Like a break up note that sings with life and is so personal you don’t want anyone in the world to see, Leslie Feist does the exact opposite and decided to make an album.
It’s one big spring love song after a winter relationship. It seems to be around every corner of this album. It begins with “So Sorry” and ends with “How My Heart Behaves.” The horn sections just compliment Leslie Feist’s voice and what a voice. For any other performer, this album would be a boring snore (Her ability as a singer is tested with the Nina Simone cover “Sea Lion Women” and does she make you want to dance). This becomes the confessional part, which sees gospel mixed with that moody expression that she masters. The breaks between her lyrics can feel like a lifetime, because she exaggerates that ache and makes you take notice. You begin to recognize the pattern, some tracks are heart wrenching and others, although a bit poppy, still have that signature tone. At the end of this album, you feel that “The Reminder” is like an interloper in your past relationships. It isn’t going to change your world, but it will slow your day down and that’s always welcomed in any person’s world.
By Nathan Solis