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  • Audio CD (June 23 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B00204AA0O
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Calculation
2. Eet
3. Blue Lips
4. Folding Chair
5. Machine
6. Laughing With
7. Human of the Year
8. Two Birds
9. Dance Anthem of the 80's
10. Genius Next Door
11. Wallet
12. One More Time with Feeling
13. Man of a Thousand Faces

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Far continues to reveal new layers in Spektor's songwriting as she pursues the next level in her inimitable musical style. With her uninhibited imagination and her hands-on approach in the studio, Far not only succeeds with 13 impressive and accessible tr

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 24 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have to hand it to Regina Spektor -- she actually has managed to refine and further her unique anti-folk/pop sound, but also keep the unique qualities of her older style. Her third studio album "Far" is all about this -- lots of multifaceted, fluid expanses of piano, weird little songs about computers made of macaroni, and a quirky little voice. It's a more polished piece of work, but still has the twists and edges to keep it interesting.

"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.
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By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 8 2010
Format: Audio CD
« Far », the third major-label album from Regina Spektor, is probably the most underrated album of 2009. It's an amazing and spirited collection of songs that certainly proves that although comparisons to Tori Amos are understandable (both are original piano-based female songwriters), they are a bit lazy: Regina is definitely in a league of her own. Her voice is beautiful and expressive, her lyrics are thought-provoking and her piano-playing is excellent; however, the strength of her compositions is the most striking thing on this album. Originality and sensitivity seem to be her main card, as demonstrated by most of the songs pieced together here; her lyrics are brimming with pensive, thoughtful lyrics that range from religion ("Laughing with") to peeking at someone's life through a found wallet ("Wallet"). And when she does tackle the more common topic of romantic relationships, she certainly does it in a way that hasn't been heard before ("The Calculation"). Best of all, her melodies are strong and memorable; "Genius next door" is simply breath-taking, while "Eet" is probably the most intoxicating melody I've heard in ages. Not surprisingly, these two songs are the album's true highlights; however, there are many more, such as the pensive "Laughing with" and "Blue lips", the catchy "The Calculation" and the uplifting "Folding chair". In fact, the only minor letdown of the album is its very minimal packaging; when you write lyrics as good as these, they certainly deserve to be printed. "Far" may not be her most experimental work (although she gets in that zone with the evocative "Machine"), but it's certainly a convincing demonstration of how talented Regina Spektor is. It represents a wonderful introduction to her music for anybody who's not familiar with her, all the while offering her fans something wonderful to feed their ears with.
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Format: Audio CD
I haven't even finished listening to the album which is currently being streamed through MySpace but I must pre-order "far" immediately! Regina never loses her originality, and this collection of songs is ridiculously listenable and worthy of looping in the background of my days. If you are already a fan, this will not disappoint. If you are curious, this is a great introduction to the free spirit that is Regina!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18e9648) out of 5 stars Less vocal quirk, more studio work -- But still great June 23 2009
By R. W. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those who've gotten to know Regina's music over the past few years, "Far" will not disappoint. Some songs offer thoughtful lyrics; others, a catchy chorus with trademark Regina vocals. It's true, this album definitely has a clean-cut studio sound, which is a sharp contrast to "Soviet Kitsch." But the music at its core is just as remarkable.

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.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18e969c) out of 5 stars An excellent album Aug. 8 2009
By Efrat Pauker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I read many reviews before actually listening to the album, which got me to think it's going to be a completely commercialized and soul-less piece. But after listening to it probably 20 times over the past 2 days (I just can't stop listening to it) I think it's an excellent album, complete with creative and insightful lyrics, beautiful vocals and melodies. It might be less raw than her previous work (which she had single handedly produced) but that's just natural. People often expect artists to produce the same product they love over and over and get disappointed when they move on. Only thing is, the artists that do survive trend changes actually flow with them (e.g., Joni Mitchell, Madonna among others).
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18e9ad4) out of 5 stars Where Has This Woman Been?! July 29 2009
By Stephen D. Arzberger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even though I'm perhaps a bit older than Regina's main audience (I'm 58), I stumbled across this CD after reading an article about it and thinking at the time that this sounded like something I'd enjoy. Well, I was right! This is a terrific CD from someone I had never really heard of before and one of the best I've heard in a long, long time. I can certainly see some Grammy nominations coming her way! A modern classic!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18e9e94) out of 5 stars GOD CAN BE FUNNY! Oct. 16 2009
By wally gator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
Ok. I like Regina Spektor. I said it. I decided to diversify up my collection a little bit, and had heard this chicky on the radio once or twice and figured she was alright...wanted some smooth subtle music for my turntable, to play when entertaining company and whatnot... The album however is infectious, and I am a little bit suprised how easy it is to get into on a whole.

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...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18e9e40) out of 5 stars Simply Addicting Aug. 11 2009
By bklos90 - Published on Amazon.com
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Spektor's voice is pure, honest, and refreshing. With crystal-clear ease, her melody twists around playfully in tantalizing patterns. Every song is fun and unique, but meaningful at the same time. There's so much to chew on here; you can listen to it again and again without getting bored. From the serene "Blue Lips" and "Human of the Year" to the upbeat "Machine" and "Dance Anthem of the '80s," the songs cover a wide array of attitudes and emotions. Nonetheless, they flow seamlessly into one long stream of pure music. The lyrics are unique, and the vignettes Spektor depicts are priceless. If you're looking for a female vocalist to sing her heart out on top of gorgeous keyboard harmonies into a relaxing night, this might be the album you're looking for.