What We Saw From The Cheap Seats - Regina Spektor

19 June 2012 Music

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats - Regina Spektor

Russian-born, New York-based Regina Spektor has always walked a wafer-thin line between what fans see as the craft of a pop maverick and what detractors scorn as wilfully contrived eccentricity. To that end, her sixth studio album is likely to further charm those who love her and frustrate those who don’t. It’s a whimsical record that embraces quietude, but also busts out beatbox vocals, big beats and even the odd foreign accent. Quieter moments include ‘Small Town Moon’ and ‘How’, both nostalgia-tinged laments alluding to fear and loss, while the sparse ‘Ballad of a Politician’ is a withering takedown of moral corruption. On lead single ‘All the Rowboats’, Spektor sings stirringly about art being locked away in galleries like prisoners in jail (all the masterpieces serving maximum sentences). Sung with a nursery rhyme lilt, ‘Don’t Leave Me’ features calypso-like melodies and is a re-recording of an earlier song, ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’. This is elegant, experimental pop at its quirky best.

HEIDI MAIER

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