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by Rudy Klapper [25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 428 views]
Regina Spektor Goes “Far”

For someone so associated with the New York anti-folk scene, Russian-American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor sure knows her way around a pop tune or thirteen. After 2006’s commercial smash (well, by indie standards) Begin To Hope, it should come as no surprise that this latest, the eagerly awaited Far, pulls no punches. From the opening staccato chords and syncopated hi-hat of opener “Calculation,” Spektor sets up a piano shop in one’s head and relentlessly pounds the ivories to pop perfection. Indeed, the first half of the album poses a question many longtime Spektor fans are wondering after this album first began streaming: has their beloved, endlessly quirky Regina sold out after all?