Begin To Hope - Regina Spektor
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  • Summary: The Russia-born, New York-based anti-folkie returns with a dozen new tracks produced by David Kahne (The Strokes).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Even in its darkest moments, a humane glow envelops the album, which takes her already-arresting sound and expands it to widescreen.
  2. She displays a range fans old and new will find intoxicating. [16 Jun 2006, p.75]
  3. There's a fearless, uninhibited confidence to Spektor's voice, not to mention a delightful whimsy to her music, that sets her apart from artists like [Fiona] Apple.
  4. It's an easier listen than its wildly imaginative predecessor.
  5. A little bit of kitsch is important... Begin to Hope has enough of it to stand out, and enough ethics to keep the whole thing grounded.
  6. Less miserable than Fiona Apple, less wacky than Nellie McKay and less hippieish than Tori Amos, Spektor shows off her gorgeous, fluttery voice, her burgeoning writer chops and her God-given quirks on [Begin to Hope].
  7. As if the synthesized strings and electronic dabbling weren't sad enough, [Spektor's] ascerbic voice has been all but lost in squishy couplets about making things better and needing to "know you."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Jan 19, 2013
    A positive, bubbly, almost childish personality coupled with a great voice and spectacular song-writing skills make Regina Spektor one of the greatest musicians of our generation. Expand
  2. GustavoP
    Dec 29, 2006
    Best album of the year. Talented, criative, inventive and truly beautiful work.
  3. AlexY
    Jun 13, 2006
    Best album of the year! Hopefully her career explodes this year.
  4. SlayD
    Apr 29, 2007
    A fine album, wonderfully put together. Regina is one of the best musicians right now in music.
  5. AlexW
    Jul 25, 2006
    She's friggen rad.
  6. Oct 2, 2010
    The Mellow sounds of Regina Spektor are enough for anyone to instantaneously fall in love with, beware, once you've heard it you wouldn't dare listen to anything else from the same genre Expand
  7. DH
    Feb 27, 2007
    Oy! This passes for intelligent music? Banging out piano chords, sliding your voice up and down hardly qualify as music. The lyrics are uninspiring; well, if you like unicorns and collect candles maybe they will speak to you. Shallow, dumbed down music suitable for anyone who wishes George Winston would sing. Regina Skeptor is the paradigm of faux indie music. On the plus side: your mother probably loves her music. Expand

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