The Reminder

The Reminder

Infobox Album
Name = The Reminder
Type = studio
Artist = Feist

Released = April 23, 2007 (worldwide)
May 1, 2007 nowrap|(North America)
Recorded = March 2006
Genre = Indie pop, folk, pop, pop rock, indie rock, acoustic
Length = 50:01
Label = Cherrytree/Interscope
Arts & Crafts
Producer = Gonzales, Feist, Renaud Letang, Mocky, Ben Mink
Reviews =
*Absolutepunk (81%) [ 01 May 07]
*Allmusic Rating|3.5|5 [ link]
*Drowned in Sound rating-10|9 [ Apr 07]
*"Entertainment Weekly" (A) [,,20037672,00.html 3 May 07]
*musicOMH Rating|4|5 [ 23 Apr 07]
*Pitchfork Media (8.8/10) [ 30 Apr 07]
*PopMatters rating-10|8 [ 1 May 07]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [ 17 Apr 07]
*"The New Yorker" [ link]
*"The New York Times" [ link]
*"The Toronto Star" [ link]
Last album = "Open Season"
This album = "The Reminder"
Next album =

"The Reminder" is the third full-length album by indie rock artist Feist. It was released on 23 April 2007 in countries outside of North America, and 1 May 2007 in the United States and Canada.cite web|url=|title=Feist Announces New Album|publisher=Pitchfork Media|date = 2007-02-07|accessdate=2007-02-07]

Following its release, it debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 16, selling about 31,000 copies in its first week, [Katie Hasty, [ "Ne-Yo Scores Second No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week"] ,, May 9, 2007.] and debuted at number 2 in Canada, selling just over 18,000 copies. [John Williams, [ "Buble, Feist, Rush rule charts"] , Jam! Showbiz, May 9, 2007.] As of May 17, 2008, the album has sold 596,290 copies in the US. [ [ Billboard 200] ] "The Reminder" was also the best selling album of 2007 on the iTunes store. This album was #35 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. [Robert Christgau, David Fricke Christian Hoard, Rob Sheffield (December 17, 2007), [ "The Top 50 Albums of 2007"] "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2007-12-20] It won Juno Awards in 2008 for Pop Album of the Year and for Album of the Year. It was also nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Commercial reception

On 10 July 2007, the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize was revealed. "The Reminder" was announced as a finalist, alongside such other acts as The Besnard Lakes, Chad VanGaalen, and eventual winner Patrick Watson. [cite web|url=|title=Arcade Fire, Feist on Polaris short list |accessdate=July 10|accessyear=2007] [cite web|url=|title=Feist, Fire get Polaris noms|accessdate=July 11|accessyear=2007] [citeweb|url=|title=Arcade Fire, Feist And The Dears Among Polaris Nominees|accessdate=July 11|accessyear=2007] Track 6 of the album, "Sealion" is an adaptation of a song by singer Nina Simone ("Broadway-Blues-Ballads", 1964). The original title was "See Line Woman" (a reference to sealions was never intended), and refers to the life of an upper class prostitute. Less than a year after its release, "Blender" listed it 80th on their list of The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever. [ [ The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever — #80 to #71 Article on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More ] ] Feist won the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize for "The Reminder"; she is the second woman (after Cat Power) to ever win the award. After winning her 5 Junos, in Canada her album sales shot back up the chartConfusing|date=September 2008 from #12 to #2, the position her album debuted at.Fact|date=September 2008

Confirmed singles include "My Moon My Man", "1234", "I Feel It All" and "Honey Honey". The "My Moon My Man" single includes a remix by German electronic musician Boys Noize. Videos were directed by Patrick Daughters, who also directed the video for "Mushaboom".cite web|url=|title=Indie singer Feist aims "lowbrow" with new album|publisher=Reuters|date=2007-03-07|accessdate =2007-03-07] During September 2007, the song "1234" was featured in Apple's television advertisement for the third generation iPod nano. The advert caused a sudden increase in the song's popularity, which resulted in a surge in the song's chart position. It reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart on October 7th and number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 13th. The music video was shot in a single unbroken take after two days of rehearsals. [cite web|author=Pareles, Jon|work=The New York Times
title=Just Feist. Just Wait.
] "Time" magazine named "1234" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #2. Writer Josh Tyrangiel called the song a “masterpiece”, praising Feist for singing it “with a mixture of wisdom and exuberance that's all her own." [Tyrangiel, Josh; "The Best Top 10 Lists of the Year"; "The 10 Best Songs"; "Time" magazine; December 24, 2007; Page 39.] [ [,30583,1686204_1686244_1690619,00.html "Time" magazine's Top 10 Songs of 2007 at] ] eBay also used the song in Australian advertisements. Another single, "My Moon My Man" was used in a Verizon Wireless commercial.

