Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Sea (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 46:06 minutes | 510 MB
Indie Pop / Alternative / Piano Rock | Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com
Digital Booklet | Deluxe Version – Album includes three bonus tracks not listed in the liner notes.
Pop songstress Regina Spektor dazzles with her sixth full-length recording, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, an album that was captured over eight weeks in L.A. Spektor has enjoyed overwhelming praise for her quirky pop hits and Platinum selling releases. The album is a showcase of her immaculate songwriting talents and unparalleled musicianship. Anchored by her piano, Spektor fleshes out this fourteen-track masterpiece with a variety of instrumentation. Included is the funky “Small Town Moon” and the emotion provoking “How,” every track is a sonic accomplishment.
Regina Spektor’s sixth outing, the predictably unpredictable What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, feels a little like a Wes Anderson movie. By now, you’re either on board with the Russian-American’s unique blend of East Village anti-folk and immaculately detailed thespian indie pop, or you’ve swapped her wares for the more accessible quirkiness of Fun. or the lunchroom loner art pop of St. Vincent. Like Anderson, Spektor is a gifted world builder, and one of Cheap Seats’ greatest strengths is its prep school confidence. Utterly disparate tracks like “Oh Marcello,” which utilizes the tried and true hitmaking equation of a fake Italian accent, beatboxing, and the chorus from the Animals’ “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” and the gorgeous “Firewood,” an artful and winningly austere ode to life and death that brings to mind vintage Randy Newman, are both given equal attention, and the weighty “Ballad of a Politician,” despite its call to “Shake your ass out in that street,” feels timely and deeply rooted in that blurry line between youthful indiscretion and civic stewardship. Still, it’s a wild ride, and Spektor, despite her immaculate execution, can be a bit much, especially when it comes to vocal mannerisms (think Tori Amos and Nellie Mckay in an affectation-off), but much like the works of the aforementioned Anderson, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats succeeds more often than it frustrates.
01 – Small Town Moon
02 – Oh Marcello
03 – Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)
04 – Firewood
05 – Patron Saint
06 – How
07 – All the Rowboats
08 – Song Ballad of a Politician
09 – Open
10 – The Party
11 – Jessica
12 – Call Them Brothers (featuring Only Son) [Non-Album Track]
13 – The Prayer of Francois Villon (Molitva) [Cover Song In Russian, Non-Album Track]
14 – Old Jacket (Stariy Pedjak) [Cover Song In Russian, Non-Album Track]