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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo studio release for the Canadian indie pop artist features a guest appearance from Jarvis Cocker and was produced with Mocky and Renaud LeTang.
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  • Record Label: Interscope
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Century
I fought my feelings and got in the way Could've been easier than a decade of days Projection, young marriage, lighting the stage I wanted feelings,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 24, 2017
    100
    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.
  2. Apr 26, 2017
    90
    Pleasure presents a unique, uncompromising vision of intimacy and enjoyment.
  3. 83
    Feist is sounding her most directional in a decade.
  4. Apr 21, 2017
    80
    Pleasure the album flows cohesively and poetically. [Apr - Jun 2017, p.80]
  5. May 3, 2017
    80
    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.
  6. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Her pop hits remain enjoyable, but what makes Feist’s albums hold up is the unexpected. Pleasure perhaps asks more of the listener than her first two records did, but really, the best pleasures do.
  7. 40
    Unfortunately, there’s not much pleasure here for the listener, manoeuvred into the position of reluctant psychoanalyst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 28, 2017
    10
    Great album! Its a grower, every new listen, you discover new things. Its a very cohesive album. Highlights are Pleasure, Any Party, Baby BeGreat album! Its a grower, every new listen, you discover new things. Its a very cohesive album. Highlights are Pleasure, Any Party, Baby Be Simple and Century. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2018
    9
    Wonderful, peculiar album meant for a long, lonely night of driving, Feist tries on a lot of sounds and musical trends in this album. I hearWonderful, peculiar album meant for a long, lonely night of driving, Feist tries on a lot of sounds and musical trends in this album. I hear Arcade Fire. I hear Yo La Tengo. I hear PJ Harvey. Not all of it works - after the excellent, confident opening title track, much of the first half of the album meanders along - but that feeling of dislocation and longing is there. Feist has never been very good at explaining her work - she uses a lot of words without exactly saying "this is what we were going for" but the effect of the album is fierce. The songs that are meant to be existentially substantial - A Man is Not His Song, End of the Century - are ambitious and haunting. Feist asks some big questions in this album and has some answers. I like that. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2018
    9
    This is Feist's most complex album, lyrically and thematically. There's an unbridled intimacy to these songs that just can't be capturedThis is Feist's most complex album, lyrically and thematically. There's an unbridled intimacy to these songs that just can't be captured anywhere else. Well done. Expand
  4. May 5, 2017
    8
    Wonderful composition and great production on this album. Feist gives her best performance with her sweet voice and her beautiful simpleWonderful composition and great production on this album. Feist gives her best performance with her sweet voice and her beautiful simple sounds. I wouldn't add something more or remove something else on this album. I love ''Pleasure'', ''Lost Dreams'' and ''I'm Not Running Away''. Expand
  5. Apr 28, 2017
    8
    On 'Pleasure', Feist has created a very intimate and introspective world where she dares to dive into truly darkly emotional feelings. AtOn 'Pleasure', Feist has created a very intimate and introspective world where she dares to dive into truly darkly emotional feelings. At times sweet and effortlessly executed, and at others confusing, intimidating and disturbing, the album never fails to surprise with witty twists, almost philosophical utterances and a constant knack for the delicately odd. Wonderful album, in its own introverted way. Expand
  6. May 16, 2017
    7
    This is an album for very patient and proactive listeners, since Feist takes a long time to really grow the different layers in each of herThis is an album for very patient and proactive listeners, since Feist takes a long time to really grow the different layers in each of her songs, but she unexpectedly thrives with carefulness and hollowness, which makes everything worth listening to until the end. My Score: 129/180 (Good) = 7.2/10 Expand