Regina Spektor - Far
Regina Spektor has carved out a spot for herself in the crowded world of "woman-at-a-piano" indie rock by writing quirky songs that tell a story. Well, that certainly hasn't changed at all on her new album Far.
The narratives on Far are just as absurd as ever ('we made our own computer out of macaroni pieces'). Spektor also hits those high notes, using her voice as an instrument on tracks like "Eet".
There is some branching out musically as well. "Dance Anthem of the 80s" features a new wah-wah beat. Computer-generated sounds are present on "Machine", Spektor's statement on artificially created music.
What we don't get from Spektor on this record are those standout memorable tracks. With a handful of exceptions the songs are interchangeable, blending into one another. There really aren't any of those choruses or vocal hooks that made us come back to Begin To Hope over and over again. The bouncy piano waltz of "The Calculation" is about as close as we get.
Far is not a bad record, but making the inevitable comparison to its predecessor it hardly stacks up to Spektor's best.
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on 2009-06-23 dadair Said:
Review of Single: Laughing With
That mystically distanced persona that Regina Spektor entertained and confused people with when she first made her entrance into the public domain, continues to fade into the background as she gets more personal and heart-tugging. 'Laughing With', hoists up the hefty topic of faith and decorates it in a down tempo key led instrumental, giving extra potency to the stirring lyrics;
"No-one's laughing at God when they've lost all they got and they don't know what for?
No-one laughs at God on the day they realise that the last sight they will see is pair of hateful eyes.
No-one's laughing at God when they're saying their last goodbyes."
This dreamy reflection shows Reggie at her most accessible and the lobbing vocal nature will have you swaying like a baby in cradle. This nimble voiced Russian born New Yorker, will set off intrigue alarms with this subtle yet colourful snippet of her new material, amongst the music press and general the public. Ahead of her potentially focus changing fifth album, 'Far' (due out 22/0/06/2009).