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Begin to Hope

Regina Spektor Audio CD
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The style known as "anti-folk," as realized by practitioners like Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg, is derived from a punk aesthetic, and thus tends to be spare and confrontational. But while Regina Spektor's music is anti-folk in the way it subverts the traditional coffeehouse vibe, it's less interested in rebellion and more concerned with the joy of eccentricity, melody and surprise. Begin To Hope is full of surprises, and like her promising major label debut Soviet Kitsch, it displays an easy facility with song structure that enables her to go in different--sometimes wildly off-the-wall--directions without sounding scattered. Classically trained on the piano, she's been compared to Tori Amos, but her music isn't as delicate or precious. Fiona Apple comes up as well, but just because neither fits in the usual female singer/songwriter cookie cutter mold doesn't mean they sound the same. Her voice is actually the primary attraction, cracking and loopy on would-be lullabies like "On The Radio" and "Field Below," then punchy and cute on "Hotel Room." But the music, if understated in the mix next to her vocals, makes an impression as well, breaking in with twisty piano arpeggios ("20 Years of Snow") and occasional touches of electronica. It's a consistently intelligent and daring record, yet remains enormously listenable--a neat trick for anti-folk, or any other genre of music for that matter. –Matthew Cooke

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(2-LP set) 2009 release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Sept. 12 2006
Format:Audio CD
This record is an amazing set of enchanting songwriting manifested into warm, pleasant pop music. And to top it off, her voice is one of the best I know. Every track is beautifully produced and sounds clean, crisp, and natural. The piano playing is stellar, and again, her voice is simply astounding. To me, this record deserves 5 stars. It drew me in immediately when I heard it for the first time, and still gives me goosebumps every time, even having heard it a couple dozen times now. Definitely pick this one up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Voice May 20 2008
By Peter Cantelon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Such a powerfully creative talent in Regina Spektor! This album contains some very memorable and imaginative songs.

Spektor's song writing abilities remind one of Leonard Cohen and her playful voice has similarities to Yael Naim. Despite these similarities Spektor is a talent unto her own, unique in style and content.

Songs on this album worth listening to on a regular basis include Samson, Fidelity, Apres Moi, Hotel Song and Summer in the City (although they are all good).

It is rare to find such a complete album in terms of quality and listenability. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive. Jan. 29 2008
Format:Audio CD
Russian-born Regina Spektor is a truly refreshing voice in the world of female singer-songwriterdom.
She's often been compared with Tori Amos, but really, her sound is entirely her own, mixing a wide variety of musical influences and flavors - everything from jazz and classical (she's a classically-trained pianist) to traditional Russian and Jewish music.
Her voice is distinctive and unique, as are her lyrics and songwriting: unconventional song structures and vocal techniques abound, making this CD both involving and rewarding.
Spektor might be something of an acquired taste for some, but believe me, it's a taste worth acquiring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully Feb. 25 2007
Format:Audio CD
In her previous three albums, Regina Spektor specialized in quirky anti-folk. Piano, odd melodies and poetic lyrics.

But Spektor tries a new sound in her long-awaited fourth album, "Begin to Hope." Instead of anti-folk, her music here is more polished and poppier... or perhaps it's anti-pop. Either way, while this album has its middling moments, most of the songs are still Regina Spektor at her best.

It kicks off with the oddball "Fidelity," a trilling little song with the piano edged in synth. Spektor doesn't fare quite as well in the second one, which sounds too generic for her talents -- guitar pop with only a dash of piano, and only a few of her vocal flourishes.

But then the album changes, as if Spektor feels she's done enough "typical" pop. Instead she switches to the soft-edged piano melody of "Samson" ("You are my sweetest downfall"), followed by a strong string of songs that stick to her strengths: piano anti-folk (or anti-pop), and songs that don't sound like anything "On the Radio."

Instead she leans on soft piano ballads, silky piano folk and jagged little rock songs. Songs like "Edit" and "20 Years of Snow" are pure Spektor, with the cascading piano melody and the quirky singing, while "That Time" is a strange, mocking little rocker about reading Shakespeare and burying bits of a cat's body. The finale is a quiet, meditative song about loneliness in the city, and missing the one you love. For anyone who misses a lover, this will be a heart-tugger.

And the special edition has a bonus EP, perhaps for fans who adore her quirkier side. There are the bittersweet piano ballads like "Another Town" ("my soul feels so old!"), the bittersweet "Baobabs" and "Dusseldorf.
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