, like a just-fun-enough surrey ride whose background keeps repeating
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  30. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Metals has been so tightly plotted on an emotional chart, it's hard to feel for it spontaneously. Print edition only

  31. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    The level of creativity and interest takes a dip in the middle of the album when Metals becomes a bit precious
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  32. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    It is rich in atmospheric beauty
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  33. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There is possibly no such thing as a bad Feist album, but more of its predecessor’s diversity would have made this an unbeatable follow-up
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  34. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's a lovely collection of songs, but there's simply not enough happening to carry an entire album
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  35. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    However gorgeous and warm Feist's voice may be, Metals is just too dull for her to overcome
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