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Soviet Kitsch [Us Import] [Import]

Regina Spektor Audio CD
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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 (14 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B0002XEDXU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ode To Divorce
2. Poor Little Rich Boy
3. Carbon Monoxide
4. The Flowers
5. Us
6. Sailor Song
7. ***
8. Your Honor
9. Ghost Of Corporate Future
10. Chemo Limo
11. Somedays

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good album - strange and original talent 30 Jun 2006
By Jane
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after being bowled over by the single 'Us'. At first I thought it was a bit of a let-down as the other tracks (apart from one) are much quieter and don't have the same 'wow' factor. But listening to it more I became quite addicted to it. She has a wonderful voice and the songs go off in unexpected directions. Also lots of lovely piano.

You couldn't really say she is like anyone else (which is a good thing) but to me she has elements of Bjork and Joni Mitchell - strange combination. My favourite tracks are - 'ode to divorce' ,'flowers', 'us' and 'somedays'.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Genius 15 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you like your vocals fresh and alluring, your lyrics unusual and slightly twisted and your singers the splitting image of Snow White then Regina Spektor is for you. She’s thrilled us before with 11:11 and Songs and her latest album of original material is no let down. It tells tales of life and romance and looks at things from every angle. Never missing a beat and never too predictable this album is the perfect soundtrack for anyone who’s tired of all things mainstream hasn’t forgot the meaning of “unique”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air 11 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have heard most of the songs on this CD (tho not yet released here in UK) and I want to urge people to discover Ms Spektor for themselves. Completely fresh, original, kooky, haunting, funny. How to describe her? Hm. Mix a bit of Bjork, plenty of Berlin-Paris chanson, sprinkle with Eels faux-naif piano songs, lightly slice some Tom Waitts, chuck in a dollop of Kim Deal attitude - and ensure there is not a drop of Alanis Morisette.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must find the first two 23 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've had this cd for a few months now, and had just assumed this was her debut album. It's fantastic, but I'm not sure about the Bjork comparisons, I'd say she sounds like PJ Harvey would if you forced her to use a piano. Carbon Monoxide is the best track here, it's an incredible song. If you like this and want to try something similar, perhaps a bit lighter and jazzier, I'd recommend Hanne Hukkelberg's 'Little Things', another recent album that's unlikely to get the recognition it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing 11 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Whilst her quirky, observational lyrics and generally fun attitude to her songs already set her apart from 99% of chart music today, the icing on the cake as far as Regina Spektor is concerned is that, underneath all this, the girl has talent by the bucketload! Consequently, Soviet Kitsch, itself an incredibly funky title for an album, can be enjoyed on so many levels.
As she has shown before on 11:11, and more recently Begin To Hope, Regina can sing at almost operatic levels before dropping right down the scale seemingly effortlessly. This might sound a bit too much like a classical or jazz singer, but because of the individualism and style clearly portrayed here, it makes the album far more accessible than that.
I think however that this is my favourite of Regina's albums simply because it has that individual, low-budget feel (there is barely any music at all on some tracks), meaning her voice and meaning behind the lyrics are clear, but doesn't sound too commericialised, as in my opinion Begin To Hope is in danger of doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's contagious 10 Nov 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen. And even among the good ones, it takes something special to stand out.

And Regina Spektor stands far above your typical singer/musician, with her quirky antifolk and her eccentric songwriting. In her third album, "Soviet Kitsch," Spektor does it all her own way, as if there had never been music before, and she's just inventing her own styles.

Unlike a lot of albums, it doesn't start off with the catchiest song. Instead, it's the melancholy violin and piano of "Ode to Divorce," with Spektor singing meditatively, "So break me to small parts/Let go in small doses/But spare some for spare parts/You might make a dollar..." She sounds like the indie cousin of Fiona Apple in such songs, as well as in the cancer-themed "Chemo Limo."

