Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Regina has basically mastered everything else too; it's hard to see her making a wrong move anytime soon.
  3. The fables and fantasy lives they depict are rendered in fairly understandable terms. Yet Far still shows the range that Spektor can travel within her dreamy world.
  4. 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.
  5. A couple of tracks--'Machine' and 'Human Of The Year'--never quite crawl out of the shadow of their high concepts, but Far otherwise cements Spektor as an artist comfortable with her own eccentricities, and beguiling in her ability to bring listeners into her strange, tempestuous, and often beautiful world.
  6. With her third Sire album, the deliciously attractive Far, Spektor again shows how original she is, finding the gleam in modern life with its contradictions and confusion in a uniquely colloquial manner.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jeremy
    Sep 16, 2009
    4
    Nice sounding, but its almost too perfect. The production gloss is overtaking her. 11:11 and Songs were brilliant albums of unbridled Nice sounding, but its almost too perfect. The production gloss is overtaking her. 11:11 and Songs were brilliant albums of unbridled creativity,brilliant, and beauty. THAT is te quirky regina. Everyone reviewing this album calls her a quirky genius, but i find this to be her most mundane album yet. She sounds bored 90% of the time, and she used to use her voice as so much more of an instrument. All her weird vocal affectations (ie: "2.99 Cent Blues" or "Lounge") are gone. She wouldn't dare do her old stuff now because Sire (her major label master) would never let her. She's doing what she wants, but within the confines of a major label. Especially the old Folding Chair where her voice was so much quirkier and more enthused. Now it's a bland attempt at recreating greatness. I miss the old Regina, and aside from one or two tracks, this is an annoyingly banal release. (EVERYONE needs to listen to her REAL first two albums, 11:11 and Songs. Then you can see if you're a fan of the true, original Regina Spektor.) Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    7
    Varies in tone so much it could almost be called a flaw.
    Regina Spektors voice carries the really quite simple songs out of their potential
    Varies in tone so much it could almost be called a flaw.
    Regina Spektors voice carries the really quite simple songs out of their potential mediocrity and transcended my expectations. Nothing immensely skillful though.
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  3. Jan 23, 2013
    6
    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 veryThis 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. Full Review »