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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids may want this CD after hearing the popular single "1234" that was featured in an iPod commercial. The album is a masterful creation in poetry and musicianship that deals in regret, the past, dreams, and love. It touches on topics that may not fully be realized by teens (true love, regret), but fine for them to listen to. One song describes brandy as a metaphor for infatuation with a boy.
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What's the story?
In her third full-length solo album, indie rock artist Leslie Feist has crafted a beautiful, heartbreaking blend of sweet, aching vocals, poetry, and enchanting melodies to make THE REMINDER one of the best albums of the year. This Canadian Grammy winner recalls the lyricism of Joni Mitchell, the creativity and childishness of Bjork, and the organic quality of Lucinda Williams. The catchy single "1234" rose to the charts after its placement in the TV ad for Apple's iPod Nano ("1234 come on baby move me more/sleepless long nights/that is what my youth is for"). It's a fun mix of horns, strings, and piano that make it great for radio-play while still having the quirky and poetic tone that is Feist.
Is it any good?
With stylish lyrics and fresh melodic phrasing, each song on this CD is an event, not relying on any innuendo or compromising content to make it edgy and raw. "The Park" is a heartbreaking ballad about love lost because of distance and time "with sadness so real that it populates the city/and leaves you homeless again." Its pure, sweet acoustic will tug on your heartstrings. And with Feist's rustic angelic voice trailing with ease from whisper to wail, it makes every track on this album part of a storyline that will carry you on a welcomed path of old memories and raw emotions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how ads and TV shows create a buzz with music. Is it strange that a band suddenly becomes popular after their song is played on-air -- even if they had an album out for months before? How does music affect a commercial? What do you remember after seeing an ad or a scene from your favorite show -- the plot or the music? Families can also talk about the consequences of an artist reinventing himself or herself with a new album. Is the music always the same?