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lunes, junio 12, 2006

summer album preview: begin to hope.

Regina Spektor used to bore me, but the minute I heard "Fidelity", the opening track off her new album Begin to Hope, my mouth dropped in amazement. Was this the same anti-folk pianist I brushed off my shoulder with no regrets back in 2004? Yes. But better...or as Ms. Spektor would say "beddo".

The album proves that this Russian singer-songwriter isn't afraid to experiment, messing with her old piano formula by bringing in electric guitars, drum machines, and electronic loops. She retains her eccentric lyrical style while bringing in a poppy sound. a new formula that works ten times better than the old one.

Unfortunately, the album suffers in it's inconsistency. "On the Radio" (listen at Kill Your Co-Workers) is a short, upbeat ditty-doo followed by the 5 minute and 18 second piano ballad "Field Below". While both songs are equally good, there is no transition between the tracks, leaving the listener very confused. In the end, the only consistent thing about the album is it's resistance to be consistent or have any flow for that matter. While it's annoying to some degree, something about that is very charming and that something is sure to help Regina gain a spot on several "top albums of 2006" lists.

DOWNLOAD: REGINA SPEKTOR- Fidelity
DOWNLOAD: REGINA SPEKTOR- 20 Years of Snow

BUY Begin to Hope, release date is tomorrow!

BLOGWATCH: Check out the new Jurassic 5 (unfortunately featuring Dave Matthews) over at Gorilla vs. Bear.

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