Feist - The Reminder
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Release date: 28 November 2008
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- I Feel It All (Escort Remix)
- Sealion (Chromeo Remix)
- My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Classic Mix)
- 1234 (Van She Remix)
- So Sorry (One Mic Mix)
- My Moon My Man (Grizzly Bear Remix)
- Lover's Spit (Redux)
A homespun gem of an album
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Feist - The Reminder: Wikipedia Album Entry
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.
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What gives, what helps the intuition?
I'll know, I'll know
I won't have to be shown
Honey honey, up in the trees
Fields of flowers deep in his dreams
Leave them out to sea by the East
Honey honey, food for the bees
Though I'd like to be the girl for him
And cross the sea and land for him
On milky skin my tongue is sand until
The ever distant band begins to play
1234, tell me that you love me more
Sleepless long nights
That is what my youth was for
Just to give us a little sun
There's a limit to your love
The scarlet letter isn't black
Gotta know who's got your back
He comes in right in front of you
He comes telling you the truth
Sea lion, sea lion
Sea lion, sea lion
Sea lion, sea lion
Sea lion, sea lion, sea lion
Why would he come back through the park?
You thought that you saw him but, no, you did not
It's not him who'd come across the sea to surprise you
Not him who would know where in London to find you
I feel it all, I feel it all, I feel it all, I feel it all
The wings are wide, the wings are wide
Wild card inside, wild card inside
Two words I always think
After you've gone
When I realize I was acting all wrong
Telegraph cables hum
And few can decipher who the message is from
And deliver it quietly
'Cause some don't get much company
My moon, my man
So changeable and
Such a lovable lamb to me
What grew, what grew?
And what grew and inside who?
First so simple was the vow
Then the chorus sang about