Her newest album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, recently came out.
Songs To Look For: Oh Marcello, Firewood, All The Rowboats, Ballad of a Politician, Open, and Call Them Brothers
There wasn't a single flawed song on the entire album. I will say, for true fans, the first few songs may have seemed a bit predictable, because I felt like I'd heard them before. But they grew on me. Her lyrics were still beautiful and sensitive, but I wasn't feeling the shock that I usually get when I listen to her truly inventive pieces. There weren't any stand-out pieces. But then one song caught my attention: "All The Rowboats".
It pushed all my buttons in the right way. It started out with a heavy beat (some kind of drum?), completely electrifying. Then Regina came in with her amazing lyrics ("When no one's looking I fetch a sculpture, Marble, gold, and soft as satin"). When she got to the chorus, I could have cried. I'm a sucker for dissonance and weird chords, which Regina delivered both at once.
Regina couldn't be stuck in a rut, nope. She came out with some folky, soothing tunes that get stuck in your head. In "Call Them Brothers", Regina begins by crooning a folksy tune with a Only Son, whose voice is pretty darn nice. "Call Them Brothers" and "Jessica" (both using acoustic guitar) both proved that Regina isn't just an innovative Russian, but she can still try new things.
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is probably a good introduction to Regina Spektor, it being the easiest to enjoy by any age, but if you want something a little more adventurous, Soviet Kitsch would probably be the way to go.
All The Rowboats
Call Them Brothers
Us (from a different album)