The Reminder

Feist’s new album was recorded so briskly, it might make the execs waiting on Guns ‘n’ Roses’ 13-years-in-the-making Chinese Democracy weep. The Canadian singer-songwriter from Broken Social Scene dashed off The Reminder in less than a fortnight, with chums Mocky, Jamie Lidell and Gonzales helping.

Recorded on an old French estate,
The Reminder sheds the exquisitely plush sound of her brilliant debut, Let It Die, for a lo-fi direction: on several songs, Feist has little to hide behind but her fine-grained voice. But boy, what a voice.

The many memory-burning songs here include her fragile duet with Kings of Convenience’s Eirik Glambek Boe and the sweetly intoxicating “Brandy Alexander”, which was written via Chinese whispers (sort of) with Ron Sexsmith.

Lee Tran Lam

Rolling Stone, April 2007