The Reminder

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
When Leslie Feist released her breakthrough album Let It Die, she became an indie icon almost instantly. Her pretty, sometimes melancholic love songs, her clear campfire voice, her vaguely jazz- and disco-influenced arrangements highlighted no better than with her cover of the Bee Gees' "Inside and Out", and her association with darlings Broken Social Scene wooed critics and music fans alike. Her follow-up, The Reminder, will serve as proof that Feist's success was no fluke, as the album contains more of the same sweet, introspective lyrics and chords that float around love and longing or lack thereof like cottonwood seeds in late spring. Because that's what The Reminder, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
When Leslie Feist released her breakthrough album Let It Die, she became an indie icon almost instantly. Her pretty, sometimes melancholic love songs, her clear campfire voice, her vaguely jazz- and disco-influenced arrangements highlighted no better than with her cover of the Bee Gees' "Inside and Out", and her association with darlings Broken Social Scene wooed critics and music fans alike. Her follow-up, The Reminder, will serve as proof that Feist's success was no fluke, as the album contains more of the same sweet, introspective lyrics and chords that float around love and longing or lack thereof like cottonwood seeds in late spring. Because that's what The Reminder, like Let It Die, really is: a collection of warm, lazy music made for those summer afternoons that creep into evening before you realize it. Feist's voice is cleanly emotive as she sings lines like "There's a limit to your love/Like a waterfall in slow motion" from "The Limit to Your Love", "Piecemeal can break your home in half/A love is not complete with only heat" from "Intuition", or "Put your weight against the door/Kick drum on the basement floor" from the upbeat "I Feel It All", crooning confidently but with a weakness, a fragility that comes out during the most sentimental lines. But this can also be a drawback. At times, she borders on a kind of sappiness that seems better suited to Top 40 Matrix-produced pop songs than hipster-blog accolades. "We don't need to fight and cry/We, we could hold each other tight tonight," she breathes in the otherwise lovely "So Sorry," whose puerile rhymes are fortunately held up by the track's breezy sophistication. The same cannot be said however for "Brandy Alexander," which is too syrupy for its own sake much like the drink on which it's based, with its repeated phrase "He's my Brandy Alexander" juxtaposed with "I'm his Brandy Alexander" and "Goes down easy," as Motown-esque harmonies jump in to emphasize that last word. Why Feist, who displays her lyrical skills in tracks like "The Water," "My Moon My Man," and her reinterpretation of Nina Simone's "See-Line Woman" incorrectly identified as "Sea Lion Woman", "Sealion," believes it necessary to include such saccharine lines is confusing, and hints at the suspicion that while she undoubtedly enjoyed herself during the making The Reminder, she wasn't really challenging herself with the process. She follows the same path she took with Let It Die -- which, being as strong as it was, is certainly not the worst decision she could've made -- and does it well, which means that the album does end up a consistently good listen. But it also means that it's not much of a departure from what she's shown before. Who knows, Feist may be able to go on charming us by doing the same thing for eternity, but there may also come a point when we want something more, and it's still unclear if she'll be able to deliver it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Cherry Tree
  • UPC: 602498474129
  • Catalog Number: 000881902
  • Sales rank: 1,555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Sorry (3:12)
  2. 2 I Feel It All (3:39)
  3. 3 My Moon My Man - Mary Stein (3:48)
  4. 4 The Park (4:34)
  5. 5 The Water (4:46)
  6. 6 Sealion - Pierre-Luc Jamain (3:39)
  7. 7 Past in Present (2:54)
  8. 8 The Limit to Your Love (4:21)
  9. 9 1234 (3:03)
  10. 10 Brandy Alexander (3:36)
  11. 11 Intuition (4:36)
  12. 12 Honey Honey (3:27)
  13. 13 How My Heart Behaves - Eirik Glambek Boe (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Feist Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Julian Brown Percussion, Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Melodica
Ben Mink Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Rhythm Guitar, Guest Appearance
Gonzales Drums
Jamie Lidell Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bryden Baird Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Background Vocals
Jesse Baird Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Brendan Canning Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Charles Spearin Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Ohad Benchetrit Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Kevin Drew Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mocky Acoustic Bass
Afie Jurvanen Guitar, Leader, Guest Appearance
Lori Gemmel Harp, Guest Appearance
Gonzales Organ, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Vibes
Pierre-Luc Jamain Organ, Bass, Guest Appearance
Town Hall Percussion, Background Vocals
Mary Stein Cello
Sandra Baron Violin
Eirik Glambek Boe Vocals
Technical Credits
Ben Mink Producer, Engineer
Andrew Whiteman Melody Arrangement
Jamie Lidell Arranger
Renaud Letang Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Leslie Feist Composer
Ami Spishock Management
Feist Composer, Audio Production
Nathaniel Russell Illustrations
Claire Bondu Management, Melody Arrangement
Melinda Cody Management
Gonzales Producer
Dominic "Mocky" Salole Composer
Jason "Gonzales" Charles Beck Composer
Gonales Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music!!!!!!

    This is a really good cd. I love, love, love, love, love 1234 and she is wonderful and a talented singer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Several good tunes, a few really great ones, a couple I could do without

    At its best, it's dreamy music with poetic lyrics. At its worst, it's childish rhymes with sugary music. Overall, there's enough songs I liked to make me want to own the CD, and I find myself singing quite a few of them throughout the day. Liked: The Park, My Moon My Man, The Water, 1234, Limit to Your Love, Honey Honey. Disliked: Brandy Alexander "it's the same three lines over and over to a slow sugarsticky tune," So Sorry "another too-sweet tune with moon/spoon/June rhymes." Too Close to Call: Sealion "really really long and repetitious, but energetic and you gotta love a song with "Sealion woman" in it."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    When I first heard the name Feist for a band, I thought for sure that it was a hardcore emo punk band or some sort of sick joke. But I first heard their music when I saw their music video for the song "1234" on the internet. The video was flirty, fun, and fantastic. The song was incredibly happy and fantastic. If you would like a good comparison, think My Brightest Diamond meets Belle and Sebastian. Excellent album, and a must buy for everyone who's anyone.

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