Friday, June 19, 2009

Regina Spektor: "Far" album review

Regina Spektor has carved out a spot for herself in the crowded world of "woman-at-a-piano" indie rock by writing quirky songs that tell a story. Well, that certainly hasn't changed at all on her new album Far (out June 23rd).

The narratives on Far are just as absurd as ever ('we made our own computer out of macaroni pieces'). Spektor also hits those high notes, using her voice as an instrument on tracks like "Eet".

There is some branching out musically as well. "Dance Anthem of the 80s" features a new wah-wah beat. Computer-generated sounds are present on "Machine", Spektor's statement on artificially created music.

What we don't get from Spektor on this record are those standout memorable tracks. With a handful of exceptions the songs are interchangeable, blending into one another. There really aren't any of those choruses or vocal hooks that made us come back to Begin To Hope over and over again. The bouncy piano waltz of "The Calculation" is about as close as we get.

Far is not a bad record, but making the inevitable comparison to its predecessor it hardly stacks up to Spektor's best.

Best tracks: "The Calculation",

Track listing for Far:
  • The Calculation
  • Eet
  • Blue Lips
  • Folding Chairs
  • Machine
  • Laighing With
  • Human of the Year
  • Two Birds
  • Dance Anthem of the 80s
  • Genius Next Door
  • Wallet
  • One More Time With Feeling
  • Man of a Thousand Faces

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