Dazzling heartache from sometime Broken Social Scenester

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Feist – The Reminder
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An inveterate collaborator (with Broken Social Scene, Peaches and Kings Of Convenience among others), Canadian expat Leslie Feist belatedly took centre stage with 2004’s “Let It Die”, and made you wonder why she left it so long.

If the presiding spirit of her debut was the breezy bittersweet “Blossom Dearie”, “The Reminder” draws on Nina Simone (particularly on the testifying “Sea Lion Woman” and “Limit To Your Love”).

It’s a darker, deeper affair, but its latent power flares up to stunning effect on the despair of “Intuition”.

STEPHEN TROUSSÉ