It's always nice to see really talented artists get the attention they deserve. Leslie Feist, the Canadian songstress who began by lending her vocals for Broken Social Scene and Kings of Convenience before launching her solo career, certainly has no shortage of exposure right now, with her own iTunes commercial.
The Reminder, Feist's third album (most people don't know about her debut, "Monarch (Lay Your Jeweled Head Down)" released in 1999) is her strongest yet, and has rightly proven to be the most successful. Contributing to this success is its impeccable production, which along with her talent for songwriting, composing, and singing, has made an album of top-notch indie-folk-pop songs that vary considerably but never cease to please.
Whereas Let it Die showed hints of genius, her weaker songs suggested that she was still trying to find her comfort zone. The Reminder is an album full of confidence, in which Leslie (again) bares her soul, but does so in a way that suggests she's moved on, in more ways than one perhaps. Her new songs are beautiful; some are very catchy ("My Moon My Man", "1234"), others are very chill ("The Park"), but they're all spot-on lyrically and melodically.
One thing that I've noticed about the ablum is its perfect song arrangement. Being one whose favorite hobby is to make mix cds, I must say that the order of songs on this album is absolutely perfect, and makes listening to it enjoyable as a whole. It starts out exactly how it should and ends exactly how it should; in the journey from an apology in the first track through the many feelings one feels in and out of love to a realization of oneself, you don't want to miss a beat. All the emotions are here, and all her talents are on display.
Intuition is my favorite track on the album, because it is the most heartfelt and it is the song in which Feist's voice shines through the best. I didn't even know she played guitar on this song, which is amazing, until I saw this video. It's only she and her guitar, recorded live. Seeing her perform it adds so much to it. I can't wait to see her live in Chicago come November. (She recently added some North American tour dates, check out her official site for info).