Album: Feist, Metals (Polydor)

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Leslie Feist's trajectory thus far has been a masterclass in the blocks used to build a global profile in the 21st century – provide song for iPod commercial and hot, new artist (James Blake); sing with both Wilco and the Muppets.

None of which will matter a jot post Metals, a baroque-pop classic that is "alternative" enough to please anyone who first heard her in Broken Social Scene and commercial enough to suggest a soulful Kate Bush fronting Arcade Fire. Slinky, spooky, superb.