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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), Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Fiona Apple), Garrett Lee (U2), 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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Have Nothing but Love for this Woman

I've been a huge fan of Regina Spektor ever since I heard Soviet Kitsch back in 2004, when I was still a high school freshman. After that, I dwelled deeply into her previous albums, fascinated by just how much work she had already produced. I was also thrilled to discover the plethora of songs that lay in her live sessions and demos. Many Regina fans will be keenly aware of just how many songs have gone unproduced and are probably circling the web in noisy live recordings. However, every now and again, there comes a clean, good quality track. So, it goes without saying that I highly anticipated her fifth album. If only to hear how some of my most favorite tracks (folding chair, dance athem) had been captured in actual recording studios. So perhaps the only disappointing part of this album, to me, was that I attributed so many of these songs to a completely different sound, having heard Blue Lips, Folding Chair, Dance Anthem, Wallet, and Genius Next Door in a different environment. I treasured them as they were, so hearing them sung any different way seemed foreign and odd. In the past week, I have been listening to this album somewhat on a loop, and my own subjectivity shouldn't deterr any listener from enjoying this album, because it truly is a wonderful album. I love the hip hop vibe from Dance Athem, one of the most refreshing and amusing examples of how well a track can be redone and re explored. And Laughig With was justly picked as the single, but if you really want a taste of what she's about, I think Folding Chair and Wallet are perfect summations of her quirkiness and story-telling. In short, the album is another great extension of her previous work, and the witty, poetic writing is intact, as it should be. And I encourage anybody that has not seen her live, to do so, immediately, because she's a great performer.

Am I the only one...

...who doesn't like this album nearly as much as her other work? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Regina, and some of the songs on this are really great- I love Eet, Two Birds, Dance Anthem of the 80s, Genius Next Door, & Wallet- but I really didn't like how a lot of the songs were produced. Folding Chair has a strange, twangy/beachy vibe that detracts from the song for me, and on some other songs the use of percussion distracted me from her beautiful melodies. I love all of her demo versions of Time is All Around, for instance, but on this album there are often some cymbals tossed into the song in a way that is highly distracting. Dance Anthem also has too many cymbals for my taste.
I love you, Regina, but Far definitely isn't your strongest work- it's not as quirky as Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers or Soviet Kitsch, not as soulful as Songs or 11:11, and not as well-produced as Begin to Hope. Don't get me wrong, all of the melodies on this are lovely, but compared to her older material, I really didn't enjoy as much.

L-O-V-E

I discovered Regina a while ago...fell in love with her music!!! This album is no exception! Whoo-Hoo :))

Biography

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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