Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Regina Spektor: Album Review



Regina Spektor is a weird one -- she is a kid in an adult's body with an eccentric flair and an amazing talent. Those other piano-playing female singer-songwriters have nothing on her, as Fiona Apple is overrated, Nellie McKay is a kook and Tori Amos is irrelevant and boring. With her third album, Spektor is able to use her eccentricities to craft remarkably off-kilter pop music that straddles everything in-between folk, indie and jazz.

Some of these songs have been bouncing around for years. Spektor is known for her incredibly long live shows [check last fall's three hour Bowery performance] that are filled with nuggets she has been tooling around with that just never seem to come to fruition. "Edit," "Summer in the City" and "Apres Moi" have been knocking about for quite awhile and now that the songs are fully realized, they are that much more captivating. Spektor is one those artists who can thrive in any medium, and while she is a totally different beast live, her recorded output ranges between beautiful and intense.

Regina Spektor has never been an artist that you get right away. She didn't hit me until I saw her perform live, and I am basically sold for life. On Begin To Hope, Spektor remains the same goofy eccentric we all know and love, but she takes another step away from her peers to solidify herself as a classic pop musician who is not afraid to chart new territory.

Buy: Begin To Hope
MySpace: Regina Spektor
Audio: "Edit"

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tori is not irrelevant and boring...Perhaps it just might be your personality that's irrelevant and boring?
I think that's affirmative.

I think Regina Spektor is quite a fine singer but should be looked upon the same as Tori and Nellie.
So, anyways, to get to the point, you suck.
=D

10:06 PM EDT  
Anonymous Morgan said...

you sound bitter. people who say negative information about others is just unappreciative of there talent and style. instead of writing such a stupid thing about regina spektor why dont you go take a nap. when you get up try listening to the artists you just mentioned and maybe try to see another side of it.

1:09 PM EDT  
Anonymous hilary said...

um...as much as i love regina...it's hard to say she's better than tori. to say tori is boring is ridiculous...musically and lyrically she is one of the most experimental artists out there and her piano playing alone is lightyears more complex than regina's.

3:10 AM EDT  
Anonymous MissMetal said...

oh God, enough with the tori-haters - listen before you judge...without Tori where would the others be??

6:46 PM EST  

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