New Music Spotlight: Regina Spektor “Far”
What Seinfeld has to do with the best new album by the best old favorite.
By Maria Popova
We’ve been enamored with semi-indie darling Regina Spektor for years. (Seeing her live at TED 2009 didn’t hurt, either.) And part of her fascination lies in the ability to reinvent herself beautifully, without losing the core of her brilliance — charmed vocals, superb piano and incredible lyrical sensibility. That’s exactly what’s happening in her new album, Far, out today.
The entire album is an absolute gem, but our favorite track has to be The Calculation — delightfully upbeat and somehow Seinfeld-like in its ability to be about nothing particularly grand while capturing the great human truths.
And in case you sit there wondering how an album could possibly be this ridiculously good, it may have something to do with the fact that Jeff Lynne — named the fourth greatest producer in music history — is behind it. Well, that and Regina Spektor’s indisputable genius.
Another highlight comes from Laughing With, a piece of open-to-interpretation commentary on the hypocrisies of our belief systems.
Snag Far today and ponder existential truth to the best soundtrack there is.
Published June 23, 2009