And the Canadian invasion continues. Leslie Feist – former roommate/collaborator with electropunk diva Peaches, and vocalist with indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene – joins Arcade Fire, Stars and Buck 65 in the 2005 parade of border-crossing Canucks.

The soulful, chilled-out torch singer’s second solo album, recorded in Paris (where she now lives), is almost equally divided between impressive originals and covers. It also displays her moves as French chanteuse ("Tout Doucemen") and disco queen (the Bee Gees’ "Inside and Out").

A piano-ballad version of Dick Haymes’ "Now at Last" is brittle and bittersweet, though her agreeable rendering of Ron Sexsmith’s "Secret Heart" doesn’t quite capture the uneasy heartbreak of the original. But hey, nobody’s perfect.

Grade: B-

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