Flutterby’s Music Reviews
Regina Spektor – Far
Regina Spektor’s 5th album but only the 2nd studio produced album, you will notice more than just her and her piano. From hearing less produced albums by her, I have to say that the studio produced albums tend to feel like they take away a little of Regina’s quirky strange personality that is highly infused into her earlier music. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this album. I am fully sold on Regina and her sound. This Russian-American brings songs where she gives us a “Dolphin song” (Folding Chairs) and sings about a lost wallet (Wallet). The album goes in many directions but the songs are blunt expressions of Regina telling it like she sees it. Those views sometimes are strange allusions to religion, Blue Lips has Adam & Eve taking blame for this mess we’ve gotten into “They started out beneath the knowledge tree. Then they chopped it down to make white picket fences” and Laughing With gives honest perspectives “No one laughs at God on the day they realize that the last sight they’ll ever see is a pair of hateful eyes”. She takes us to her world, story telling songs that remind us of science fiction (Machines) and fables (Genius Next Door). It took a few listens for me to warm to some of the songs. The songs seem a little radio friendly and over produced, but you find her goofy personality sandwiched between the stuff shirts and realize that it’s a natural progression for an artist and trust that she will work out the kinks in working with a label in a studio. I give this 4 out of 5 butterflies.
My favorite songs: Eet, Machines, Genius Next Door