Did you get confused by that new Mac iBook commercial, too, and think maybe there was a secret Feist song you didn’t know about? You’d be wrong – it’s actually Yael Naïm, and New Soul is the perfect example of that carefree, effervescent pop song that corporations love to cash in on. For good reason, too, because the song is so catchy, getting it out of your head is an arduous task.
Alternating between Hebrew and English, Naïm’s flittering soprano ballads are often pretty, sometimes trite and occasionally hard to understand. Recorded in her Paris apartment, the album has an overall warmth and sweetness that even manage to sanctify her version of Toxic.