Feist - Pleasure
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2017 Ratings: #147 / 852
User Score
Based on 328 ratings
2017 Ratings: #138
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April 28, 2017 / Release Date
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The Skinny

Pleasure is easily Feist’s most difficult album, far from the immediate accessibility of The Reminder, but she's a captivating performer and it may well be her richest statement.

A.V. Club

These all contribute to the record’s capacity for surprise, a playfulness that accounts for the most literal representation of Pleasure’s eponymous emotional state.


She's more than capable of penning a good tune, but Pleasure presents a unique, uncompromising vision of intimacy and enjoyment. True to its name, this is the sound of Feist fighting through the bullshit of being human to have a good time despite it all.


Tonally, Feist exposes a storm of feeling on Pleasure, probing an abyss of her own confusion, lack of trust in others and self-imposed isolation, and yet also a core tendency to love and care.


The rougher, rawer songs here demonstrate her desire to create music that she can support with her own “musculature,” to use another word she’s used lately.


Feist embraces rawness and introspection like she never has before, evoking a powerful sense of intimacy while still retaining her knack for writing beautiful arrangements.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s minimalist, and it’s very, very raw. In the best possible sense, it’s an open sore of a record.

Northern Transmissions
On this latest release, Feist makes a point of subverting expectations on folk to heavenly (or hellish) alt-pop for a record that takes every dull moment and blooms it into something different.
Consequence of Sound

Pleasure is a record of patience, and each surprising twist in its understated songwriting is used to illustrate how Feist keeps her cool.

Entertainment Weekly

On Pleasure, she’s reduced the sing-alongs to a minimum, stripping her songs of almost any rock and roll abandon for a folk-based template that is beautifully minimalist and measured.

Pretty Much Amazing

We have seen a progression through an imaginary house of sound. Let It Die was her bedroom record, The Reminder her living room record, Metals was her front porch record, and Pleasure is her garage record.

Under The Radar

While there's no viral hit like "1234" on Pleasure, Feist exhibits some of her best work with just her vocals and a guitar.


Feist has made her sex-and-death record, and in turn she has created her boldest statement yet. It's messy, confusing, thrilling, and of course, filled with pleasure.


While it’s not always the easiest of listens, the raw emotional honesty and potency of her arrangements makes it truly a pleasure to have Leslie Feist back.

Drowned in Sound
It’s the work of a confident, mature songwriter with a clear and distinct voice. And we should all be thankful that she’s making albums like this, rather than wasting her time chasing that second big single.
Emerging from the murk and into the new-found quiet of middle age, Feist’s ‘Pleasure’ is a document of stark beauty that’s entirely and unequivocally her own.

Pleasure is a mature, unseeking artistic statement, uninterested in fitting into anyone else’s formula.

God Is in the TV

Repeated listens flag up little quirks here and there within the already excellent tunes and vocals.

No Ripcord

The quiet/loud dynamics of Pleasure showcase an artist who’s satiating her capricious appetite, all while keeping her listeners guessing with a knowing wink.

The Needle Drop

2017 keeps the strong singer/songwriter releases coming with Feist's Pleasure.

The Observer

That’s not to say that the album isn’t accessible ... but these songs about maturity and internal toughness often move in mysterious ways, leaving plenty of space for Feist’s probing guitar work and an atmosphere that really breathes.


On Leslie Feist’s fifth album, sparks of rock’n’roll are balanced with simmering introspection across a collection of patient, lushly arranged songs.

Slant Magazine

Pleasure fully embraces the melancholic sentiments of blues and improvisational immediacy of jazz. Written in the wake of a breakup, the songs here brim with both newfound freedom and heartache.

Rolling Stone

Pleasure, her first LP in six years, trades the sweater-wearing kitchen-jam vibe of her breakthrough The Reminder for a stark intimacy that can suggest Kate & Anna McGarrigle if they'd been big fans of the Young Marble Giants' post-punk bedroom mumblings or PJ Harvey's blues-wrath epistle To Bring You My Love.

Loud and Quiet

Songs seldom end with any intent but instead simply stop, often mid-phrase, beautifully acrobatic melodies that Feist would once have exalted are here soured by obfuscatory sound effects, and the album’s lurching structure, exciting at first, becomes disorientating over the long haul.

The 405

Whereas before Feist was able to harness her dynamic voice and her instinct for melody to create understated-yet-memorable records, this album feels like a collection of unfinished sketches.

The Independent

Unfortunately, there’s not much pleasure here for the listener, manoeuvred into the position of reluctant psychoanalyst.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The pleasures that Pleasure describes are mundane to the point of tedium, trite beyond cliché. And the music itself is, despite the strength of Feist’s voice, mostly intolerable.

TMT's review is a joke.
i've been listening to variety of albums these days. such a productive mood. haha. lovely lovely.

• a man is not his song
• baby be simple
• young up
This album sounds like it was performed live in a giant greenhouse with people moving around them to water the flowers as they play, and I mean that in the best way. It contains some of Feist's highest highs, yet some might see this as a "quieter" release of her's. It is definitely more reserved than The Reminder, but Pleasure sounds much more personal to Feist herself. It's mature, well-prepared, and not lazy in the slightest. My favorite tracks on here will definitely become some of ... read more
Beloved Canadian artist Feist takes a Fiona Apple-length break and returns with a Fiona Apple-quality album.

Pleasure's sonic textures are easily its most ear-grabbing aspect; amps buzz, vocals congeal, synth tones pulse. Unlike previous record Metals, which fit neatly in the early 2010s canon of ambitious universe-building indie pop records (think Lykke Li's Wounded Rhymes), Pleasure really carves out an aesthetic that no one else is doing right now.

The album has the advantage of being ten ... read more
I think this is the best indie rock album of the year thus far and deserves more attention. "Any Party" into "A Man is Not His Song" is an incredible one two punch, both songs are huge and epic and emotional and feature great production ideas. The rest of the record is great, haunting and ghostly, lo-fi, with great falsetto harmonies and screeching guitar work.

Full review: https://reviewsbybitterblossom.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/feist-pleasure/
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Track List

  1. Pleasure
  2. I Wish I Didn’t Miss You
  3. Get Not High, Get Not Low 
  4. Lost Dreams
  5. Any Party
  6. A Man Is Not His Song
  7. The Wind
  8. Century
  9. Baby Be Simple
  10. I’m Not Running Away
  11. Young Up
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Added on: March 14, 2017