Just Regina and the piano. Wonderful voice shines through but some of the songs are weaker than those on her studio albums. Despite this, a very interesting and enjoyable record that illustrates her development as an artist.
Ignore the other review slandering this album - it is one of the greatest albums I have ever heard and Regina Spektor is the only musician I know who doesn't have one weak song. The lyrics are very well written and interesting and the feel of the songs vary across the album, making it unable to bore you. I think the other reviewer must have heard Samson from BTH and went into Regina's discography looking for similar love or heartbreak songs, but her music is very varied and her song writing tells stories and engages the listener with interesting and sometimes strange imagery and characters. Anyone who knows anything about writing lyrics can see that she is incredible at it. This is coupled with her more than impressive vocal range, piano skill and ability to seemingly endlessly come up with great melodies, which if you pursue her music further is shown across all albums, demos and unreleased songs.
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 !!