by Geoffrey Himes
For most of the past two years, Leslie Feist has been an “Anti-Pioneer,” as she puts it in one of her new song titles. If a pioneer is someone who is traveling, always traveling, in search of new territory, Feist became an anti-pioneer, someone who stays put for a while, catches her breath and regroups. It was time. “When the month changes numbers,” she sings on that song, “it’s time to go home.”
She had done enough pioneering on the rock ’n’ roll road—as the teenage singer of Calgary’s punk-metal band Placebo, as the back-up singer and puppeteer behind the rock-rapper Peaches, as the obscure 23-year-old behind...