Feist
Pleasure


4.5
superb

Review

by owl beanie STAFF
April 29th, 2017 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you belong in this play's cast of characters

Leslie Feist has gotten good at looking inward.

Pleasure - all jagged riffs and incongruous interludes - parades its minimalism proudly, gesturing for us to cross the threshold, sit by the fire and take comfort in the fact that we share the same feelings expressed in its songs. Feist takes a magnifying glass to the anatomy of her everyday, offering some whimsical sense of comfort for those who sit down to spend the 53 minutes with her.

I can feel the empathy that permeates this record consolidated by its idiosyncrasies in real time. A Jarvis Cocker sermon feels revelatory, like a road map showing me a path to where the "air is cleaner" after too much time occupying the most poisonous of head-spaces - as I am wont to do. By the time High Road by Mastodon saunters in to explore gender binary at the end of A Man Is Not His Song, I begin to realise that Feist speaks with her songwriting choices as clearly as she speaks with her lyrics. It's the distinction between a film fleshing out its narrative with clever cinematography as opposed to needless exposition.

Pleasure is both disheveled and deliberate; its imperfections carefully considered. The whisper of static lapping at the edges of this record is warm and welcoming, bringing with it a wave of intimacy. If you listen close enough, the album plays out like the perfect antidote to an imperfect, overwhelmingly vast existence. Then, there's moments that are almost imperceptible, like the slight waver of Leslie's voice as she croons the refrain in Baby Be Simple. As these songs wander into the realm of the heart-to-heart and comforting near-silence, it is reasonable to assume that the album wants you to confide in it. That, I guess, is why I've fallen in love with it so quickly - the idea that Pleasure is the friendliest and most world-weary stranger on the bus you'll ever meet, or a hot cup of coffee in the depths of winter.

This album is skeletal. These songs feel like blueprints of other songs, getting lost on the way to completion and stumbling onto some deeper meaning as a result. Pleasure eschews a glossy veneer for a loose weave of drunken pub singalongs and chord progressions that sound like sandpaper, just to carve out a place for the fragile and the imperfect. In Pleasure's company, I can feel okay being both of these things.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hogan900
April 29th 2017


2911 Comments


Seriously great review man, will give this a shot asap

FullOfSounds
April 29th 2017


15770 Comments


Oh man I'm hyped to hear this

verdant
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


2395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck thanks so much dude, means more than you know

verdant
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


2395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's seriously great

luci
April 29th 2017


10559 Comments


tinymixtapes dragged the hell out of this and made me reluctant to check it out

verdant
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


2395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ehhh its all opinions man,,,,, i think its at least worth a shot

(also i'm new here, is there any way of directly replying to someone's comment)

butcherboy
April 29th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review..

verdant
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


2395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you!!!!

zaruyache
April 29th 2017


20500 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

it's on spotify and apple music.

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grannypantys
April 29th 2017


1994 Comments


haven't heard from this ho since '07. Excited to listen to her again. Good review.

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Gyromania
April 29th 2017


26585 Comments


Great review

brokencycle
April 29th 2017


177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved this album way more than I was expecting to.

The opening track is such a rush.

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butcherboy
April 29th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That cello on I'm not running away kills me.. Though the album is realistically a 3.5 for me right now

verdant
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2017


2395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks gyro (:

theBoneyKing
April 30th 2017


16122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excited to give this a spin

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botb
April 30th 2017


12669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like this a lot

verdant
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2017


2395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the review or the album?? (;;;

ahaha nah but yeah the album is wicked

JigglyPDiddy
May 1st 2017


3359 Comments


This'll be mah first Feist record. Gonna listen to it today probably.

BigTuna
May 1st 2017


5270 Comments


Great write-up! Listening now and I like it a lot first time through.

guitarded_chuck
May 1st 2017


17205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review dude



diggin the album quite a bit



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