FROM: MOSCOW/NEW YORK
SOUND: INDIE FOLK/POP
Out today, the album was entirely written by Spektor and recorded in Los Angeles. As with her past albums, she draws on her training as a classical pianist - the elegance of the song 'Firewood' relies solely on this talent - though several tracks featuring (quite heavily) a number of electronic instruments atop of her gentle keys - and of course, there's love and loss galore.
Each of the songs on this album truly stands apart from the others - with the violent pulsation of electronic drums in 'All The Rowboats' (the new video for the song can be found on this page) to the lighthearted and frivolous 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' (not to be mistaken for the Nina Simone song of the same name), there is a distinctive difference in each offering - so much so, that one track following the other can occasionally come off as quite brash.
Yet one track soars above the others on this album: 'How'. An ardent 80s-inspired ballad, the song describes the end of a relationship with what you could describe as a soulmate - "How can I forget you love / how can I never see you again?", she laments. It's a tearful tune full of sorrow for anyone who has lost someone they loved prematurely. This is when Spektor is at her best - when she keeps things simple and beautiful.
One track soars above the others on this album: 'How'.
However, 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats' doesn't come close to 'Begin To Hope' or 'Far' - after all, that's a lot to compete with. What this album does is offer several memorable songs that add to Regina Spektor's already impressive repertoire. Inevitably, it's more than enough to keep fans like myself satisfied for the time being.
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