Personnel: Feist (guitar, piano, organ); Alisa Rose, Irene Sazer (vocals, violin); Dina Maccabee (vocals, viola); Jessica Ivry (vocals, cello); Colin Stetson (flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn); Evan Cranley (trombone, euphonium); Brian LeBarton (piano, organ, synthesizer, electric bass, drums); Chilly Gonzales (piano, organ, electric bass, drums); Dean Stone (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Renaud Letang.
Recording information: Big Sur, CA (02/15/2011-03/17/2011).
Photographers: Sammy Rawal; Mary Rozzi; Dean Conger.
Arrangers: Feist; Chilly Gonzales.
Feist's fourth studio album was preceded by a flurry of viral videos that offered up choice bits from selected tracks, leading up to the official release of Metals' first single, "How Come You Never Go There." The 14-track recording, which features duets with Vanessa Carlton and Marina & the Diamonds, is set for release on October 4, 2011.
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's her best album, a mood piece that tosses in everything from folk to Malian-style desert blues."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - Ranked #18 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Hooks surface in unexpected places, and Feist's supple voice pushes toward gospel..."
Spin (p.72) - "'Caught a Long Wind' is a smoky, understated nod to Lena Horne..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[A]n artfully arranged opus with such natural beauty, it should be certified organic." -- Grade: B+
Magnet (p.54) - "[A]n album full of subtle melancholy....Feist's comforting vocals keep things from getting too forlorn."
Uncut (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #17 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[A]n intimate, plushly melodic wonder, pitched halfway between Laura Nyro and Fiona Apple."