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Songs

Regina Spektor Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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 (15 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B000009F38
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Samson
2. Oedipus
3. Prisoners
4. Reading Time with Pickle
5. Consequence of Sounds
6. Daniel Cowman
7. Bon Idee
8. Aching to Pupate
9. Lounge
10. Lacrimosa
11. Lulliby
12. Ne Me Quitter Pas

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3.0 out of 5 stars respektor 25 April 2014
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a couple of exceptional tracks but the rest is pretty disappointing , overall I would not recommend . best just to buy a couple of tracks individually .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis for any Regina fan! 6 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Okay, so - some of the tracks ended up on later albums, however - any self respecting Regina fan needs to have this CD in their collection...

Stop reading, and buy it - NOW!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars What's This? 18 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After hearing the studio version of Spektors 'Samson', i fell in love with her and thought i must buy some of her albums.
I am currently ploughing my way through this garbage, bearing as much as possible of each track before skipping onto next.
I have never disliked any album by anybody as much as this one. She deleriously spews utter crap passing for songs with the piano just about keeping her afloat. Is all this tripe coming off the top of her head? It certainly seems so. The worst thing about this experience is i forked out fifteen bloody quid for the displeasure and there are more on the way. I need my head testing - Enjoy !!
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature, yet so Innocent 4 Jan 2007
By VC - Published on Amazon.com
This is the one of the most beautiful albums. So much imagery flows through one's mind as one pictures Regina alone with her piano delivering every note, every word.. it's so gorgeous. And humorous. And smooth yet quirky and intelligent yet child-like. All done in one take, without any commercial compromises.

1. Samson - I prefer this version over the redone one in Begin to Hope. It a bit slower, a little more honest, passionate and melodic.

2. Oedipus - Based on a historical character (like Samsom) starts off melodic and speeds up around the chorus then slows and ups once again. The tempo and style changes constantly.

3. Prisoners - Has a wonderful ending, vocal surprises, and that cleverly played piano. Quite edgy.

4. Reading Time With Pickle - Breathtakingly quirky. Haunting. Powerful vocals.

5 Consequence of Sounds - I love the simple instrumentation and her voice demands your attention. The vocal delivery carries this song all the way to the top. It's very hip-hop, very lyrically smart. This song has such an invigorating style.

6. Daniel Cowman - Very eccentric. Done in a narrative manner, her vocal and music style changes constantly. It's remarkable, unlike any other song.

7. Bon Idee - Beautiful song, I love the truth in the lyrics.

8. Aching to Pupate - The most refreshing and charming song I've heard in ages. It's all acapella.

9. Lounge - Jazzier than the rest. Her car impression is awesome. Broo-Broo-Brooommm!

10. Lacrimosa - Edgy. Has a jaunty, jumpy piano and sounds somewhat classical. Very original.

11. Lulliby - Dark and gorgeous. My least favorite, but it's indeed beautiful. Very intimate.

12. Ne Me Quitter Pas - Fun and entertaining. Cheery even, the perfect ending to a wonderfully executed album.

I did not rate the tracks as they're all so different beyond categorization, it felt unfair somehow. Each song is it's own genre and they hold your attention, either by Regina's voice or the only featured instrument - the piano. Magical album. Artsy. Catchy.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her songs 25 Jun 2007
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Though you would never know it, Regina Spektor's recent hit album was actually her fourth, not her second.

One of those two "lost" albums was "Songs," an appropriate name for a collection of raw, beautifully simple little antifolk songs. The singer-songwriter spins out her little tunes around quirky vocals and exquisitely elusive, exuberant songwriting -- a truly astounding little album.

"You are my sweetest downfall/I loved you first, I loved you first/Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth..." The first song opens with a gentle piano melody, as Spektor sings of a deep, simple love that no one remembers ("And history books forgot about us and the Bible didnt mention us"), but which is no less striking for its anonymity.

Well, enough love. Then it's off into the taut bizarrity of "Oedipus," about a young prince trying to make himself stand out. And the songs that follow are no less unique: rambling a capella, dark piano songs about wintry flowers, trippling piano pop with staccato vocals, and gentle ballads about death row prisoners.

It ends with "Ne Me Quitte Pas," a quirky pop ode to various cities and districts, including New York ("And if you are the ghost of New York City/then won't you stick around"), Paris ("I love Paris in the rain...") and Paris. Where the first song looked back fondly on a love affair, the last song frolicks in the present.

Well, it really says something about Regina Spektor that she can write a song about pickle love... and it not only works, but it's charming and cute. "Songs" is full of such songs -- songs about ordinary things, but they're seen through a lens that reveals the beauty, sorrow and weirdness of them.

The only real instrument here is Spektor's trusty piano, which would sound kind of bare bones for most singers. But she can make it do whatever she likes -- it trips, hiccups, ripples in waves, growls, and clumps in little dense pockets. "Samson" is the closest to a "normal" melody: a gentle, full-bodied melody that unfolds smoothly, but still hiccups occasionally.

Spektor's quirky, high voice is as versatile as her piano -- she croons, trills, soars, rambles, groans, and goes "brrrrrrrrr!". Her lyrics are elusive and hard to decipher at times, drawing as much from Greek mythology as from NYC life -- in one song she's meditating that "love is the answer to a question that I/have forgotten," and the next she's fantasizing about how, "I will open up my trenchcoat/they will see the butterflies/dangling like fake rolexes."

"Songs" is exactly what it says it is -- songs. But Regina Spektor fills these simple little tunes with quirky stylings and brilliant lyrics. A treasure.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best 20 Mar 2008
By palewill - Published on Amazon.com
After buying Soviet Kitsch a couple years ago I became very interested in hearing more of her work. I eventually found this album and another previous one called 11:11. I currently own all four of her albums and this is by far the best one. It's quirky, beautiful, and fun. It is one of those rare albums where I can listen to the entire CD. There are songs that are not quite as good as others but I never feel the need to skip any of them.

This album is also just her and her piano unlike the latest drum beat riddled Fidelity. Don't get me wrong, Fidelity is a decent album but I think it is missing the uniqueness found on previous albums like this one.

Since Songs is becoming a difficult album to find I would get it while you can.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans 7 Oct 2009
By another James - Published on Amazon.com
As a previous reviewer noted (albeit nastily), this album doesn't work well for those who are not into Regina's music: one person's nuance and allusion is another person's pretension.

"Sparse" is probably the best word to characterize the songs on "Songs", as I think none of them has any more than her voice and piano. The post-production is pretty much non-existent, and there are some songs where the emotion trumped perfection in the recording.

Altogether though, I really like this album. I would view it as more of a way of completing your Regina Spektor collection rather than starting in on it.

(PS: there are places around the 'Net where this album can be found new. Think of the fact that Regina was Indie before Soviet Kitsch; where would an indie artist sell her CDs?)
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd 16 Jan 2007
By Instigator - Published on Amazon.com
What an awesome cd to have if you are a Regina fan,I cannot figure out why she would not want this gem out in the first place.Glad someone convinced her to put it out for the fans
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