Far [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Regina Spektor worked with no less than four big-name producers on Far, all of them with very different backgrounds: David Kahne was her collaborator on 2006's Begin to Hope; Garret "Jacknife" Lee counts R.E.M. and U2 among his credits; Jeff Lynne's lavish sound is famous on ELO's albums; and Mike Elizondo has worked with Fiona Apple and Maroon 5. It's something of a surprise, then, that Far sounds so homogenized. On Soviet Kitsch and Begin to Hope, Spektor's wide-eyed moments were balanced with darker, knowing songs that kept her music grounded. Here, almost all of the rough or unpredictable edges have been smoothed away, and all that's left is Spektor's sweet, quirky ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Regina Spektor worked with no less than four big-name producers on Far, all of them with very different backgrounds: David Kahne was her collaborator on 2006's Begin to Hope; Garret "Jacknife" Lee counts R.E.M. and U2 among his credits; Jeff Lynne's lavish sound is famous on ELO's albums; and Mike Elizondo has worked with Fiona Apple and Maroon 5. It's something of a surprise, then, that Far sounds so homogenized. On Soviet Kitsch and Begin to Hope, Spektor's wide-eyed moments were balanced with darker, knowing songs that kept her music grounded. Here, almost all of the rough or unpredictable edges have been smoothed away, and all that's left is Spektor's sweet, quirky side. At times, Far gets close to being unbearably precious, whether it's putting Spektor's name in all lowercase letters in the liner notes, her dolphin on the otherwise charming "Folding Chair," or lyrics like "We made our own computer out of macaroni pieces" on the chirpy opener, "The Calculation." Even the album's darker tracks, such as the percussion-heavy "Machine," are surprisingly sugary compared to her previous work. However, Spektor's guileless voice and delivery allow her to get away with sounds and ideas that would be horribly cloying in the hands of almost any other artist. She manages to make a song with the chorus "Eet, eet, eet" catchy and affecting, and fashions an observant and witty story out of returning a wallet to Blockbuster Video. Still, Far's best moments occur when Spektor turns down the whimsy a few notches. It's probably not a coincidence that the Kahne-produced "Human of the Year" shares some of Begin to Hope's intimacy and ambition, but "Blue Lips" and "Man of a Thousand Faces" also let Spektor's more mature -- but not overly serious -- side shine. Likewise, "Two Birds" and "One More Time with Feeling" show that she hasn't lost her touch for deceptively pretty pop with clever lyrics. While Far is far from bad, it doesn't quite live up to expectations, either, based on all the talent involved in making it and how fully Spektor expressed herself on Begin to Hope. [The CD/DVD version of Far includes two bonus tracks, "Time Is All Around" and "The Sword & the Pen," that are at least the equal of the songs that made it on the regular version of Far, as well as videos for "Laughing With," "Dance Anthem of the 80's," and "Man of a Thousand Faces."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624975502
  • Catalog Number: 519748
  • Sales rank: 29,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Calculation (3:11)
  2. 2 Eet (3:52)
  3. 3 Blue Lips (3:34)
  4. 4 Folding Chair (3:35)
  5. 5 Machine (3:55)
  6. 6 Laughing With (3:17)
  7. 7 Human of the Year (4:07)
  8. 8 Two Birds (3:18)
  9. 9 Dance Anthem of the 80's (3:43)
  10. 10 Genius Next Door (5:06)
  11. 11 Wallet (2:28)
  12. 12 One More Time with Feeling (3:59)
  13. 13 Man of a Thousand Faces (13:09)
  14. 14 Time Is All Around (3:05)
  15. 15 The Sword & The Pen (3:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Laughing With
  2. 2 Dance Anthem of the 80's
  3. 3 Eet
  4. 4 Man of a Thousand Faces
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Spektor Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Jeff Lynne Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
David Price Percussion, Drums
Sonia Slany Violin, Viola
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Marc Mann Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Upright Bass
Oren Marshall Tuba
Reggie Watts Beat Box
Mckenzie Smith Drums
Jack Dishel Vocals
Jacknife Lee Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Katherine Jenkinson Cello
Yoed Nir Cello
Steve Jay Shaker
Technical Credits
David Byrne Contributor
Jeff Lynne Producer, Audio Production
Joe Mendelson Engineer
Joe Barresi Drum Engineering
David Kahne Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Drum Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Sam Bell Engineer
William Paden Hensley Digital Editing
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Marc Mann Engineer, Orchestra Production
Mike Elizondo Producer, Audio Production
Ron Shapiro Management
Beck Henderer-Pena Engineer
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Scott Howard Executive Producer
Tom McFall Engineer
Adria Petty Director, Art Direction
Regina Spektor Composer, Producer, Writer, String Arrangements
Johnny Gutierrez Special Effects
Jacknife Lee Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Ryan Gilligan Digital Editing
Bonnie Goldfarb Executive Producer
Shelli Jury Liner Note Producer
Brendan T. Sharkey Illustrations
Steve Jay Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Didn't think she could, but she did!

    After listening to her Begin to Hope album I didn't think anything else she did could be as good, but I was wrong. With Far she has continued the high level of songwriting and variety seen through her early career. Each song has it's own little sound-world to get lost in upon many revisits. since discovering her right before Begin to Hope, her abilities to entertain have just amazed me. She has taken the female piano songwriter torch from Tori Amos and made it her own.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Spektor is a FIND!

    I don't often purchase CD albums anymore because, all too often, they only have one or two good selections on them. After hearing Regina Spektor's performance of "Eet" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (online), I sought out some of her other works. I had never heard of her before this. Spektor's voice is very interesting, the arrangements are unusual, and the lyrics profound. Spektor's voice has a very clear and childlike quality. She invites listeners to listen closely to her very spunky and simultaneously soothing performances which are thought provoking about the everyday events in our lives. All lyrics are written inside the liner.

    I loved the music video DVD included in this album, featuring several of the songs on the album. The cinematography, like Spektor's creative genius musically, is amazing and colorful while using the latest in special effect film making. My spouse and I were especially enthralled with the optical illusions' sequencing on the music video DVD included in this album.

    My husband, who is not the music lover I am, loves this album. He rarely likes anything! I purchased this album as a 57th birthday gift for him, He then shared it with me. Lol! Makes me wish I could discover more artists like Spektor. I am 53.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Energetic, Original, Refreshing

    I own two of Regina Spektor's albums - this one and Begin to Hope. I won't dwell on what I don't like (the bluesy stuff) since that is entirely subjective and I don't like anyone's music of that genre overly much.

    What I LOVE about this music is that it is energetically original. While I first thought that her voice, while greatly appealing, was not particularly flexible or trained - I admire her ability to take that voice, skilfully manipulate it to its best advantage, and draw her audience entirely into her totally unique, fascinating and musically interesting compositions. She paints totally original musical canvasses.

    If you are wondering whether to invest in the version with the extras, I found it well worth the extra few dollars. The extra songs are excellent and the videos beautifully done.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    regina spektor does it again!

    regina's new album, far, is just as good as her first one. her lyrics are stronger, the songs are original, and the way she sings is phenomenal. i've seen her live a few times, and she is amazing. this one will be staying on repeat for a long time.

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