"The Reminder" is particularly difficult to classify.
Nova Scotia-born Leslie Feist has refined the sound of her hectic career thus far into 13 sparkling musical gems.
She has cavorted in Berlin with Peaches and toured with vast Toronto alt-rock outfit Broken Social Scene, but now, with "The Reminder", the 31- year-old has come brilliantly into her own. A quiet confidence fills slower numbers such as "Limit To My Love", produced by long-time collaborator Gonzales, while the summery verve of "1 2 3 4" and "I Feel It All" provides an upbeat counterbalance.
Feist's delicate voice, which she damaged as a punk-screaming teenager, beguiles throughout.
The yearning ballads are shiny happy pop songs such as "The Moon My Man" and especially "1 2 3 4". The latter is probably the catchiest thing she's ever done, a nursery rhyme style melody set to acoustic guitar, strings, banjo and a quite brilliant brass section. The sound of the summer lies within.
This is a fine album and certainly Feist's best yet.
Whether it be the haunting "Honey Honey" or the swaggering "The Moon My Man", there's guaranteed to be something of interest for all.
The Canadian music scene goes from strength to strength.