Chris Donaghey
Reviews Editor
May 30, 2007
Buy it at Insound!
Amazon:
The Reminder The Reminder
May 1, 2007
Cherry Tree
Let It Die Let It Die
April 26, 2005
Interscope Records
Open Season Open Season
July 18, 2006
Interscope Records
Open Season Open Season
April 25, 2006
Arts & Crafts
More Recent Album Reviews:
Chk Chk Chk
Ahab Rex
Alias & Tarsier
Arrah & the Ferns
Beach House
Beastie Boys
Black Lips
Brand New
Consequence
Copeland
Dat'r
Deer Tick
Deerhoof
Dirty on Purpose
Dntel
Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton
Fall Out Boy
Feist
Forgive Durden
Grinderman
Harley Poe
Isobel Campbell
Ladyhawk
Loch Lomond
Love Arcade
Menomena
Modest Mouse
Mohair
My Chemical Romance
Novi Split
Rufus Wainwright
Scissor Sisters
Scott Walker
Sean Lennon
Sonic Youth
Spoon
St. Vincent
Straylight Run
Supreeme
Tech N9ne
Tegan and Sara
The Decemberists
The Good The Bad and The Queen
The Killing Moon
The Polyphonic Spree
The Rosebuds
The Shins
The Used
Under the Influence of Giants
Unkle
Recent Soapbox:
Recent Live Reviews:
Recent Interviews:
Sponsored Advertising
Rock Music Reviews
Feist
The Reminder

After perking up some ears in the underground with stints in Broken Social Scene and releasing a well-received debut album, Leslie Feist appeared ready to take on the rest of the music world at large. Her delicately nuanced and evocative vocals were possibly less assuming in a world of K.T. Tunstalls and Corinne Bailey Raes but with Norah Jones and Fiona Apple fading into smoky ether, the radios and record stores appear to be in need of an intellectually sultry chanteuse more than ever. So after a relatively short incubation period, The Reminder, a collection of gossamer tunes, has been unfurled. The resulting transformation undertaken by Feist is two-sided. At points, the album appears restrained, pushing her trademark poetics to the background in lieu of full, yet grainy instrumentation, resulting in AM radio quality songs about self-discovery via any means necessary. "Past in Present" is a textbook definition of that description, squeezing bloody sentimentality from stones of handclaps and vaguely alt-country guitar strums. The Reminder's other side is when the instruments being played and the instruments being realized through voice lock in with one another to create something much greater than a sum of their parts. Listening to "1 2 3 4" is an example of a rare experience: in just over three minutes, multiple genres, volumes, and facets of a woman's talent are all put front and center and no element strangles the other. Some may relegate this album to the elevators and bookstores of the world, assuming that this music functions best as an alluring background soundtrack for those in need of a simple escape. In fact, when taken as a complete piece, this release is a very positive step toward exploring the expansiveness of Feist's songwriting abilities. If Let It Die was autumnal in spirit and presentation, The Reminder takes the remaining seasons and coalesces them together quite nicely. Listeners may have a season they can deal without, but only the inconsolably jaded won't be able to find enjoyment in the remaining months.

Release date: May 1, 2007
Label: Cherry Tree
Rating: 8.0 / 10

On the web: http://www.feistmusic.com
[RMR]