17 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

1338 Ratings

Ignore the low ratings

Musiclawyer,

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

ant182,

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.

About Regina Spektor

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 of a community that balanced her Russian Jewish roots with her new home's culture. Meanwhile, she continued to practice piano anywhere she could, including at her synagogue, until her family got a piano of its own.

Spektor further developed her classical piano training by attending the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. During her studies, she was exposed to blues and jazz artists, including Billie Holiday. These sounds made such an impact on Spektor that they became a big part of her self-released 2001 debut album, 11:11. At the same time, she was also playing gigs anywhere she could in the city, in venues ranging from basements to parties to comedy clubs. On the strength of her frequent performances and another self-released album, 2002's Songs, Spektor developed a following that included Alan Bezozi, They Might Be Giants' drummer. He introduced Spektor to the Strokes' producer, Gordon Raphael, and both worked with Spektor on her third album, Soviet Kitsch, in both New York and London (where she collaborated with the band Kill Kenada). Soviet Kitsch was initially self-released like her other work, but it eventually found a wider release with Sire Records.

Tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Mates of State, and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson further raised Spektor's profile. She also toured the U.K., where the success of "Us" as a European single led to the release of the CD/DVD retrospective Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories early in 2006. That summer, Begin to Hope, her first album of original material for Sire, arrived. Begin to Hope enjoyed popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and went gold in America, where it also cracked the Top 20. After taking several years to tour and compose new material, Spektor returned in 2009 with Far, which featured a bevy of star producers, including Jeff Lynne, David Kahne, Mike Elizondo, and Garret "Jacknife" Lee. Spektor’s first-ever live release, Live in London, was recorded and filmed at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo, and released in 2010. In summer 2011, Spektor reunited with Elizondo in Los Angeles to begin recording her next album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. The dark, driving single "All the Rowboats" arrived the following February, and the album itself was released in May 2012.

Accompanied by a full orchestra on select songs, Spektor returned with her seventh studio album, Remember Us to Life, in September 2016. That summer, she also recorded a live set at Chicago's WTTW studios for the PBS series Soundstage that included songs from the album as well as older favorites. After airing on television that October, the performance got a multi-format release by BMG Soundstage in March 2017. ~ Heather Phares

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