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This review is from: Begin To Hope (Audio CD)
While owning Soviet Kitsch and Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers, i was happy to hear Regina releasing her fourth real studio album (Mary Ann...is a compilation). 'Begin To Hope' is just one of those albums you can't help to love it it's so unique.
1.Fidelity - One of the best songs shes ever recorded most people love the upbeat,jumpy piano loop she sings about her trying to protect herself from heartbreak by absorbing herself in music, but she falls in love and has her heart broken anyway.I think in the second verse, in addition to wanting to protect herself from heartbreak, she finds herself also regretting her decision to let him in and she contemplates if it had been better to live within the imagination of the songs rather than the real life experiences she had with the guy. Such a good song with loads of character the video was excellent and she looke fantastic.It's a shame the single didn't do better but the album is a real slowburner and has sold 1.2 Million copies worldwide so far. 10/10
2.Better - A much more rockier song than the last she sings about, life just correcting the mistakes, instead of making a positive contribution, you risk nothing happening at all. In a pile of everything, if you don't stand out, you'll be picked over. The guitar and the drums towards the end are fantastic you can't help but to tap your foot to it. 10/10
3.Samson - This song is on 'Mary Ann..' too but this is a reworking from her album 'Songs'. A very sweet song and possibly her most beloved songs. I think this song really is about Regina finding a man who was willing to be weak and open to her. After all, Samson knew all his strength came from his hair. The image of him loving a woman so much that he let her cut his hair is powerful because he would be so vulnerable a very sweet song i prefer this version opposed the one on 'Songs'. 10/10
4.On The Radio - A fantastic, sweet quirky song I think it's talking about how you have to be able to love yourself before you can love anyone and anyone can love you. You need to be able to value things about yourself in order for other people to do the same. I just love this one alot the video was so sweet i think this is the second single. 10/10
5.Field Below - The song is much more darker than the rest and another one of my favourites. Absolutely love this song. Beautiful chord progression.
My take on this song is that the city is a cold and lonely place and she's wishing she could be back in a simpler place. She misses her love and wants to look down out of her window and see him. It's hard to get out of bed in the morning and face a world with such darkness and pain. Now i said to myself that i wouldn't compare her to anyone else but this song just reminds me of Fiona Apple's album 'Tidal' one of the best songs on the album. 10/10
6.Hotel Song - So cute! even though the subject matter isn't so cute it is written from the perspective of a hooker, and it sounds like she fell for one of his customers, but she knows that that's unrealistic and she's scared that they can never have a relationship. It's a pretty good song i like it alot everytime i listen to it i find something i never noticed before great song! 10/10
7.Apres Moi - I wasnt too keen on this one i felt it goes on for too long. This was written from the perspective of a statue. I think it's about King Louis XV. He was the one who famously said "Apres moi le deluge" which means "after me come the floods." He was hated by the French people and his reign seeded the resentment towards the monarchy that eventually led to the French Revolution (i did my research hehe) 7/10
8.20 Years Of Snow - I think that shes just talking about the image of a pure person. "20 years of clean" and the hole song she talks about not hating. the end of the song is fun it's where she kind of goes into the transition of adult hood and of course being a woman she will be approached by the disturbing men in a bar.Love it personally its pretty cool 9/10
9.That Time - One of my favourites a song where Regina is reminiscing with someone as alot of people do, the on-going guitar is fun with a hard edge to it. The end she shocks you with an overdose. Just to show how, in retorspect, the silly things we do can actualy be quiet detrimental. 10/10
10.Edit - Me and a friend had a conversation about this song (we usually pick apart songs, how geeky hehe). Alot of the album has an abunance of drug references, Basically, I think it is about writing, but Regina has incorporated these drug references also there is reference to The Beatles as i was informed by a friend (I've yet to explore The Beatles!) that the character Dr Robert was imfamous for supplying celebrities with drugs. Great song but you'll be surprised how very few words there are to this song which makes it even more magical! 10/10
11.Lady - This song is so beautifully sad, A tribute to the late and utterly amazing Billie Holiday, as soon as i heard the song i knew it was about her (she has an album called "Lady Sings The Blues"). Also, if you have listened to Billie Holiday before, you can tell that Regina tries to imitate Billie's voice on certain parts of the song, which comes off very flattering i love Ms. Holiday and i'm sure if she was alive today she would be proud of our Regina. 10/10
12.Summer In The City - I'm near positive this song is from a male's perspective. Now living in one of the most eccletic and sometimes beautiful cities in the world London, this song i can relate to, when the sun is shining everyone barely wears anything at all this song is about what a the guy in question experienced in the summer, the guy is so lonely that he goes to a protest to be physical but at the same time the lust factor can not register because he's so heartbroken because he misses the person he is with, great way to end the album 10/10
I predict that she is gonna be a bigger singer than she already is on the concert circuit, and shes also selling a good amount of CD's which is great shes a one of the best singer songwriters since Tori,Fiona and Joni. Buy the album and her back catalogue while your at it too, shes amazing!.