"How Come You Never Go There"

It ain't exactly a party-starter. The first single from Metals, Leslie Feist's hotly anticipated third album, is a total downer, a bruising ballad about a fracturing romance. ("How come you never go there?/How come I'm so alone there?" Feist sings.) But the music is riveting: a tense soul-blues vamp, spiced with horns and raggedy electric guitar, with Feist's clear, piercing voice—at once sad, remorseful and accusatory—demanding your attention all the while.

Listen to "How Come You Never Go There":

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From The Archives Issue 1137: August 18, 2011