Far - Regina Spektor
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  • Summary: The Russian-born singer-songwriter's latest album was produced by Jeff Lynne, Mike Elizondo, David Kahne and Garret "Jacknife" Lee.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. The tunes are consistently fetching, and a few standouts have clever lyrics.
  2. playing the freak also makes her blissfully unself-conscious, and that can be contagious. Nothing's more heartfelt than 'Wallet,' an ode to a stranger who lost his.
  3. It is worth repeating that Far takes everything Regina Spektor has done in the near ten-year span of her career and mashes it up to perfection.
  4. 80
    This is an adventurous, joyful album from a major talent. [Aug 2009, p.98]
  5. Far, her new album, will likely be criticized for its continuing drift towards the centre.
  6. Frankly it makes our blood run cold with images of Sunday supplement purgatory, Spektor trading soft-focus licks with Katie Meluah from out of suburban glove compartments for decades to come. Thankfully the reality is nowhere near as bad as that.
  7. 40
    Throughout, there's an ungainly combination of the leaden and the jaunty. [Aug 2009, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. EstebanO
    Nov 7, 2009
    Pop perfection, powerful alternative rates combined with smooth melodies next to an almost angelical and deeply confused voice...the best album of the year!!! Expand
  2. Juana
    Jul 18, 2009
    Nice piano, beautiful voice. Great album.
  3. pleasuredinmorethanoneway
    Jun 23, 2009
    This is the jizz. She does things with her voice that annoy me sometimes but I got used to it. The lyrics are very left feild and have become expected if her to make these very original written songs. I respect her music even more because she dies write all her own material, no co-writing but the whole album is writtien with her hand from ideas coming from her head. Great sound, the piano seems more used for this cd but that's okay even great since she's talented at it. The only flaws ate the turns she dies in sings with her voice which sometimes sounds great but mostly sounds distracting and she also gets repetitive but besides that is really perfect. Those are minuscule problems anyway, the only way to find those flaws is by nit-picking. Well, its all still very orgasmic. Expand
  4. ChrisJ
    Aug 7, 2009
    Great things about Far:- 1. "We made our own computer out of macaroni pieces" 2. The way those 'pop-like' drums change the tempo of Eet three times while the vocal track and piano plays at the same pace 3. The fact that while the first and last verses of Folding Chair are identical, due to what happened in between they both mean very different things 4. Genius Next Door 5. That voice 6. Those lyrics 7. That piano 8. I wish that had been MY wallet 9. The almost spoken-word bits of Laughing With's chorus 10. "Outside the cars are beeping out a song just in your honour...." 11. "You-o-o-o-o a-a-a-a-are so swe-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-eet" 12. The dolphin(sea-lion) song 13. "I've got a perfect body 'cos my eyelashes catch my sweat" 14. Those stunning piano arpeggio's at the beginning of Blue Lips 15. The rest of Blue Lips 16. The fact that I can only whittle my favourite song on this album down to a choice of 7(in case you're wondering 2,3,4,6,7,9,10) 17. Brilliant dual stories on One More Time With Feeling 18. The "I have no wallet" verse I don't think this album is as good as Soviet Kitsch or Begin To Hope but it's probably as close as anyone's going to get. Expand
  5. Nick
    Jun 23, 2009
    This is spectacular. 4.8 from Pitchfork? I lost all respect for them, this is a creative gem, the peak of her musical career thus far, songs like The Calculation, Two Birds, Folding Chair, and Riot Gear (who knew the bonus tracks could be highlights?!) inspire me deeply to write my own music. Get it, now. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2013
    This album by Regina Spektor has a few standout songs (Genius Next Door, Blue Lips, Two Birds, Human of the Year), and those songs work very well. Unfortunately, many mark a new, radio-friendly turn for Spektor while the other descend into complete immaturity. However, Spektor's immaturity is still pretty pleasing. Expand
  7. GabrielC.
    Jul 11, 2009
    Terrible album.

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