Who would have thought that Feist, the indie pop patron that lived prominently in the smoky, cabaret ballroom, would just as easily slip into the mainstream so fluidly and gracefully? That's assuming she did at all (iPod commercial and Grey's Anatomy notwithstanding), her titillating "1234" void of (and I quote from a popular radio station) "a good beat to dance to." This small misstep aside (?), The Reminder stands head-and-shoulders as the year's best pop release, loose and lively when appropriate ("I Feel It All") or slow and palpable when needed ("Intuition"). That it features her best song (the lovely outro, "How My Heart Behaves") only cements Feist as a growing songwriter, one that might not have tapped into the mainstream she seemed destined for (you can breathe easy, back pocket believers), but at least now she's poised for it. That alone makes The Reminder irresistible; everything else is just bonus.
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