But it doesn't stay bittersweet all the time. She dabbles in punk rock in the colourful "Your Honour," commiserates with a literate "poor little rich boy" who doesn't love his mom or his girlfriend, and finishes with a quiet little song about love, loneliness and sorrow. The highlight of it all is "Us," a fast-paced, rippling piano tune that is just catchy enough to catch your notice, but not enough to be annoying or poppy.

Listening to Regina Spektor is a bit like listening to a kaleidoscope -- every time you hear her, her music sounds a little different. That's not something that can be said of many artists, and it only underscores the oddball, quirky sound. You definitely won't be able to forget this, once you've got "Us" stuck in your head.

Spektor is often compared to Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, for her use of piano and some violins. Honestly, she sounds too weird to be either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully quirky 27 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
There's not much I can say that other reviews haven't already mentioned, but I'd just like to add my praise for this wonderful album. After being bowled over by 'Us' which a friend played for me, I decided to buy Soviet Kitsch. On first listen I liked it but didn't quite 'get' it. However, after several more listens it suddenly dawned on me the genius of it. Regina Spektor combines incredible musical talent with an unusual voice and quirky lyrics into a near-perfect creation.

The album opens with 'Ode to Divorce'- exemplary of her unusual choices of subject- an earnest and emotional reflection on separation and loneliness. The dreamy piano and heart-beat sound effects quickly give way to the sharp rhythm-tapping, almost satirical 'Poor Little Rich Boy'. Bright melodies with dark lyrics continue into 'Carbon Monoxide', and turn flowing and minor in the stunning Russian-inspired 'Flowers'.

The hit single 'Us' marks the half-way point of this album but by no means does this soaring, uplifting masterpiece climax or overshadow what comes after- no, then we get the joyful outbursts of 'Sailor Song', and the mischievious intro to and punk-rock style of 'Your Honour'.

Just when you think this album couldn't get more eclectic, Spektor drops in a delightfully strange little song 'Ghost of Corporate Future', which although seemingly frivolous actually makes a very poignant social statement on modern society.

I was moved to tears by the beautifully observed 'Chemo Limo'- without a doubt one of the standout moments of the album. It follows the story of a (single?) mother living with cancer, but Spektor refuses to make even this melancholy subject devastating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good
very original the least I can say, interesting to listen to her other albums and notice how mature shes got, musically I meant
Published 1 month ago by monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent album! I have always loved Regina Spektor and this is one of my favourite albums of hers because it showcases her creativity and originality!
Published 14 months ago by Joanna Cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Regina Spektor
This was the first CD of Reginas that I bought after hearing her on the radio. Since then have purchased more of her work
Published 17 months ago by Martin Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars A real 'grower'!
Soviet Kitch is a real grower. In other words I was a little unsure about it on the first listen but liked it more and more each time. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by K. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Regina
The first album I ever got by Regina Spektor was Begin to Hope, which was lovely and quirky. Then Far came out and it was more mainstream but still amazing and unique. Read more
Published on 8 April 2010 by Amy Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album by a brilliant singer
Regina Spector is not for everyone, But I think she is amazing. If you like any of her songs buy all of her albums, they are not all the same but they are all amazing. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2009 by Mr. Graham Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Refuses to be pigeonholed
I'd heard her name mentioned on the radio, but not heard any of her songs. Looking through all the other reviews of this CD I decided to give it try. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on 8 July 2009 by Mr. B. S. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Regina Spektor; The original, before Kate Nash...
When I bought this CD i had already heard Samson, Us, Better and various others, and like many people i thought she had a similar and of course more original style as Kate Nash;... Read more
Published on 5 July 2008 by Lucy Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely
Upon my first listen, I found this album musically simplistic and somewhat plain, but as I listened to it again and again, I realised that this trait was, in fact, one of Spektor's... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2007 by Cath
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Little Rich Girl
Okay, this album is brilliant. Sensational. Phenomanal. Whatever you would like to call it. Regina Spektor does it again with her quirky, pleasant tunes which are so much more. Read more
Published on 9 July 2007 by Dramatica Leigh
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