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#17 Regina Spektor’s musical output has undergone considerable transformation over the past ten years – 2012’s reimagining of “Ne Me Quitte Pas” is the obvious example of this – but what hasn’t changed is her propensity for storytelling...full article here
#38 What We Saw From The Cheap Seats points toward ever unfolding new directions for an artist whose sense of whimsy never excludes the possibility of real-world despair. Spektor’s virtuoso voice has lost none of its capacity to startle, unsettle, and surprise – even after five albums in ten years, even after tours opening for The Strokes, Kings of Leon, and more recently Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. That sense of possibility – like anything could happen inside these songs – makes What We Saw unlike anything else released on a major label...full article here
Regina Spektor What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
Regina Spektor’s always been a unique singer-songwriter: quirkier than most, but never too weird for her own good. Her sixth album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, explores various aspects of her personality, and its highlights sit among her finest. “All The Rowboats” marches urgently on a sinister backbeat. “How,” a lovelorn tale of trying to move on after a breakup, reaches a new level for someone who’s done fine slow burners before.
Overindulging her kookiness, though, results in missteps. “Oh Marcelo,” with verses done in an exaggerated Italian accent, sounds like two afterthoughts smashed together. “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” is a remake of a track from her 2002 LP, Songs. It’s jaunty, but the new arrangement clashes with its descriptions of snowy New York.
Cheap Seats begins with “Small Town Moon,” a song she’s performed live, but has never recorded. “How can I leave without hurtin’ everyone that made me,” she pines, as if wondering whether outgrowing her trademark eccentricities could alienate her fans. If she continues to aim straight for the heart more often than the funny bone, she’ll have nothing to worry about, she’ll be great. Right now, though, she’s still really good.
Well, isn't this cute? Husband and wife Jack Dishel (aka Only Son ) and Regina Spektor look pretty classy in the video for "Call Them Brothers." Directed and shot by James Holland using Super 8mm film (additional archival footage was shot by family friend Howard Zuckerman), the happy couple gets a historical tint via photographs and home videos (including a clip of Dishel hamming it up as a kid). The track was originally recorded for Only Son's self-released 2011 album "Searchlight," but a new reworking can also be found the deluxe version of Spektor's latest album "What more here
Spektor is a street-smart songwriter masquerading as a book-smart one...more at pitchforkmedia.com
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