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A beautifully understated album
The Reminder - Feist
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The Reminder - Feist
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I like Feist, she's a cool singer, a good writer and a her videos are awesome, some have compared her to Dido, but I would call that a lazy comparison as her music is clearly more orientated to the World Music set than Dido who has good influence from her Brother Rollo and the dance music of his band Faithless.
Feist is part of the excellent band 'Broken Social Scene' as well as being one of Canada's most famous singers, this album was something of a breakthrough for her, thanks in no small part to some clever use of her songs on Apple adverts.
However this album proves that she is a talent who really deserved such attention, as this album is utterly stunning and very original.
So Sorry - This starts with a lilting acoustic guitar that reminds me of Gonzalez, it shows good confidence by Feist in her voice and writing that she's prepared to sing without anything but an acoustic guitar, the song is nice and gentle without really being anything amazing.
I feel it all - This is well known to fans of adverts with its lovely little chorus. The song is a good mix of guitars and triangles, Feist has a lovely voice, I like that it is so melodic but has a real edge to it, I would say her voice is American indie even though I believe she's Canadian, this song reminds me of the film Juno in being quite lo-fi but utterly charming.
My Moon, My Man - This is one of Feist's best known songs with the cool airport video, this is fun and feisty but has a real easy listening vibe, its thoroughly enjoyable and a simple concept with a rhythmic drum backing her beautiful voice and a chorus catchier than Matt Prior on a good day's wicketkeeping for England.
The Park - This is a real lo-fi song, pure guitar and voice, it is a nice tune with a sweet lyrical content and the voice is really beautiful nonetheless its lo-fi nature means it doesn't really stand out at all.
The Water - A nice melodic organ to open this track, it is purely instrumental for a long time and when Feist joins in she sounds like a wounded animal, this is a song filled with understated emotion and actually really hits you hard.
Sea Lion Woman - I like this title, the use of a funky backing chorus and a strange organ noise, this is a weird song with breathy vocals and a fast paced breathless pace, its weird a bit different and ensures the album doesn't remain too slow paced for too long.
Past in Present - I like the guitar on this it does sound a bit like 'I Feel it all' to start with but Feist sounds rockier on this tune, its nice enough but the gentle music means it feels a bit one paced, the clappy chorus is good fun but its a background song for me.
Limit to your love - Soft, slow paced and fitting with this album, this is all about the voice and the lyrics and the strong use of piano really reminded me of Carole King, although Feist has a better voice in my opinion.
1 2 3 4 - This is the catchiest song on the album and known to millions from the I-Pod adverts, this is a great song, Feist sounds gorgeous on this and the chorus is catchy with a nice use of a creaky ukelele as well as some cool voices. The song is so catchy and addictive, it sounds wonderful is something that sticks in your head and is still different enough to not be considered mainstream, this is a lovely lo-fi nursery rhyme with some great instrumentals and the dreamiest voice ever.
Brandy Alexander - With the clicking opening I felt for a moment I was listening to a D'Angelo soul track but this is purely clicking fingers and the beautiful voice of Feist, I really like this song, it builds up gently and if you really listen hard the story of Brandy Alexander is clever and touching.
Intuition - Again this is all about the voice and the lyrics, this is a beautiful song with the great voice of Ms Feist on top form.
Honey Honey - I like this, listen to it two or three times to hear the beautiful textures of the song, with wonderful electric guitars, harps, elegant choruses and a voice in the midst of some kind of weird fit, this is a weirdly beautiful song which recalls BJork for me,
How my heart behaves - A nice chilled out start to finish the album, again Feist sounds a lot like Bjork with her weirdly elegant range, this is a great song, this sums up the album, understated, well produced and perfectly written. Beautiful.
Overall, i think this is a brave album by a really interesting artist, to have the confidence in herself to sing with clicking fingers or acoustic guitars shows a woman utterly confident in her voice and lyrics and rightly so, the songs are well produced and really offer something different. The voice is eloquent and slightly pained and really sounds awesome.
This is not an eclectic album in terms of style but it is interesting in the variation in use of instruments and arrangements, the voice is the key to this album but the musical accompaniment is well thought through on every track.
For people who enjoy strong female singers i'd recommend it, this doesn't have the explosiveness of Patti Smith or PJ Harvey, the smoothness of Norah Jones or the weirdness of Kate Bush or Bjork, but she has elements of all of these singers and is entirely unique for it.
I find this album a treat to return to, its layered with so many different sounds its always interesting to review the whole thing, its chilled out but challenging and exactly what you'd want from your favourite musicians.
Its well worth a listen and at £5.73 on Amazon its a steal.
Summary: A beautifully understated album