Les magnifiques

When Leslie FEIST strolled on stage at Oran Mor last night, the Canadian songstress announced that ever since her previous visit to Glasgow (at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy on November 20, 2004), she has been raving about it on her travels around the world.

And once again there was more than enough magic and drama to make you think she’ll be talking about this gig for a few years too.

Feist certainly warmed up a freezing Wednesday night in the West End, with an ethereal voice so stunning even her microphone struggled to cope with its remarkable range. But the occasional technical hitches didn’t come close to distracting a zealous crowd from appreciating one of the most naturally blessed talents of our generation.

After Feist was corrected by a heckler on a North Americanism (saying “apartment” rather than “flat”), she began overelaborating the definition of a porch by explaining it as a place to sit out in the summer when one quick-witted punter got the biggest laugh of the night by yelling: “What does summer mean?”

When the band got down to serious business, the consistent greatness of songs from most-recent album The Reminder were interspersed by some choice cuts from her back catalogue, the most eventful undoubtedly being a ramshackle attempt at Mushaboom, during which an exasperated Feist forgot the words (genuinely, it would seem) and offered one well-versed front-rower the chance to do a better job.

As The Pop Cop’s photo shows, the cheeky scamp did just that in exchange for getting his copy of The Reminder signed on stage – he even came prepared with a pen!

If you weren’t lucky enough to be at Oran Mor and this review has whetted your appetite, look out for the concert appearing on a future episode of the BBC Culture Show, for which it was filmed last night. If you were there, you’ll no doubt be looking forward to reliving some unforgettable memories.

4 Feist – Secret Heart

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