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Customer Reviews

You can See a lot from these seats...

Regina Spektor Fans seem to be in two camps; Those that think she is becoming too over-produced and "remember when it was just her, a piano in a gig of 50 fans", and then there are those who embrace the fact that this is an artist who now has the chops to ask producers to add these layers to her songs giving them new life and characteristics. I for one am in the Latter camp!

I confess that Im a relatively late Spektor fan, I first heard her music on "Mary Ann meets the Gravediggers" and whilst I loved it, I found each album has given me more to love. For me "Cheap seats" matches that of "Far" which I rate as one of my favourite albums ever.

This album is a little more subdued, a little more subtle, yet with all the charm you would expect from Regina: Human snare? Check (Oh Marcello, All the rowboats) Imitating a bugle? Check (Party) Unsettling intake of breath? Check (Open) ... only from Regina would you get this in a song and it not seem trite or out of place.

The only small thing for me was that where "Far" had instant charisma due to the content of each song being about a different character and scenario, this album is more about emotions, which for me meant i was taken on less of a journey, but the emotions are pure and after a few listens it does the job and does it well!

Highlights for me include "Small town moon", "How", "Call them Brothers", "Patron Saint", and "All the Rowboats" but all of the songs are beautifully crafted and the production does not take away from the imaginatiive slant of the artist.

Highly recommended

PS... I am aware "Ne Me Quitte Pas" has a lot of fans up in arms with the new production but i pose a challenge: Sit in the sunshine (which we are lucky to be having at the mo ;)) headphones in, cool drink of your choice and I defy you not to listen to it without smiling, tapping your feet and falling in love with it :)

What we saw

Regina seems to do two types of music, one conveys something really special and the other I can never really get into, unfortunately I can't really get into this album, none of the songs speak to me or really have any of that special quality that was abundant in Far with songs like Genius next door, Folding chair etc. and even older songs like Fidelity or Samson... Not biased on that one or anything! It is my real name.
I was hoping for more of that special Regina sound, but I don't hear it. :(

Love you Regina, sorry about the mean review


i love this album and i love Regina Spektor! her songs are so beautiful and eye-opening, this album is a must buy!!!


Born: 19 February 1980 in Moscow, Russia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A veteran of New York's anti-folk scene, songwriter Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age nine, Spektor listened to her father's bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture (at the time, hers was the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years). Eventually, Spektor and her family became part...
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