Leslie Feist’s performance at The Warfield changed me. I had slighted the petite singer, known for her bubbly song “1,2,3,4” (featured on an iPod Nano commercial and later on Sesame Street), as a pop star lacking depth. Her 2004 breakout album, Let It Die, was a masterpiece of sweet, bright folk, with catchy hooks like on “Gatekeeper.” But one album never warrants pure adoration, and in 2007, The Reminder, took a dramatic and unsatisfying shift towards forgettable pop music. As if responding to doubters, Feist returned with Metals, a triumphant bridge in her career. The album is darker and bluesier than Let It Die with the added complexity missing on The Reminder.
Read our review of Feist at The Warfield.