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The Reminder

Feist

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Albenrezension

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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Durchschnitt

Ich frag mich in letzter Zeit öfter mal, warum die meisten Leute nicht erst mal selber Musikplatten anhören wie in den guten alten Zeiten. Stattdessen plappern sie irgendein dummes Zeug nach, das ein wirrer, gefrusteter Feuilletonist von sich gegeben hat. Schade find ich das! Wenn das eigene Denken und Bewerten auf der Strecke bleibt.... Die Stimme von Frau Feist ist guter Durchschnitt, die Texte erreichen ab und zu ein ansprechendes metaphorisches Niveau (v.a. bei The Limit to your Love) aber ansonsten ist hier zu viel breiige Einheitskost anzuhören. Nichts spektakuläres. Ergo 3 Sterne.

reminder?

ja also irgendwie erinnert the remindr schon an etwas altes, sehr erfahrenes. es hat seine ganz eigene athmosphäre und klanglandshaft. nichts desto trotz sind im vergleich zu let it die einige abstriche zu verzeichnen. beim vorgänger stimmte einfach alles. eine perfekte mischung zwischen folk, pop-rock und soul gemixt mit elektronischen elementen ohne zu cheesy zu sein. the reminder wirkt hingegen erdiger, nicht so synthetisch was einerseits schon ist andererseits das album einseitiger wirken lassen. der widererkennungswert der songs ist hier nicht so stark gegeben außerdem sticht auf den ersten blick nur my moon my man als wirklicher hit heraus.

naja

wirklich tolle Stimme, Arrangements bieten ein paar schöne Einfälle, das Ganze ermüdet aber ein wenig beim zweiten oder dritten Anhören

Biografie

Geboren: 1976 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Jahre aktiv: '90s, '00s, '10s

Leslie Feist — best known simply as Feist — was a respected member of the Canadian alternative music community before becoming an international pop sensation with the success for her albums Let It Die and The Reminder. Feist was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 13, 1976. Her father Harold is a respected abstract painter and academic, while her mother Lyn is also a visual artist who works in ceramics. Feist was a baby when her parents divorced, and her mother relocated...
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