I’ve noticed something strange lately. Not many people know that Let It Die wasn’t Feist’s first album; I even made the mistake of calling The Reminder her sophomore album. So, let me educate you; she actually released one album before Let It Die; Monarch, (Lay Down You Jeweled Head) in 1999. Despite Let It Die‘s popularity, Monarch never caught on, and is now out of print. But still, Monarch is Feist’s debut album, and it sounds that way. In it, Feist is still finding the light, full voice that would later define her, and the jazz elements are few and far between. Instead, she dabbles in alt-country and rock tunes. While Monarch is a fine album, it’s hard not to appreciate how much Feist has grown as an artist. Enjoy.