(2006) Open Season

Feist

... read moreThough Leslie Feist declares in the liner notes to Open Season that initially she "didn't really understand what remixes were," she obviously was quickly acquainted with them and the potential they could hold by the time she started putting her album together. Open Season, a collection of remixes of...

46′:13″ 11 Songs

1
One Evening (Solo Piano Version - Instrumental)
Feist
2:21
3
Mushaboom (Mocky Remix)
Feist
5:00
4
Gatekeeper (Full Mix)
Feist
2:43
5
Lonely Lonely (Frisbee'd Mix)
Feist
6:23
6
Mushaboom (K-Os Mix)
Feist
3:28
8
Tout Doucement
Feist
2:29
11
Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix)
Feist
3:35
12
Gatekeeper (Do Right Remix)
Feist
5:25
13
One Evening (Remix By Vv)
Feist
3:59
14
When I Was A Young Girl (Remix By Vv)
Feist
5:28
15
Mushaboom (Remix By Vv)
Feist
5:22
Released 01 January 2006, This Compilation ℗ 2006 Polydor (France)

Review

Though Leslie Feist declares in the liner notes to Open Season that initially she "didn't really understand what remixes were," she obviously was quickly acquainted with them and the potential they could hold by the time she started putting her album together. Open Season, a collection of remixes of some songs from Let It Die as well as collaborations with others, provides an interesting look into the possibilities of Feist's music. With help from artists like K-Os, the Postal Service, Mocky, and songwriting partner Gonzales, Feist's songs are reconstructed using new drumbeats, added instrumentation, and vocal effects, with each producer choosing certain aspects and emotions of the original to emphasize. Sometimes, like in Julian Brown's "Apostle of Hustle Unmix" of "Inside and Out," the results are sparse and haunting, while other times what is produced -- the Postal Service's version of "Mushaboom," complete with a Ben Gibbard vocal track -- is much more intricate and intense than the sweet daydreams of the Let It Die version. Usually these reworkings turn out quite nicely, exploiting the different facets of the songs for what they're worth. Only toward the end of Open Season, when production team VV (Gonzales and Renaud Letang, who also worked on Let It Die) take over and add dancey, almost house-like elements to "One Evening," "When I Was a Young Girl," and "Mushaboom," do things begin to sound a little cheesy and unnecessary, over-produced in that campy way, which is unfortunate, because most of the record is really quite good, including her performances with other artists. Her duet with Jane Birkin, for example, "The Simple Story" (which is also found on Birkin's 2004 album, Rendez-Vous), is lovely with its lush strings and chorus, and sounds very much like something Birkin would have sung in the 1970s. But more than its individual parts, Open Season as an album shows the versatility of Feist's music and voice, how it can move from near trip-hop to French cabaret and all those delicate spaces in between, and almost always sound just right. ~ Marisa Brown