#3. The Reminder
Leslie Feist sings about heartbreak, misunderstandings and romantic betrayal, but lyrics like, "Money can't buy you back the love that you had then," which, in lesser hands might set you digging at your veins with a spoon, actually come off exultant. The trick isn't so much Feist's voice an unfussy instrument that adapts easily to bossa nova, chanteuse-y ballads and a banjo nursery rhyme sing-a-long so much as her delivery; she never reaches for melodrama when warmth and optimism are so close by. Feist hovers over songs like 1 2 3 4 and Brandy Alexander, giving their dark hearts a gentle kiss and making everything seem just right.
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