The last couple of weeks Iâ€™ve been immersed in my quest for a job. Not just any job â€“ a decent job. Such a search will inevitably produce a plethora of feelings; sadness, frustration, elation, you name it â€“ Iâ€™ve experienced it. It is with great relief that I came across Regina Spektorâ€™s latest album release, What we Saw from the Cheap Seats. This album has become a sort of balm if you will, for my soul. Regina Spektor is one of my favourite â€śgirl with a pianoâ€ť artists â€“her always dramatic, sometimes folksy, pop-infused songs make it hard to pin her down to one style. Great music to listen to when you need a â€śpick me up.â€ť
From the opening, â€śSmall Town Moonâ€ť Regina gives us a hopeful song with lyrics like â€śtoday weâ€™re younger than weâ€™re ever gonna beâ€ť â€“ clever – and â€śstop, stop whatâ€™s the hurry? Come on baby donâ€™t you worry, worry; everybodyâ€™s not so nice, nice…â€ť,Â words that give me hope to persevere because sometimes rejection is caused by those â€śnot so niceâ€ť types. Song number two â€śOh Marcelloâ€ť is so reminiscent of the old classic Italianâ€“inspired songs performed by Rosemary Clooney (see Mambo Italiano); light and lots of fun. The rest of the album is infused with a mix of ballads and pop with a few more stand outs â€śDonâ€™t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)â€ť, â€śFirewoodâ€ť â€śHowâ€ť and â€śAll the Rowboatsâ€ť. All are performed with a theatrical flair that I wish I could experience live â€“ which I believe, would enhance an already extraordinary album. But alas, Ms. Spektor has bypassed my hometown, Toronto, so far during her current tour. Definitely one of my top picks for 2012. Music to soothe the soul…
Â© Dee Dee Duric, Music Vice
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