Release Date: May 1, 2007
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Like her 2005 breakthrough Let It Die, Leslie Feist’s latest shows how this critics’ darling also woos regular folks. She has a sexy, slyly powerful, charmingly imperfect voice. She crafts deliciously catchy, acoustic-based songs with motifs recalling ’80s radio hits (from Springsteen to Soft Cell) as much as the ’00s Toronto indie-rock scene she began in.
Leslie Feist's third solo album - her collaborators on other records pretty well amount to a who's who of the Canadian underground - could be the one that launches her to dinner-party ubiquity, given a fair wind from Radio 2. Standout ballad Limit to Your Love has all the necessary ingredients to be a Parkinson favourite, but it's the details that make Feist more than another warbelstress. The Reminder barely stands still, flitting from genre to genre without ever departing from a core orchestration of guitar and piano, lightly shaded with strings and horns.
Whether Leslie Feist is the chanteuse who will someday make crooning cool again remains to be seen. Her follow-up to 2005's chunk of Canadian goodness, Let It Die, is neither miserable nor memorable. It does, however, succeed in mixing soft rock, indie rock, jazz, and soul. With mind-stickers like the repetitive "I Feel It All," the Spoon-full of Goldfrapp "My Moon My Man," and addictively bouncy nugget "1234," The Reminder is simply that: a multi-instrumentalization wherein the northern waif swims around in the smoky, candlelit corners of your mind until her next blip of pop genius (e.g., "Mushaboom") breaks through – or possibly off – her major label debut.