By YARA BEYDOUN, Staff Columnist
Artist: Regina Spektor
Album: What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Release: May 29, 2012
The Russian singer/songwriter, Regina Spektor, released her sixth studio album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats,” earlier this year. The alternative style and indie pop influences of her previous albums are not absent on this new release.
Spektor stays faithful to her quirky sound and is always accompanied by the familiar piano. Lots of “Ohs” and “Ooohs” along with some beat boxing are sometimes thrown in as well. Her broad vocal range is one to be admired; “Once More with Feeling,” is a phrase that need not be uttered to Miss Spektor.
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats deals with an array of subjects that give us a peek into her creative mind. “Small Town Moon” is about a small town girl who doesn’t forget those who brought her up, yet still longs to leave her home, as Spektor sings: “Today we’re younger than we’re ever gonna be.” In a different light, “All the Rowboats” is a song about the horrible fate of museum art, as they serve a sentence of being displayed in cases forever: “All the rowboats, in the paintings/ They keep trying, to row away, row away.”
She sings this to a frantic piano and crashing drums around her. In her song “Ballad of a Politician,” Spektor takes a satirical approach at the political ghosts of America when she tells them to “Shake it shake it, baby!”
Spektor keeps her ever childlike essence even throughout her cynical moments. There are many topics of interest on this album that will be thrown at you, either paired with an upbeat tune, or not. If you’ve liked Spektor’s previous work, her consistency will not disappoint you here.
Key Tracks: “Small Town Moon,” “Oh Marcello,” “Firewood,” “All the Rowboats.”