Artist: Regina Spektor
Quirky. Insightful. Fun. Intelligent. Original. Those are just a few words many have tagged to Regina Spektor’s music. And there’s no relenting on her new album Far. It is a an amalgam of those qualities and many others that showcase a growth worth taking in.
For Far, Regina worked with four top producers, which included Jeff Lynne (ELO, The Traveling Wilburys), Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem), David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes) and Garret “Jacknife” Lee (Weezer, R.E.M.). Talk about an eclectic mix. And that’s what you get on on this album.
Old and fair-weather fans may be “disappointed” in her decision to go this direction, and call it “overproduced.” Because up until now, she’s been a one-woman band. But whoever said experimentation and growth weren’t allowed? Whoever said it’s uncool to try something new? I recommend those fans take a deep breath and just enjoy the experience that is Regina. ‘Cause it is an experience.
Her two previous albums Soviet Kitsch and Begin To Hope are full of songs that are distinctively Regina’s own, and Far doesn’t fail. Spektor’s intricate melodies are still here. She still gives you her rich and evocative sounds that will entrance and intoxicate. With the playful “The Calculation” to the musing “Blue Lips”, Regina’s Far takes you on a real ride.
Only Regina could make “I’ve got a perfect body ’cause my eyelashes catch my sweat,” sound sweet in her lovely “Folding Chair”. And “Dance Anthem of the 80s” has so much unexpected fun, I had to replay it five times in a row before I could move on. Something quite special happens right around two minutes.
So… Quirky. Insightful. Fun. Intelligent. Original. Those adjectives don’t spell ‘blow you away’, or even ‘brilliant’. But they still describe Regina and her music. An important talent, indeed.
For a sure-fire Regina Spektor experience, you can catch her this Saturday, September 12 at The Chicago Theater. http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/regina-spektor-chi-909.html