On Leslie Feist, Briefly

Leslie Feist chooses her singles very well. I have her first album (or second, but first that anybody ever heard), and of all the songs on it, I like “Mushaboom” best. Same with “1234”, which is an incredibly lovely song. At her best — these songs — her work has a sort of wistfulness and…not nostalgia, precisely, but a longing for a better time, whether it be past or present. I still think the best line she ever wrote was “We’ll collect the moments, one by one / I guess that’s how the future’s done”.



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