Track listing

All songs written by Feist, except where noted.

#"So Sorry" (Feist, Dominic "Mocky" Salole) – 3:12
#"I Feel It All" – 3:39
#"My Moon My Man" (Feist, Jason "Gonzales" Charles Beck) – 3:48
#"The Park" – 4:34
#"The Water" – 4:46
#"Sea Lion Woman" (Feist, Bass, Nina Simone) – 3:39
#"Past in Present" – 2:54
#"The Limit to Your Love" (Feist, Jason "Gonzales" Charles Beck) – 4:21
#"1234" (Seltmann, Feist) – 3:03
#"Brandy Alexander" (Feist, Ron Sexsmith) – 3:36
#"Intuition" – 4:36
#"Honey Honey" – 3:27
#"How My Heart Behaves" (Feist, Eirik Glambek Bøe) – 4:26

;UK bonus track14. "Honey Honey" (Live at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall, Oct. 2005) – 4:37

;Japanese bonus tracks14. "Intuition" (Live at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall, Oct. 2005) – 6:14
15. "My Moon My Man" (Video) - 3.41
16. "1234" (Video) - 3.14

;iTunes bonus tracksThe following tracks were not on the CD or 12" vinyl formats, but were available for download from iTunes only with the purchase of the album from the iTunes Store or Starbucks.

  • "Sealion" (Feist, Bass, Simone) (Chromeo remix) – 3:45
    #"The Water" (Red demos) – 4:13

    ;Best Buy bonus tracksThe following tracks were available as bonus downloads via a code included with initial copies of "The Reminder" in US Best Buy stores. The live versions of Intuition and Honey Honey are the same versions as those found as bonus tracks on the UK and Japanese CDs.
    #"Honey Honey (Live W/Fade Out)" - 4:34
    #"Intuition (Live W/Fade Out)" - 6:14
    #"Fighting Away The Tears (w/ Mocky)" - 3:17


    Physical Singles
    *"My Moon My Man"
    *"I Feel It All"
    *"Honey Honey"

    Digital Downloads
    *"My Moon My Man"
    *"I Feel It All"
    *"Sea Lion Woman"

    Chart positions


    The album achieved a considerable success around the world, selling 1.2 million copies worldwide and being certified Gold in the United States and Double Platinum in Canada.


    *Feist – acoustic and electric guitars, piano, banjo, vocals
    *Gonzales – piano, organs, vibraphone, drums
    *Jesse Baird – drums
    *Mocky – acoustic bass, farfisa, organ
    *Bryden Baird – trumpet, flugel horn, percussion
    *Julian Brown – electric bass, melodica
    *Jamie Lidell – energy arrangement, vocals
    *Town Hall (Jamie Lidell, Julian Brown, Bryden Baird, Mocky, Jesse Bard, Gonzales and Feist) – group percussion and backup vocals

    *Eirik Glambek Bøe – singing on "How My Heart Behaves"
    *Afie Jurvanen – leader of the lead guitars on the bridge of "Sea Lion Woman"
    *Kevin Drew – backup singing on "Honey Honey"
    *Brendan Canning – backup singing on "Honey Honey"
    *Pierre Luc Jamain – organ bass on "Honey Honey"
    *Ben Mink – strings and rhythm acoustic guitar on "1234"
    *Ohad Benchetrit – the Mystery on the bridge of "My Moon My Man"
    *Charles Spearin – the Mystery on the bridge of "My Moon My Man"
    *Lori Gemmel – harp
    *Sandra Baron – violin
    *Mary Stein – cello


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