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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59

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  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 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 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.) Expand
  2. 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 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.
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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. While Far is far from bad, it doesn't quite live up to expectations, either, based on all the talent involved in making it and how fully Spektor expressed herself on "Begin to Hope."
  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. Tired of her peculiar singer-songwriter pop being a fringe taste, the Russian-born New Yorker's gone for the commercial jugular, polishing her strangeness with help from ELO's Jeff Lynne among others.