Add Date: June 23
Artist: Regina Spektor
Label: Sire/Warner Bros.
Genre: Rock, folk pop
Comments: From the promoter: "Regina Spektor has always possessed an uncanny ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, constantly demonstrating her acute sense of detail both in music and words. Her breakthrough Begin to Hope in 2006 connected the dots from her New York anti-folk beginnings to an audience finally ready for Regina's point of view, and Far sees her expanding even more. Working with a variety of producers this time, including Begin to Hope's David Kahne, Far takes the listener on a sonic journey with sweeping melodies juxtaposed against jaunty rhythms and its more somber moments, emotive vocals blend into a lush, soft place... only to return home enriched and elevated."
I thought Begin to Hope was top-heavy, burning out after a very good opening, while Far is a more pleasant listen from start to finish. Check out "Eet," "Machine," "Laughing With" and "Two Birds."