Album review: Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

July 2, 2012
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Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap SeatsTitle: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
Artist: Regina Spektor
Label: Warner
Released: June 2012
In One Word: Uplifting

The last couple of weeks I’ve been immersed in my quest for a job. Not just any job – a decent job. Such a search will inevitably produce a plethora of feelings; sadness, frustration, elation, you name it – I’ve experienced it. It is with great relief that I came across Regina Spektor’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 “girl with a piano” artists –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 “pick me up.”

From the opening, “Small Town Moon” Regina gives us a hopeful song with lyrics like “today we’re younger than we’re ever gonna be” – clever – and “stop, stop what’s the hurry? Come on baby don’t you worry, worry; everybody’s not so nice, nice…”,  words that give me hope to persevere because sometimes rejection is caused by those “not so nice” types. Song number two “Oh Marcello” is so reminiscent of the old classic Italian–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 “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)”, “Firewood” “How” and “All the Rowboats”. All are performed with a theatrical flair that I wish I could experience live – 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…

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2 Responses to Album review: Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

  1. David on July 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This was inspirational. Love it

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