Isnâ€™t lauding Leslie Feist this late in 2007 sort of passÃ©? Seems like ages ago that â€˜The Reminderâ€™ solidified the Polaris-nominated Calgary chickâ€™s place alongside Metric and Stars as one of the strongest pillars in the post-BSS pantheon. Even so, three months on, â€˜1 2 3 4â€™s' charm remains as elementary as its title. As with all the best tracks off of â€˜Reminderâ€™â€” â€˜I Feel It Allâ€™, â€˜Past In Presentâ€™â€” the song sounds like a distant cousin of Feistâ€™s breakout-and-still-best single â€˜Mushaboomâ€™, from 2004â€™s â€˜Let It Dieâ€™: barely-there, country-road strums bolstered by string swells, humble horns mingling with plucky ukulele, and a lovely mix of snaps and claps leading towards catharsis at the two-minute mark, where Feistâ€™s soaring vocals make friendly with some dizzy saloon stool piano. B-side â€˜Fightinâ€™ Away The Tearsâ€™, meanwhileâ€” Feistâ€™s ramshackle duet with sometimes-collab Mockyâ€” provides ample motivation to (keep) listen(ing) to Canadaâ€™s shining chanteuse.
Released 23/07/07 on Polydor Records.