Soviet Kitsch [Bonus DVD]

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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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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. [Soviet Kitsch was reissued in early 2005 with a bonus DVD that included the music video for "Us" and a short film, The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624895329
  • Catalog Number: 48953
  • Sales rank: 73,372

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch
  2. 2 Us
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Spektor Primary Artist, Piano, Stick, Voices, fender rhodes
Oren Bloedow Guitar
Alan Bezozi Percussion, Drums
Graham Maby Bass
Gordon Raphael Percussion
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Bear Spektor Whisper
4x4 Quartet Strings
Technical Credits
Alan Bezozi Producer, Contributor
Matt Hyde Engineer
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Gordon Raphael Producer
Jim Atkins Authoring
Adria Petty Video Director, Creation
Regina Spektor Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Creation
Crackerfarm Cover Art
Michael Arias Garza Producer
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