The Reminder [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
When Leslie Feist released her breakthrough Let It Die, almost instantly she became an indie icon. 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 Let It Die, almost instantly she became an indie icon. 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, is really: warm, lazy music made for those summer afternoons that creep into evening before you realize it. Feist's voice is as cleanly emotive as ever 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"), confident but with a weakness, a fragility in it that comes out during the most sentimental lines. But this can also be a drawback. The singer can, at times, border 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 is 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 shows 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 a bit confusing, and hints at the suspicion that while undoubtedly she seems to have enjoyed very much making The Reminder, she also wasn't really challenging herself with it. 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 that. [The Reminder was reissued in 2008 with a bonus disc containing remixes (by Grizzly Bear, Chromeo, Van She and more), a version of Islands in the Stream with the Constantines, a track from Mocky's 2006 album Navy Brown Blues and a version of Lover's Spit, a track from Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In Peoplethat features Feist's vocals. The disc also features four videos including a director's cut of 1234 and an exclusive video for Honey Honey.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Cherry Tree
  • UPC: 600753142462
  • Catalog Number: 001242072

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Feel It All (3:52)
  2. 2 Sealion (3:46)
  3. 3 My Moon My Man (6:40)
  4. 4 1234 (5:11)
  5. 5 Fightin' Away the Tears (3:15)
  6. 6 So Sorry (3:16)
  7. 7 My Moon My Man (4:57)
  8. 8 Lover's Spit (7:34)
  9. 9 Island in the Stream (6:50)
  10. 10 My Moon My Man
  11. 11 1234
  12. 12 I Feel It All
  13. 13 Honey Honey
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Feist Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Julian Brown Electric Bass, Melodica
Ben Mink Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Rhythm Guitar, Guest Appearance
Gonzales Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Vibes
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 Guest Appearance
Ohad Benchetrit Guest Appearance
Kevin Drew Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mocky Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, farfisa organ, Acoustic Bass
Afie Jurvanen Guitar, Guest Appearance
Lori Gemmel Harp, Guest Appearance
Pierre-Luc Jamain Organ, Bass, Guest Appearance
Town Hall Background Vocals
Mary Stein Cello, Guest Appearance
Sandra Baron Violin, Guest Appearance
Eirik Glambek Boe Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Robin Gibb Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Ben Mink Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Gonzales Audio Production
Jon Natchez Arranger
Jamie Lidell Arranger
Renaud Letang Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Dave Sharma Arranger
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Brendan Canning Composer
Leslie Feist Composer
Chromeo Remixing
Anthony Seck Contributor
Christopher Bear Producer, Audio Production
Feist Composer, Audio Production
Mocky Audio Production
Robbie Lackritz Engineer
Patrick Daughters Video Director
Nathaniel Russell Illustrations
Alex Ridha Producer, Audio Production
Van She Tech Remixing
Dominic "Mocky" Salole Composer
Eugene Cho Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jason "Gonzales" Charles Beck Composer
Drew Composer
Canning Composer
Gonales Audio Production
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