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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 (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who appreciates good songwriting will find much
to enjoy in Ms Spektor's splendid new album 'Far'.

The thirteen tracks in this collection build admirably
on the foundations of her past work ( I retain enormous
affection for her 2006 release 'Begin To Hope' ).

Despite creative input from four different producers the
recording and general ambience is remarkably coherent.
( Even Mr Lynne manages to keep his tendency towards
excess in check ).

The relatively simple instrumental format lets the songs
speak for themselves. Unpredictable in construction and
delightfully quirky in delivery.

Ms Spektor has a charming voice. Fragile, tentative at times
( in a beguiling way ) and entirely suited to her material.
Comparisons will doubtless follow from
those more knowledgable than myself.
I am more entranced by what makes her different to other
performers than by what might make her, in some ways, similar.

There are many treasures to be found here.
Notably the enigmatic and strangely moving 'Eet'.
A strong, simple and affecting melody and powerful chorus
driven along by echoing piano and solid four-square percussion.
(The emphasis on all those little "t"s made me smile).

'Laughing With' is another musical and lyrical highlight.
An argument neither for nor against god in spiritually starved times.

'Dance Anthem Of The 80's' is bonkers in the nicest possible way.
I tried to dance along but got my paws crossed and embarrassed
myself in front of Mrs Wolf and The Cubs.
An Old Wolf should know better !

'Wallet' captures a strangely random event with extraordinary pathos.
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