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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sensual Feist
Very simply, "The Reminder" is a beautifully crafted set of songs about love and relationships, performed by Canadian singer/songwriter (Leslie) Feist. It is her second solo album, building on the impressive 2004 offering - "Let It Die". What makes this album special is how well it combines the unique qualities of Feist's plaintive, yet expressive vocals with delicate...
Published on 25 Oct 2007 by Jim Dubh
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Hmm... I really hope Feist doesn't become known as "that girl with a nice voice who was on an iPod commercial", as the songs on The Reminder seem both timeless and trendless. Not genius, of course, but there's a certain tilt to this music that puts it ahead of most of 2007's more hyped albums, even if the chaos that makes Broken Social Scene so great isn't present...
Published on 14 Jan 2008 by 77
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sensual Feist,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)Very simply, "The Reminder" is a beautifully crafted set of songs about love and relationships, performed by Canadian singer/songwriter (Leslie) Feist. It is her second solo album, building on the impressive 2004 offering - "Let It Die". What makes this album special is how well it combines the unique qualities of Feist's plaintive, yet expressive vocals with delicate arrangements of piano, guitar, and percussion, not to mention the poetic quality of the lyrics, the distinct individual characteristics of each song, and the consistent high quality that is maintained throughout the album.
The album beings "So Sorry", an apology that is poignant in its simplicity ("I'm sorry / Two words I always think / After you're gone / When I realise I was acting all wrong"), before turning to "I Feel It All", a song that compares a fluttering heart when falling with love to the wings of a bird and then speaks of having to shoot this bird down, as the other person may not feel the same ("Oh I will be the one who'll break my heart / I'll be the one to hold the gun"). On a similar theme, "The Park" is a slow melancholic song about the crushing realisation, having mistaken someone for her lover, that the latter may not be the special person that she had let herself think he was.
After another moody number in "The Water", the pace is lifted with "Sealion", a light-hearted look at a manipulative woman:
Sea lion woman dressed in red
Smile at the man
When you wake up in his bed
Sea lion woman dressed in black
Wink at the man
And then stab him in his back
"The Limit To Your Love" is one of the album's highlights, with some of Feist's best vocals combining with a strings arrangement, to produce this soulful song of loving the thrill of falling for someone who she knows will not be able to reciprocate fully. It is followed by 1234, which, despite being one of the first singles from the album, is actually one of the songs that I have least warmed to, mostly because it sounds like a nursery rhyme.
"Brandy Alexander" is a sexily sung comparison of how a perfect partner for someone is like the ideal complementary drink - irresistible not to overindulge with!
"Intuition" is a song where the woman sense regret for ending a relationship and wonders just how much she ought to trust her instincts for these things. If only all women could be as honest as this!
And it's impossible to tell
How important someone was
And what you might have missed out on
And how he might have changed it all
And how you might have changed it all for him
Fellow Broken Social Scene collective members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning then provide backing vocals on "Honey Honey", while Charles Spearin features earlier on My Moon My Man, an allegory of how relationships are imperfect but important ("It's the dirtiest clean I know").
The album finally ends with "How My Heart Behaves", one of the few highly produced songs on the album, and one that allegorically speaks of emotions taking root after careful nurturing and now beginning to blossom ("I'm a stem now / Pushing the drought inside / Opening Up / Fanning My Yellow Eye").
How to sum up? Well, to put it like this, if I hear a finer album this year, then I will be seriously pleased.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Leap Forward?,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)I bought this album on the strength of what I heard in a record shop. I was blown away by the incredible voice and the immediately catchy sound. The voice was familiar but I couldn't figure out why. When I discovered the artist's identity it made more sense, as I already owned her first album, but had dimissed it as being merely OK(plus there were some worryingly Sade-like tendencies).
I have had some time now to digest the album and I would say that it is a strange mix of perfection and near-misses, but the near-misses are far better than 95% of what's out there. I've since decided that the real reason her voice seems so familiar is a vague resemblance to Ricky Lee Jones rather than my remembering of her prior work.
One of the things that some people liked about her previous album was the intimacy that derived from its restrained production. Well here they've pulled out all the stops and if anything there are a couple of tracks where you actually wish they'd held back(on the reverb' say)a little. But overall I would say that this album benefits hugely from a LESS minimalist approach. While Feist has progressed with this album I'm not convinced it is all in a positive direction.
There is an amazing variety of material on this album, but perhaps not enough killer tracks. It certainly deserves some success and I suspect it will get it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's got talent to burn,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)My Moon My Man was probably the most commercial thing Feist has ever put on record. Yes there were certain cuts from Let It Die that wouldn't sound out of place on the radio, but never has Leslie Feist come up with a shinier, happier simple pop song.
And by listening to 1234, another track on the delightful new album The Reminder, you could be fooled into thinking that Feist has "sold out" for commercial gain. It's not to say that either song is bad, in fact it's far from it. Both are so good that it's difficult to align it with the more "out-there" aspects of her oeuvre. But fear not, The Reminder shows Feist in all her genre-hopping glory.
So the jazzy, Norah Jones-esque So Sorry can sit snugly with the piano driven The Limit To Your Love which can conversely sit quite happily alongside Brandy Alexander with it's finger-clicking "drum" beat.
