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On principle alone, I tend to resist acts carried skyward by the brute force of Apple's starmaker machinery. By the time Jet's “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” the Caesars'”Jerk It Out” or Wolfmother's “Love Train” embedded themselves permanently in our collective cerebral cortex, the resentment and rot had set in, forever tainting the tune in question no matter its relative genius and/or adrenaline quotient. Thus it was that most of the great unwashed were first introduced to Leslie Feist's “1234,” a cracking tune from The Reminder, the third album chock-full of the erstwhile Broken Social Scene member's characteristic pop eccentricity.
Here's the catch: for all its various charms, “1234″ isn't even the best song on this album — that particular accolade falls to “My Moon My Man,” an insistent, piano-driven bit of twilight obsession with a compulsively watchable airport-themed video to match. Gone are most of the vague jazz affectations found on the Canadian's nevertheless stellar sophomore outing Let It Die, replaced instead by an ADD-afflicted cafeteria menu of faux-campfire blues (“The Park,” “Intuition”), hypnotic Joni Mitchell-isms (“The Water,” “How My Heart Behaves”) and pseudo-gospel spirituals (“Sealion”) all carried on the strength of Feist's buoyant, god-sent vocal gift,… read more »