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When two creative individuals come together to work, the results can be either inspired or implosive. The singular singer/songwriter/pianist/arranger Regina Spektor collaborated with not one but four different producers on her fifth studio album, Far, and the result fortifies the Russian-American’s already impressive body of work. Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne E.L.O., Paul McCartney and David Kahne Sugar Ray, Matthew Sweet all worked with Spektor, who delves largely into the grand theme of religion. “Laughing With,” the haunting lead-off single, might have its analog in the saying “there are no atheists in foxholes.” “The Calculation” is pure joy, while “Blue Lips” evolves from a cinematically reflective introduction to an actively explorative cadence.

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Ignore the low ratings

I am always amused to hear someone say "this album is not her" as if the thousands of hours an artist spends on each album were in some sort of brain washed fog. Every chord, every lyric represents a choice the artist made. What these fans really mean is that it doesn't sound like what they want from Ms. Spektor. It's a bit like saying you are a fan of the chef but complaining about the new menu. What that means is that you were a fan of the meal she served you, but not the chef herself. If you are a fan of the chef you will try whatever they cook up and look for the signiture flavors and new variations. You will be a guest on their artistic journey as opposed to forcing them to be the soundtrack for your journey. This album is the tightest album yet and I am excited to see Regina trying new things. It is clear from listening to the arrangements that she is driving the creative process and the parts still have her sound. The only reason why it is not five stars is because I feel a few songs are a bit of filler to round out what is by and large a very strong album. As I am a FAN OF REGINA, I look forward to hearing what she does next!

Very accessible to new fans while remaining true to Spektor's original fans

Regina Spektor's new album "Far" is a culmination of her previous works. While listening to it you cant help but think this is what her work has been leading too. While previous efforts '11:11' & 'Soviet Kitsch' relied simply on Spektor's creative song writing and piano it was apparent that Spektor wanted more from her sound on the '2006' effort 'Begin to Hope' which featured a band backing her and a polished studio sound. 'Far' falls somewhere in between and probably for the best. There's a lot of variety here from the playfulness of tracks like "The Calculation" and "Dance Anthem of the 80's" to the social commentary of "Machine" and the radio friendly "Laughing With", Spektor has found a blend that keeps each song distinct. Other songs like "Human of the Year" are a bit more personal and perhaps offer a glimpse into Spektor's childhood who spent some of her time growing up in Russia. Whether it be observation, inspiration, or perhaps maybe a touch of preaching, Spektor's song writing finds the perfect way to deliver her message, and all with her trade mark sound. For fans, this is the album you've been waiting for since 'Soviet Kitsch' and for new listeners get ready to fall in love with one of the best song writers in the world.

Regina's Back!

Regina is better than ever in "Far." The lyrics are great and the songs are easily singable, which is always a plus. I ended up liking more of the songs on this album than I did on Begin to Hope. I definitely reccomend this one. "The Calculation" - An upbeat track about a couple discovering what love really is. Very catcy and meaningful too. "Eet" - A slower song about forgetting something you loved. You will likely put this one on repeat. "Blue Lips" - The second single. Interesting religious themes and imagery. "Folding Chair" - A very cute song about a summer fantasy. Upbeat and happy, easy to listen to. "Machine" - A darker song about a futuristic dystopia. Great percussion. "Laughing With" - The first single about how life affects our religious beliefs. "Human of the Year" - A common person is given an award. Is he really all that different from everyone else? I love the piano in this song. "Two Birds" - About a tricky relationship in which two peope have different goals. "Dance Anthem of the 80's" - For a song about drugs and prostitution it is very happy. "The boys and girls watch each other eat when they really just wanna watch each other sleep." "Genius Next Door" - A dark, aquatic horror story (possibly) about a suicide involving a lake, drunk kids and a loner. This is one of my favorites. "Wallet" - About how much people can learn about eachother just by looking through their wallet. Very random, in the true Regina style. "One More Time With Feeling" - A song about enjoying life for the last time, and about having one last experience before you die. Very inspiring. "Man of a Thousand Faces" - About someone who has lost his identity. A good ending track. --But wait! Bonus tracks!-- "Time is All Around" - This actually made me laugh. A very clever song about being tired of love. "Time is all around, except inside my clock." "The Sword & the Pen" - A sad song about longing. "Riot Gear" - A very interesting daily routine. Great beat and piano in this. If you like Regina's past work, this won't disappoint you.


Born: February 19, 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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Far (Bonus Track Version), Regina Spektor
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Jun 09, 2009

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