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by Regina Spektor

Magical realism involving pickles, death penalties and hot baths... influenced by the anti folkers, the punkers, tom waits, bjork, mozart, and many others... a secret let loose.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Samson
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2. Oedipus
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3. Prisoners
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4. Reading Time With Pickle
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5:33 album only
5. Consequence of Sounds
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6. Daniel Cowman
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7. Bon Idee
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8. Aching to Pupate
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9. Lounge
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10. Lacrimosa
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11. Lulliby
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12. Ne Me Quitter Pas
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Album Notes
Regina Spektor has been writing songs that are a new type of songs for her... new in comparison to her other CD "11:11"... starker? darker? lighter? simpler?

Who knows...

Voice and piano, 12 songs, recorded, one take each, at Antenna Studios, NYC by Joe Mendelson... who is true cool! This was planned as an archiving... but David Poe said, among many other interesting things, "...put it out" and so it is out now.

She is glad that it exists, because it didn't before. And the songs are special. And she hopes you enjoy..... yeah...

soon
i
might
start again
soon
i
might
start
aging
and then it will be
un-
stop-
able
the
words
getting
lost
loster
more lost than i thought possible
can you help me out?
interwhat?
internet.
oh...
oh.
o.........
o
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Tonya

Regina Spektor should be mentioned in the Bible!
I do believe this CD has once again proven that Regina is amazing. This album has so much depth, it's incredible. The best part is that it's just her and her piano, nothing more. No effects or other musicians getting their greedy little hands on her magic, and every song still seems full and complete. What else can I say? Nothing, is what.

Becky

song of songs
This CD is a must! Samson and Oedipus are amazing. Regina's voice and song-writing abilities are mind-blowing.

molly

absolutely brilliant
This is one of the most refreshing cd's I've heard in a long while. Every song is different, with something for all moods. Samson is probably the most beautiful song I've heard in years. I highly highly recommend it.

Benny-Cooch

Awesome awesome AWESOME.
I don't write reviews ever, but I have to write and say I LOVE Regina and I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this CD.

Fin.

M.J. Savastano

Honest, raw regina
Songs displays not only Ms. Spektor's amazing vocal abilities (one take for each song, anyone?) but also her affinity for finding true, honest emotion in each word, each note, each syllable. When listening, one feels as if one is listening to Regina tell her deepest, darkest secrets in such a way that woos and beguiles the listener. Pared down to their simplest forms, these songs all evoke something--whether it be anger, joy, or sorrow. Finding this album wasn't easy, but it was certainly worth the search.

Alyssa

Sweet gerkin!
It was quite fun to listen to--one of those cds to sit down and understand the lyrics--was very happy about the social/political commentary...shows her depth as a person as well as a musician.

Raymond

Awesome cd
Great cd. I saw her when she first went on her US tour in philly and shes and awesome chick.

Amy

Just Wonderful..
I love this album so much. Since I bought it I have played it over and over and it hasn't lost any of its magic. The simplistic and not overly produced approach of this album is lovely, leaving nothing but the pure essence of quality music. I couldn't recommend this album more.. Regina is such a talent. (p.s. Amy loves CD Baby)

J

Absolutely amazing..
This CD is amazing.. songs like samson and oedipus are awesome, as they all are! I saw regina last night at bush hall in london, and she was amazing, everyone should buy this CD!

Michael Moricz

One of the single most haunting CDs I own
For me, SONGS is still the most satisfying single release so far to come from the eccentrically fertile mind of Regina Spektor (the British "Gravediggers" compilation is probably second place). All her greatest strengths are on display song after song in this collection, and there is a great deal of variety given that the entire album is just one woman sitting at the piano and singing, with no overdubs and no production gimmickry. ---

She opens with two back-to-back songs based on historical characters ("Samson" and "Oedipus") which set the tone for us to realize that very few of her songs are actually overtly in her own voice or persona. She likes to create elaborate miniatures from the perspectives of various individuals. ---

A few of her most hauntingly beautiful songs are in this collection (Samson, Lulliby, the whimsical Reading Time With Pickle) as well as examples of her accustomed fearless quirkiness (with the Pickle song and the audacious "Daniel Cowman" with its Bert Kaempfert overlay the most eccentric). There is an acapella track (the charming Aching to Pupate) and darker, more edgy material (Prisoners or Lacrimosa). Her jazzier side is represented by "Lounge," though this song is not her best foray into that aspect of her writing. ---

Each song is fascinating in its own way, and there are no two songs which occupy the same world, stylistically, harmonically or in terms of image. She is a natural poet, offbeat but sure of herself. She repeats phrases in her lyrics a lot, but it always seems intentional, and feels as though it represents a kind of variation that builds the tension of the song. ---

Her deep classical roots make her a persuasively expressive pianist, and the fluidity of tempo, the total lack of commercial compromises in the construction of the the material and the chamber-music like approach all bring her songs somehow closer to "art song" or performance art than pop music, especially on this unusual and rewarding CD. ---

What's most refreshing is how she doesn't actually sound like anyone else. She's odd, yes, but she is fully and triumphantly herself, and there is a genuine aesthetic at work here. Her lineage seems to connect back more to people like Leonard Cohen, Laura Nyro or Joni Mitchell than to the contemporaries people seem to want to compare her to. And on this CD, with its simplicity of texture, you can concentrate on the intensity of the material and her performance of it. ---

This is one of a very small handful of CDs that I can put on from the beginning and listen through to the end without skipping anything. She's not for everyone, I realize, but she's uncompromisingly good on her own terms. She's a true artist, with both an innate gift and a craft that's uniquely hers. In my opinion, there's no more persuasive a collection of songs of hers than this one. It's hardly her best-known CD (far from it), but it shows Regina at her best from one end of the CD to the other.
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