Canadian singer Leslie Feist
is the winner of the Seventh Annual Shortlist Music Prize for her album The Reminder
. Feist is the second female artist to win the prize, following Cat Power
who won the award last year. Feist was chosen by a panel of five Listmakers: recording artists Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol
) and Ronnie Vannucci (the Killers
), journalist Rev. Moose (CMJ), radio DJ Chris Douridas (KCRW) and the hosts of Hunnypot Internet Radio.
In a statement, Listmaker Gary Lightbody called The Reminder “the album of the year for 2007 or any year I can think of: it’s modern and classic all at once. There are so many kinds of beauty in this record.”
Feist is the first Canadian winner of the Shortlist Music Prize, joining Irish singer Damien Rice
and Icelandic band Sigur Ros
as Shortlist winners who hail from outside the US. Previous winners also include American artists Sufjan Stevens
and TV on the Radio
The remaining nine finalists for this year’s award were Arcade Fire
, LCD Soundsystem
, Stars, Wilco
and Working for a Nuclear Free City
. The finalists were selected from the initial Long List of 54 nominated albums.
- Feist photo gallery
- Read our review of 'The Reminder'