Regina Spektor Is Far From Mainstream

June 3rd, 2010

A distinct voice, with a strong New York accent, you find it easy to warm to the Russian born Regina Spektor.

She sings about weird things, but whatever she sings about, you can visualise. There is an instant image of everything she sings, like “when we drove a hearse, right through that screaming crowd” or “A little bag of cocaine, so who’s the girl wearing my dress, I figured out her number, inside a paper napkin”.

She is kooky and kitsch, but oh so cool.

Regina Spektor’s most current album Far which was released mid-2009, but is still worth the mention now because it is excellent. The women is a genius when it comes to combining music, her experiences, instruments, piano, strange vocals, and weird noises – this makes her all the more distinct, fun and captivating.

As mentioned, her voice is distinct, but it is also uplifting, happy and at times, slightly crazy. She seems to be a little manic, but this is why I love her. But don’t worry, she mixes it up with songs that can almost make you cry, or that make you feel so inspired, where you feel like you can do anything. Such raw emotion and depth. She uses incredible describing words so you can get full feeling of the songs. Regina can also pull the big notes, she is simply incredible!

“The Calculation” starts off the album, it’s a cute and fun song. You’ll immediately start bopping away and enjoying the vocals. Oooooooh high and low, you will begin oooooooooooh ooooh oohing with her too, against the predictable tune.

The second track on Far is called “Eet”, this was also the second track that was released. It can be interpreted in different ways, but I think it’s about losing things that were once so familiar to you, like singing the words to your favourite song. A powerful song, which almost makes you re-evaluate your life. Again, you get into the song and learn the chorus quickly – “Ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-Eet eet eet”.

The first track that Regina released off this album was “Laughing With”, track 5. my favourite song on the album. It’s the 2000′s version of Joan Osbourne’s “One Of Us”. “No one laughs at God in a hospital, no one laughs at God in a war, No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving or freezing or so very poor…”, Regina sings about little life situations that change peoples lives, for better or worse. She acknowledges how ironic life can, which in actual fact, you could compare the story to that of Alanis Morrissette’s “Ironic”. A beautiful folk-ballad, with a great range of pitches and honest clarity.

I could talk about each song, but I think it’s something you need to hear for yourself and interpret your own way.

The type of album you can listen to while driving alone, belting out the words, pretending you have an amazing voice. Or a wet Winter Sunday morning, with breakfast in bed and the paper – a time you can appreciate the talent of this incredible artist. You also can’t go past her last album either, Begin to Hope – phenomenal.

I give Far an 8 out of 10.

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