Granted with such an eclectic range of styles not everything works, and I can well imagine different listeners picking out different individual highlights. But in a way that just goes to show you what an album this is. It's not perfect, but it's never less than captivating. Even on the times you're thinking "she's not got that right" Leslie Feist is such a talent that you can usually see/hear why she tried. I'd recommend this wholeheartedly.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth the wait!,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)After the pretty magical Let It Die, I had no idea what the next Feist record would sound like. The first listen to the album as a whole was just amazing.
Like a more realised version of what began on Let It Die, The Reminder has that wonderful ability to make your heart burst with happiness and shatter at the same time. There's a gorgeous sentiment to the record.
1234 is sucha triumphant song that I really can't not sing along to, Sea Lion Woman makes me want to dance, and Limit To Your Love is just absolutely magnificent. A very diverse album, but really coherent.
I was lucky enough to see her perform basically the whole thing live before I had the album, but on record it actually does sound almost as good. It's incredibly well produced, her voice is outstanding, and the writing is very strong.
I really can't recommend the album enough!!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 8/10... Beguiling second album,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)Not being familar with her first solo effort or previous (pre-Broken Social Scene) encarnations in the Canadian punk scene and beyond, it was something of a surprise to come across this album. Such is the massive (frequently brilliant) overloading of Broken Social Scene's musical pallette that Feist's vocals are often buried quite deep in mix and not done the justice afforded here. In fact, this bares little resemblance to the music she makes with BSC at all. Feist makes subtle folk-pop tinged with country, soul, jazz and electronics, from breezy ballads and pained torch songs to French pop and electro. Whereas these elements amount to a pleasantly varied album, it is all integrated organically into the music with apparent insouciance and subtlety. Moreover, it revolves around the strength of Feist's voice, given an additional dimension and fragility owing to vocal chords damaged in her teenage punk days. Rather than be a hindrance to her, it makes for singing (by turns) as warm as Joni Mitchell and as penetratingly raw as Beth Gibbons. Indeed, some of the music on 'The Reminder' - embellished by autumnal glockenspeil and French horn - bares comparison to the Beth Gibbons and Rustinman classic Out of Season.
Superficially, opener 'So Sorry' is redolent the vapid aural wallpaper of Norah Jones, but its a niggle quickly dissapated as the album progresses. 'I feel it all' recalls the sophisticated country of Neko Case, while the brilliant 'My Moon My Man' is the album's most immediate track. 'Sealion' mixes electro and gospel to fantastically original effect, while electronics also grace the dusky murmour of 'Honey Honey'. The former pulls off with verve the synthesis of soul and dance music proferred by the likes of Herbert, but less conventionally so. It also recalls Herbert muse Dani Siciliano's flawed solo effort 'Likes'. 'Past in Present' is nearer to BSC than anything else on the album, while 'The Limit to Your Love' and 'The Water' are heartbreaking torch songs. '1234' and 'Brandy Alexander' are too sacharin for my taste but some listeners will probably prefer their breezy charm to the darker tracks. Overall its a success that has undoubted commercial appeal which at the same time mines more difficult territory.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Heartbreaking, Wonderful!,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)Having recently been to see Feist perform at the Royal Albert Hall, after listening to this record every week for the best part of a year, I felt compelled to finally add my voice to the acclaim. It's an absolutely wonderful album, pretty much perfect from start to finish.
I suppose a lot of people looking at this page will have heard 1234 or My Moon, My Man and expect a full-on pop album - you're likely to come away slightly disappointed. Whilst 1234 is probably the most perfect pop song I've heard in ages (perhaps since Mushaboom off her last album, which I subsequently bought), it's accompanied by some beautiful stripped-down numbers and cracked downtempo songs. Too many highlights to list, but Brandy Alexander and Intuition deserve special mentions.
Feist's voice is staggering, her lyrics excellent and the production and vibe helps hold everything as a cohesive whole, with an excellent running order. Having been impressed with a number of albums in 2007, this one probably took the album of the year title for me due to its sheer range and consistency. (Close runners up being Boxer by the National and Cease to Begin by Band of Horses). Live, the stripped down numbers were even more staggering than on record, where Feist's edgy guitar playing is a wonderful complement to her amazing voice. Unconditionally reccommended.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of an angel - pure genius!,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)This album is scarily good! I was impressed the first time I listened to it and the second time I was in awe - now I am on the 100th play in a week and I am just blown away. Her voice is spectacular- the songwriting is fantastic - a good mix of upbeat and ballads, a little bit funky, a little bit cheeky....I'm really into The Bird and The Bee right now and an artist called Bobby Baby so you should check them out. I never buy concert tickets but within a week of owning this album I have bought tickets to see Feist in London. This is also the first time I have bothered to write a review, that's how good I think they are!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2007,
This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)The Reminder is a spectacular specimen of what singer/songwriters should be striving for, combining uptempo dancy beat tunes like Sea lion woman with heart achingly beatiful tracks like the water, wear a female singer's voice has never moved me so much to actually give me chills and pierce my very soul (wow thats deeeeep!!)
You just wanna play the song for the whole world.
there's not a weak track to be found and in my opinon My moon my man and the water are the signature songs for anyone wanting to sample the goods before purchasing, throw in sea lion woman and you really see how versatile this talented Canadian is.
Every household should own this album
5.0 out of 5 stars The master class,
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This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)Forget about the TV advert hook of 1234 and just let the sheer quality of, what is undoubtedly, one of the finest albums this millennium!
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist the reminder,
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This review is from: The Reminder (Audio CD)I bought the reminder for my daughter its a great cd and I know my daughter is very keen on it because shes heard my copy arrived within time limit
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