Live In London [VINYL] Explicit Lyrics, Live
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Live in London is the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor. Captured mainly at London’s famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, it features 23 remarkable performances that span Spektor’s brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs.
Fans can see Regina up close as she performs fan favorites like 'Us', 'Fidelity', 'Samson' and 'Eet', along with backstage footage, inside peaks at sound check and more. Live in London is a captivating 64-minute concert film directed by Adria Petty.
An artist praised for her remarkable originality, inspired storytelling and enthralling performances, Rolling Stone raves Spektor “put on one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we’ve seen all year.” The Philadelphia Inquirer adds, “Everything she did was greeted with thunderous applause … the audience could not get enough. Perhaps what was most remarkable about Regina’s performance, aside from hearing Spektor’s gorgeous vocals in person, was her ability to enrapture the crowd … Spektor’s passion, vitality and sheer musical talent transformed the Electric Factory into a world of intimacy.” The Boston Globe simply says, “multitalented Spektor is capable of anything and it shows on stage”
Live in London is dedicated to Regina’s cellist and band leader Daniel Cho, who tragically passed away this summer.
Having been at the very gig here carved into posterity, it’s the between-song applause – rapturous, overwhelming and drenched with genuine affection for this charmingly gangly Moscow-via-NYC kookstrel – that jars. Because the abiding memory of this Regina Spektor gig is 90 minutes of tense but reverent hush as the Hammersmith Apollo holds its heart in its hands and whispers breathlessly along for fear of drowning out a single hammered piano chord, sweep of strings or percussive mike-kiss. Those deafening cheers are half appreciation, half relief at not having missed an iota of Spektor’s swirling romantic reveries or tragic-comic character tales.
A CD/DVD package, the audio here offers proof of Regina’s rise through the quirkstress ranks, outstripping Tori Amos and brushing at the underside of Kate Bush. That she can ram an hour and a half with faultless piano balladry full of wit, charm and inventive imagery – while not even touching such classics as Summer in the City, Better or Poor Little Rich Boy – is testament to one of the broadest and best canons in 21st century singer-songwriting. When she’s not artfully deploying Biblical relationship metaphors on Samson, she’s teasing emotive depths out of a story about finding a stranger’s wallet in Wallet, likening a love affair to an eroding statue in the euphoric Us or taking a rare trip to her guitar stand to play Bobbing for Apples, a playful calypso about one of Kings of Leon having sex to a Regina song in the hotel room next door. For a woman with only a piano, a guitar, a string section and her own vocal clicks and chirrups at her disposal, she creates a remarkably varied and colourful world.
It’s those tics, trills and toothy grins that make the DVD the more essential part of the release, though. Spektor is a sweet and spellbinding performer and it’s the onstage eccentricities that make her so riveting to watch. To see Apres Moi peppered with "ugh"s, larksong and verses in Russian, her mike-tapping percussion on Eet or her awkward acceptance of Hammersmith’s balcony-quaking applause is to feel your widescreen warp with Spektor’s talent and warmth. And with each song intercut with rehearsal footage and tour bus tales of lost luggage and tourist stop-offs, it’s drenched in the character that’s threatening to make Spektor fem-folk’s cuddliest icon.
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AS you might know this recording as a special thanks to Daniel Cho, her cellist, it is a great way to say goodbye and thank for his dedication...
The included musics are a very good selection, including a must Samson and many of the new musics ;)
The price is amazing because it includes the Blu Ray :D, just bought another to offer to the friend that acquainted me to Regina
The DVD also gives a good sense of the atmosphere of the show, and its close focus on Regina herself leaves you in no doubt about her abilities as a performer, her rapport with the audience, and her charming lack of ego. In other respects, though, the video is pretty amateurish - very fashionable in music videos, but nevertheless showing no great skill. A few specifics - you only see the other musicians in wide shots or in the background of close-ups of Regina, the shots of the audience are random and fleeting, and the backstage/travel/soundcheck fillers are jolly, but largely predictable. It is also mostly slave to the very common idea that shots should not be held for longer than 2 seconds - which I find irritating and, ultimately, tiring. That said, one of the shots of Regina, with the string players in the background, which is used quite often, is a truly beautiful composition!
But don't let my criticisms of the DVD put you off. Think of it as just an added extra to the CD, to the music, which is a real treat. If you have any interest at all in Regina Spektor, buy this! You won't regret it.
It was a natural progression to pick up the live album and see if the exquisite Regina translates from studio to the stage. In short...she does! I now look forward to catching her in the flesh sometime in the near future....
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