Can’t believe I let this fall out of rotation.
The Reminder is a damn near perfect album, to the point where I’m hesitant to start picking at it to learn more about why it’s so good. I could talk about how the bedroom-y arrangements feel bigger than they should, or how she makes whole, soaring songs out of compact ideas, but none of that adequately explains why The Reminder is so amazing, why its Metacritic user score is so much higher than its (already high) critic score, or how it became the best selling album on iTunes in 2007. Maybe that’s the lesson here — no matter how you look at it, The Reminder will always add up to more than the sum of its parts. If any album is worthy of a tautological shrug, it’s this one.