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"We sat there looking at the faces/Of these stranges in the pages/'Til we knew 'em mathematically," Spektor says over a powerful, bouncing piano melody. She sings of creating pasta computers that "counted up our feelings/And divided them up even/And it called that calculation perfect love" and cutting out their own little pebble-hearts that they "struck 'em so hard/So hard/Until they sparked."
Well, it's nice to see that she isn't writing your average MTV goopy love-ballad about kissing.
It's followed up by a wistful little ballad with a title like a hiccup ("Eeeee-eeeeee-eeeeet!") , a horn-and-synth-riddled pop melody that bounces and swirls alternately, a stompy piano-rockers, mellow slower songs, soaring ballads about the ultimate prize ("Human, human of the year, you are"), a dance song or two, sprightly sunny pop melodies, a pair of rambling anti-folky songs.
It's nice to see that greater exposure hasn't taken away the weird from Regina Spektor's work. Rather than your usual silly love songs and personal laments, she tackles the loss of familiar things, God's sense of humor, a society full of chipper automatons ("They started out beneath the knowledge tree/Then they chopped it down to make white picket fences") and a 1984-esque story about being "hooked into machine.Read more ›
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The special edition of this album comes with two bonus tracks: "Time Is All Around" is an upbeat track with some not-so-upbeat lyrics, and "The Sword & The Pen" is a somber song that seems to conjure up classical Russian composition. One note of interest is that ten minutes of silence has been tagged on to the end of "Man of a Thousand Faces" before the start of the bonus tracks. I suppose the idea was to keep the bonuses as a separate entity. However, if you rip this album to your computer to transfer to an mp3 player, you may want to trim that time off.
This edition also comes with a DVD featuring music videos for "Laughing With," "Eet," "Dance Anthem of the 80's" and "Man of a Thousand Faces." I'm not a huge fan of music videos in general, but these are worth a few viewings.
It's worth noting that this edition comes with full lyrics for all songs, including the bonuses. I believe the regular print DOES NOT. So if you like knowing all the words, this would be the edition to get.
From what I've read this is her most pop heavy production yet (there must be at least five songs here currently on the radio...) While some reviews are shunning on the production, declaring it robs the feeling of her raw past records... I can't agree. The production here is extremely well done, giving a strong punch to the tone and attitiude that comes from her songs. ...Sure I may have to look later for the raw grit that is promised in her Soviet Kitsch album... but just to get a sense of style, I'm digging fine on this one.
The music is expressive and catchy, and she crafts a poem in every song. Not poems for poetry lovers... I'm not a poetry lover. I like words that pop in the brain like firecrackers. There is an ironic sadness that often times puts you on the spot.And yet somehow the whole album remains joyful, but never sappy or contrived. Its Good stuff... it's good to see that this one crawled out from the raw side of the music biz, and has infiltrated the pop side. I hope to see more good things...