Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist spent a decade running from the success of “1234,” her musical promotion for Apple’s iPod Nano. Pleasure
continues and expands Feist’s effort to reach for the minimal and unusual statement, with an end result that often bears resemblance to PJ Harvey’s early and raw Rid of Me
and later acoustic release White Chalk
. Feist’s continued collaboration with metal band Mastodon provides some gritty moments, though she only uses electric guitars to emphasize, never to overwhelm. The tracks are so raw and unadorned that they occasionally are too ethereal, as in “Lost Dreams.” More often, though, Feist achieves a perfect balance of scream and whisper in songs like “The Wind” and “Century.” Little on Pleasure
is likely to gain her a wider mass audience, but going back to her days with Broken Social Scene, Feist never desired to be that kind of pop artist.
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