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LIVE IN LONDON, the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor, will be released November 22nd on Sire / Warner Bros Records. Captured mainly at London’s famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, LIVE IN LONDON features 23 remarkable performances that span Spektor’s brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live. ... Read more in Amazon's Regina Spektor Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B0029Z0JDM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Folding Chair 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Machine 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Laughing With 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Human Of The Year 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Two Birds 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dance Anthem Of The 80's 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Genius Next Door 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wallet 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. One More Time With Feeling 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Man Of A Thousand Faces 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Fifth studio album from the American alternative singer-songwriter. Selling over 50,000 copies in its first week of release, the album charted at #30 in the UK Albums Chart.

BBC Review

Regina Spektor's moment may have come. Kooky and quirky with songs brimming over with catchy melodies and lyrics that revel in magnificently opulent fantasies on life, love and, well, pretty much anything and everything else, studio album number five from the Moscow-born doyenne of New York's anti-folk scene promises to catapult her squarely into the spotlight.

Odder than Kate Bush, as dreamy as Stina Nordenstam and less scary than Tori Amos, Spektor has gone for some very subtle but secure underpinning in Far, enlisting no less than four producers - ex-ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and Fiona Apple mentor Mike Elizondo among them - to perfectly frame a baker's dozen of tracks that take idiosyncrasy to delicious new heights of oddball inventiveness.

Spektor's determinedly semi-detached fascination with the minutiae of things may irritate some listeners - there's something about the curious biography outlined in the overly jaunty Folding Chair, with its imitation of dolphins singing, that provokes a concerned step backwards - but for the most part it throws up miniature marvels.

The easy but effective metaphor of Two Birds, the extrapolation of an unknown life spun from the contents of a found Wallet, the litany of calamities in lead single Laughing With, and the pretty but quietly disturbing One More Time With Feeling all exert a tangled fascination that keeps you in hushed thrall to their operatic intensity.

Piano led, indie-accented, with surprising instrumental details and vocal tics aplenty, Far showcases a singer-songwriter of considerable (if occasionally unfocused to the point of unhinged) ability. But behind Spektor's cutesy cartoon outlines lie songs full of adult drama and detail that catch the imagination when you're least expecting them to. --Michael Quinn

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Cm Mcclelland on 23 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's been three years since Regina's last album, "Begin to Hope", was released, and her new album has finally arrived...

The album's lead single "Laughing With" was, I think, an excellent choice for first single. It's delicate, soft and very pretty. "Eet" also shows that same side of Miss Spektor.

"Machine" sounds like what I imagine Regina would have made if she had a top-notch producer at the time of recording her 2002 album "Songs". "Genius Next Door" and "Man of a thousand faces" are other songs that have a darker sound than the others.

"Blue Lips" is a bit different. It's a ballad with an epic, sweeping sound thanks to the very good production by Jeff Lynne (who has produced for artists such as The Beatles and Roy Orbison).

"Human of the Year" is a very nice track with a "church-gospelly" kind of sound that works nicely for Regina's voice and piano. Go to 2:17 in the track to hear how beautiful Regina's voice can really sound (it actually gave me goosebumps).

Fans of Regina's quirky, upbeat songs can't be dissappointed with this album. "The Calculation", "Folding Chair", and "Dance Anthem of the 80's" are possibly Regina's most catchy and fun songs to date. "The Calculation" is very radio friendly to be honest but Regina's piano and beautiful vocal styling and quirky lyrics just make it impossible not to like. "Folding Chair" is really fun and sweet; a very feel-good song that brings a smile to my face each time I hear it. "Dance Anthem of the 80's" starts out with familiar Regina territory, but the song develops and has a circusey, slightly eerie, sound with beatboxing to add more effect to it; a nice surprise...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2009
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I love this album. OK, I admit it, that isn't the most impartial way to start off a review, but it's the truth. I love everything about it, the interesting, witty lyrics, Regina's gorgeous vocals, the superb songwriting, the way some of the compositions have a powerful emotive message and yet still have the ability to make a smile involuntarily creep across your face. Such is the appeal of "Far", I have literally lost count of the amount of times I have played this album since I've bought it, so not only does this album have an immediate impact on the listener, it has real longevity.

There are so many brilliant songs on this collection, I could quite easily go through each track and would probably run out of superlatives, so I'll just stick to my absolute favourites. The bouncy opener, "The Calculation" is infectious and charming. "Eet" is both delicate and then magnificent, reminding me a little of Ben Folds, as does the excellent "Two Birds". The sinister, near-Orwelian, "Machine" is another stand-out, managing to be both chilling and yet undeniably beautiful. I'm reminded of Alanis Morissette at her most poignant best when I hear "Laughing With", a song wryly commenting about the perversion and misuse of religion whilst managing to stay cleverly neutral. "Dance Anthem Of The 80's" is almost annoyingly catchy but most certainly amusing. "Wallet" is a beautiful song, describing the brief insight into someone's life finding their wallet would give you. In fact, every single track on "Far" has something special to offer to the listener.

It's a testament to the album's four producers that you can't tell that the songs have different people behind the helm - it's a very cohesive album and they all simply seem to bring the best out of Ms. Spektor.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Cm Mcclelland on 23 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's been three years since Regina's last album, "Begin to Hope", was released, and her new album has finally arrived...

The album's lead single "Laughing With" was, I think, an excellent choice for first single. It's delicate, soft and very pretty. "Eet" also shows that same side of Miss Spektor.

"Machine" sounds like what I imagine Regina would have made if she had a top-notch producer at the time of recording her 2002 album "Songs". "Genius Next Door" and "Man of a thousand faces" are other songs that have a darker sound than the others.

"Blue Lips" is a bit different. It's a ballad with an epic, sweeping sound thanks to the very good production by Jeff Lynne (who has produced for artists such as The Beatles and Roy Orbison).

"Human of the Year" is a very nice track with a "church-gospelly" kind of sound that works nicely for Regina's voice and piano. Go to 2:17 in the track to hear how beautiful Regina's voice can really sound (it actually gave me goosebumps).

Fans of Regina's quirky, upbeat songs can't be dissappointed with this album. "The Calculation", "Folding Chair", and "Dance Anthem of the 80's" are possibly Regina's most catchy and fun songs to date. "The Calculation" is very radio friendly to be honest but Regina's piano and beautiful vocal styling and quirky lyrics just make it impossible not to like. "Folding Chair" is really fun and sweet; a very feel-good song that brings a smile to my face each time I hear it. "Dance Anthem of the 80's" starts out with familiar Regina territory, but the song develops and has a circusey, slightly eerie, sound with beatboxing to add more effect to it; a nice surprise...
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