By Melissa Maerz
Updated October 04, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ever since her giddy ”1234” appeared in a 2007 Apple ad, Leslie Feist may be best known as That Canadian Lady Who Sold a Billion iPods. So it figures that you’ll need ear buds to fully appreciate each string pluck, acoustic-guitar strum, and Oxford-shoe stomp. Metals, which borrows from jazz and blues, is an artfully arranged opus with such natural beauty, it should be certified organic. As for cruelty-free? Judging by her anguished vocals, not so much. B+

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