Soviet Kitsch

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Maybe it's just the preponderance of piano in her music, but Regina Spektor sounds more like a traditional singer/songwriter in the best sense of that phrase than her anti-folk contemporaries. On Soviet Kitsch, her third album -- and major-label debut -- her sound is more refined than ever before, but there are still plenty of rough edges and unexpected twists and turns. The Fiona Apple and Cat Power comparisons that have been leveled at Spektor since her first album 11:11 are still valid, particularly on songs like "Carbon Monoxide" and "Somedays," but Spektor is more theatrical and playful than either of those artists. Quirky character sketches such as "Ghost of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Maybe it's just the preponderance of piano in her music, but Regina Spektor sounds more like a traditional singer/songwriter in the best sense of that phrase than her anti-folk contemporaries. On Soviet Kitsch, her third album -- and major-label debut -- her sound is more refined than ever before, but there are still plenty of rough edges and unexpected twists and turns. The Fiona Apple and Cat Power comparisons that have been leveled at Spektor since her first album 11:11 are still valid, particularly on songs like "Carbon Monoxide" and "Somedays," but Spektor is more theatrical and playful than either of those artists. Quirky character sketches such as "Ghost of Corporate Future" and "Ode to Divorce," and flights of fancy like the charming "Us" are quintessentially Spektor; though her songs may not be diary entries set to music, she imbues them with lots of personality and intimate details. Nowhere is this more apparent than on "Chemo Limo," a strangely uplifting song about a woman living with not dying from cancer that ends up being one of Soviet Kitsch's standout moments. "Flowers," which begins with a section inspired by her classical training and then moves to a part based on her Russian Jewish heritage, also shows how easily Spektor can incorporate different sounds and ideas into her own music. She does a 180 on the raw "Sailor Song," on which she gleefully yells, "Marianne's a bitch," and on the punky, off-the-cuff "Your Honor," which also features the London rock group Kill Kenada. A few of Soviet Kitsch's songs, like "Poor Little Rich Boy," concentrate on the childlike, mischievous side of Spektor's sound that puts her in the love-it-or-hate-it category for some listeners. Still, Spektor is an engaging performer throughout the album, and despite her arty quirks, she's never pretentious. She originally self-released Soviet Kitsch nearly two years before Sire released it, so it'll be interesting to hear what she does next.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624889021
  • Catalog Number: 48890
  • Sales rank: 46,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ode to Divorce (3:42)
  2. 2 Poor Little Rich Boy (2:27)
  3. 3 Carbon Monoxide (4:59)
  4. 4 The Flowers (3:54)
  5. 5 Us (4:52)
  6. 6 Sailor Song (3:15)
  7. 7 *** (0:44)
  8. 8 Your Honor (2:10)
  9. 9 Ghost of Corporate Future (3:21)
  10. 10 Chemo Limo (6:04)
  11. 11 Somedays (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Spektor Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Stick, Vocals, fender rhodes, Whisper
Oren Bloedow Guitar
Alan Bezozi Percussion, Drums
Graham Maby Bass
Gordon Raphael Percussion
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
4x4 Strings
Bear Spektor Whisper
Kill Kenada Band
Technical Credits
Alan Bezozi Producer, Contributor
Matt Hyde Engineer
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Gordon Raphael Producer
Regina Spektor Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Toshikazu Yoshioka Engineer
Crackerfarm Cover Art
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    landmark album

    Yet another New York songstress hits the scene, this time in the form of a Jewish-Russian immigrant transplanted to the Bronx with the voice of a songbird that reminds you of the missed but not forgotten, Fiona Apple. In times where audiences are clamoring record bigwigs for Fiona's captured album, one might be able to find momentary consolation in Miss Spektor's premiere album, Soviet Kitsch. Simple with piano accompaniment and Regina's playful, sometimes uncertain, but always soulful voice, the album is loaded with catchy lyrics and delightfully refreshing youthfulness. "Poor Little Rich Boy" playfully mocks the familiar twenty-somethings cravings for enlightenment while simultaneously struggling for emotional outlets. "The Flowers" possibly could become Regina's version of the Tori Amos song "Silent All These Years." Stay tuned... we might have another fiery treasure in the making.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Cool

    This is one of the coolest albums I have ever heard. I got caught dancing to 'Us' the other day. Regina has the most amazing voice and she plays piano beautifully. All the songs make you feel many different things and anybody can get into her music. It is a very eclectic album, and I wouldnt want it any other way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRULY MAGICAL

    WOW!!! Not too often will you come upon something that will make you want to re-think what you're doing in life and realize that you need to get out there and enjoy life in all its shapes and sizes. this cd will make you laugh, cry , throw the cd out the window, go hunt for it and play it again, and recommend it to all who are near to you.

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