Metals (album)

Metals
Studio album by Feist
Released October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
Recorded 2011
Genre Indie pop, pop rock
Length 49:58
Label Arts & Crafts Productions
Cherrytree
Polydor
Feist chronology
The Reminder
(2007)
Metals
(2011)
Singles from Metals
  1. "How Come You Never Go There"
    Released: August 12, 2011 (2011-08-12)

Metals is the fourth studio album by Feist, released on September 30, 2011 in Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Belgium; October 3, 2011 in the United Kingdom; and October 4, 2011 in the United States and Canada.[1][2][3]. It was announced on August 12, 2011 the first single from the album is "How Come You Never Go There"[4]. The single was released in late September 2011. On September 26, 2011 the album leaked onto the Internet.

The album is supported by a European and North American tour which kicks off in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 15 and finishes December 6 in Quebec City, Quebec.[5]

Contents

Background

Promotion for the album began with short viral videos which featured snippets of tracks and making of the album which featured on her website and other social networking sites since July 21, 2011.[6] Four days after, it was officialy announced the release of Metals.[7] Artwork for the album was revealed on August 2, 2011[5], previously fans were given the opportunity to select the color design for the album cover, the overall winner was announced on her facebook page.

Writing, composition and recording

Cquote1.png There's a lot more chaos and movement and noise than I've had before. I allowed for mistakes more than I ever have, which end up not being mistakes when you open things up and make room for them. It was about un-simplifying things and leaning on these masterful minds I have so much respect for.
—Feist speaking of the sound of the album.[8]

In summer 2010, Feist went to the studio in Paris where she recorded The Reminder. Six months later after came back from Paris, she wrote most of the album.[9] For recorded Metals, Feist headed to Big Sur and set up an ad hoc recording studio.[9] The lyrics were almost completed before arriving in Big Sur.[9] Metals was recorded in Toronto and Big Sur, with partners like Chilly Gonzales, Mocky, Brian LeBarton, Dean Stone, and producer Valgeir Sigurðsson.[7][10] They began recording Metal in January 2011.[9]

The album title was partially inspired by Charles C. Mann's non-fiction book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.[9]

Reception

Spin gave "Metals" a score of 7/10, writing "Taken individually, each song is as sturdy as oak -- the guitars have a magnesium shimmer, and every instrument seems bathed in its own spotlight, especially Feist's vocals, which feel like they're being whispered directly into your ear."[11] Elysa Gardner of USA Today gave the album 2.5 stars out of 4.[12]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 80, based on 37 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
The A.V. Club B+[15]
BLARE 4/5 stars[16]
Entertainment Weekly B+[17]
One Thirty BPM 82%[18]
Pitchfork 7.7/10[19]
PopMatters 7/10[20]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[21]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars [22]
Spin 7/10[11]
The Tune 4.5/5 stars[23]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[12]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Bad in Each Other"   Leslie Feist 4:44
2. "Graveyard"   Leslie Feist, Mocky, Chilly Gonzales 4:17
3. "Caught a Long Wind"   Leslie Feist, Mocky, Chilly Gonzales 4:54
4. "How Come You Never Go There"   Leslie Feist 3:24
5. "A Commotion"   Leslie Feist 3:53
6. "The Circle Married the Line"   Leslie Feist, Brian LeBarton 3:22
7. "Bittersweet Melodies"   Leslie Feist, Mocky 3:56
8. "Anti-Pioneer"   Leslie Feist 5:33
9. "Undiscovered First"   Leslie Feist 4:58
10. "Cicadas and Gulls"   Leslie Feist 3:16
11. "Comfort Me"   Leslie Feist 4:04
12. "Get It Wrong, Get It Right"   Leslie Feist 3:39
Total length:
49:58

Tour

Metals Tour (Europe, US & Canada: Fall/Winter 2011)[5]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
15 October 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands Carre Theater
17 October 2011 London United Kingdom Palladium
19 October 2011 Brussels Belgium Cirque Royale
20 October 2011 Paris France Olympia
22 October 2011 Berlin Germany Tempodrom
North America
29 October 2011 Philadelphia United States World Cafe 20th Anniversary
2 November 2011 New York Howard Gilman Opera House
4 November 2011 Chicago Riviera Theater
6 November 2011 Atlanta The Tabernacle
8 November 2011 Dallas Majestic Theatre
12 November 2011 Los Angeles The Wiltern
14 November 2011 San Francisco The Warfield
16 November 2011 Portland, Oregon Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
17 November 2011 Seattle The Moore Theater
18 November 2011 Vancouver Canada The Centre In Vancouver For Performing Arts
20 November 2011 Edmonton Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
21 November 2011 Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
1 December 2011 Toronto Massey Hall
3 December 2011 Montreal Métropolis
5 December 2011 Ottawa National Arts Centre
6 December 2011 Quebec City Grand Théâtre de Québec
12 December 2011 Mexico City Mexico Teatro Fru Fru
13 December 2011
15 December 2011
16 December 2011
Oceania
28 January 2012 Brisbane Australia Laneway Festival
30 January 2012 Auckland
2 February 2012 Melbourne Palais Theatre
4 February 2012 Laneway Festival
5 February 2012 Sydney
7 February 2012 Enmore Theatre
9 February 2012 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
11 February 2012 Perth Laneway Festival
Asia
12 February 2012 Singapore Laneway Festival
Europe
6 March 2012 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
7 March 2012 Stockholm Sweden Cirkus
8 March 2012 Copenhagen Denmark Falkoner Theatre
10 March 2012 Vienna Austria Gasometer
11 March 2012 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
12 March 2012 Munich Germany Tonhalle
13 March 2012 Cologne E-Werk
15 March 2012 Frankfurt JAHRHUNDERTHALLE
18 March 2012 Lisbon Portugal Coliseu
19 March 2012 Porto Coliseu
21 March 2012 Paris France Le Zénith
22 March 2012 Villeurbanne Transbordeur
23 March 2012 Lille Theatre Sebastopol
25 March 2012 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
26 March 2012 Manchester O2 Apollo
27 March 2012 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Charts, sales and procession

Metals debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 7, selling about 38,000 copies in its first week. The album earned Feist's best sales week and her first top 10 chart in US.[26]

Charts

Chart (2011) Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart[27] 17
Austrian Albums Chart[27] 11
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[27] 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[27] 18
Canadian Albums Chart[28] 2
Danish Albums Chart[27] 10
Dutch Albums Chart[27] 34
Finnish Albums Chart[27] 30
French Albums Chart[27] 9
German Albums Chart[29] 6
Irish Albums Chart[29] 27
New Zealand Albums Chart[27] 13
Norwegian Albums Chart[27] 10
Portuguese Albums Chart[27] 21
Spanish Albums Chart[27] 72
Swedish Albums Chart[27] 18
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 9
UK Albums Chart[29] 28
U.S. Billboard 200[28] 7
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[28] 1

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide[30][31][32][33] September 30, 2011 Digital download Polydor
Germany[34] CD, Vinyl
France[35] October 3, 2011
United Kingdom[36] CD, Download, Vinyl
Canada[36] October 4, 2011 Arts & Crafts
United States[36] Cherrytree

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