1. REGINA SPEKTOR – “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats”
Given the high quality of output this year, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” may be seen by some as an anti-climactic pick for the best album of 2012. It only clocks in at 37 minutes and it finds Spektor continuing the work she has done on her previous albums. The thing is, here, she has perfected her craft. She brilliantly re-casts museums as prisons for timeless masterpieces on “All The Rowboats,” artfully compares politicians to strippers on “Ballad of a Politician,” breaks her listeners’ hearts on the break-up ballad, “How,” and ends with a brief Wes Anderson-soundtrack-ready, guitar-strummed reverie, “Jessica.” Spektor has a unique way of fusing words with melody. On “How,” when she sings to a soon-to-be ex, “You are a guest here, now,” the soul-crushing pain is felt. The idea of holding someone close and having that person ripped away suddenly and being reduced to a “guest” is painful for anyone who has ever experienced a broken heart. On “Ballad of a Politician,” when she suddenly raises her voice and powerfully declares, “I am not a number, not a name,” you are ready to follow her into a protest rally. At its core, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” is a deceptively straightforward singer-songwriter record. Upon repeated listens, if you are open to it, it will plant itself deep into your soul and beautifully haunt your dreams. Spektor has been attempting this kind of subtle masterpiece to some extent since her earliest self-released albums. Here, she has resoundingly achieved her goal.
The album cover is also featured in many photos for the new iTunes software across the apple website.
Art-Direction by Anthony Henderson
See if she’s coming near you!
Regina Spektor and Stephen together. Yes. Yes. YEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
I am praying for Stephen to sing!
TUNE IN TONIGHT!
Thursday June 7th at 11:31 pm EST!
Fingers crossed!! Go buy the album if you haven’t already!!
For a limited time only!
NPR has just announced that Regina will be performing at a special live show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on May 31st, 2012. Unfortunately all free tickets for the show were snatched up within minutes of the announcement, but you’ll be able to watch the whole thing live online starting at 10pm EST:
While Spektor’s latest album is richly orchestrated, her performance at Le Poisson Rouge will be a stripped-down set, with Spektor joined by an additional keyboardist, a cellist and a drummer. She’ll perform old favorites and introduce highlights from her new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, out on May 29.
Never had a chance to see regina perform live? Now is your chance! Make sure to watch her live (video and audio) on Thursday, May 31st at npr.org/music
I’ll be watching right along with you :)
“Regina is a musician who is never content to sit still. In part, that is why What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is a downright scary album. An artist who could already seemingly do no wrong went and became even more perfect.”