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I have been looking forward to this album all year, and now this amazing work of art has arrived. Many of Regina's fans were upset that she changed her sound so much on this album from her previous one, but I welcomed this change, and personally loved it. She had many more resources at her disposal for this record, so her sound is more polished, but the things that make Regina spectacular are her extraordinary lyrics and incredible voice, both of which are very present in 'Begin to Hope'. Each song is beautifully crafted and will resonate in your mind for weeks after you hear them. My personal favorites are 'On the Radio', 'Fidelity', and 'Samson'. If you are new to Regina, this album will serve as a great introduction and if you are a long time Regina fan, acknowledge that she herself said she doesn't want her albums to sound the same. Regina Spektor, as an artist, has a right to change her sound and her true fans should accept this beautiful album for what it is, a masterpiece.

A True Artist

I know, "Artist" is overused. It should be reserved for those musicians who not only are talented and who sound good, but convey the idea that they would judge themselves a failure if they sounded like someone else, even someone great. This album confirms that Regina Spektor is an artist in this highest sense. She defies categorization. Her voice sounds like no one else's; her music sounds like no one else's; and her lyrics sound like no one else's. Her voice, music and lyrics are all not only original, but of the highest quality and fully mature. I was ready to dismiss Spektor's eccentric hiccoughs and grunts, which occasionally punctuate this album, as pretentious, but none are gratuitous; each rounds out the meaning of the song or suggests something about the character of the person from whose point of view the song is written. It's hard to "ipod" this album by omitting weaker tracks; they all convey something fresh and memorable. That is a sign of Spektor's commitment. To return to the theme, true artists give you the sense that they need to do what they are doing and would keep doing it even if no one bought their painting, sculpture, or record. Luckily, however, people are buying this album and so should you!

greatest cold rainy day with hot chocolate music!!!

I found regina spektor through a video on vh1 and i've loved her ever since. She is amazingly talented vocally andshe has ah-mazing piano skills!!! Anyone who says that her lyrics are "trying to hard " or "pathetic" needs to get their hearing checked or needs to get a serious reality check. Her lyrics are heartfelt and amazing!!! i'm not biased because i listen to everything from the yeah yeah yeahs to beyonce to panic at the disco. and those peole who are critizing her act like they are musical experts but i'd like to see them do better. You probably don't like it because you don't understand it. Thta's because in other music the meaning is spelled out for u but in this u actually have to think about. That's ok, u can listen to ur generic pop...but know that there is something better and it's called REGINA SPEKTOR!!!!


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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