Soviet Kitsch - Regina Spektor
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 50
  3. Negative: 4 out of 50

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  1. Sep 22, 2010
    10
    Regina Spektor is so very under credited. Her song "Us" is among my favorite songs and this album is in plain english "OUTSTANDING"....THere is nothing that needs to be changed or rerecorded...Pure joy when it is listened to
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love Regina's voice; it's gorgeous hitting all the high notes, but she's also able to fill up her vocal cords and get a darker sound. Ode to Divorce is a great start, just a single heart beating. The lyrics are by far some of the most original I've heard. It's also a well thought-out song so it earns 8/10. Poor Little Rich Boy is wonderful; it has lyrics that I perceive to be excruciatingly cynical. The construct of the music is also great because it emphasizes the "you're so young, you're so goddamn young" part at the end. I constantly find myself altering the lyric "young" to "dumb" thinking about some of me exgfs (ha!). It gets 8/10. Carbon Monoxide is close to my favorite on the album; I definitely see the influence of "No Surprises" by Radiohead, which is great; 9/10. The Flowers is pretty good: 7/10. Us, obviously the single, is great. I definitely feel like the most amount of work into this song. It starts of strong, and only gets stronger as it goes on. Love the strings and the lyrics are wonderful: 10/10. Sailor Song is a great incite into how Regina sees the world; obviously she's singing about a girl who is very respectable (either herself, or someone she knows) and get's called a **** because she doesn't get into bed with every guy who wants her. It's also a very new-sound kind of track in a great way: 9/10. Now, Your Honor in an artistic perspective is close to perfect. The brutish/punk sound she creates reflects the stupidity of a guy who "fought for her honor." With that said, the actual replay value of it is pretty low. It does it she wants it to do: reflect the guys violent behavior; but misses on what a song is supposed to do. 5/10. "Ghost of Corporate Future," is a pretty song with a great message to the middle-class working man stuck in a boring life. Although it's great, and is also pretty funny song, it's a theme that (for me) is a bit over-done. 8/10. Chemo Limo starts out promising something more, but with lyrics that seem to be meaningless, it just goes on and on and gets oddly dramatic with the "Oh my god, Barbara! She looks just like my mom!" 7/10. Somedays had soooo much potential, and starts as one of the best conclusions to an album I've heard yet, but then it just stops. Maybe it's because I'm a concept album kind of person, but I just felt like this song promised so much more! It's as if Regina was just like "ok, that's it." So, because it had so much more potential and was the last thing we are left with I have to be harsh: 4/10. Expand
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Spektor is an engaging performer throughout the album, and despite her arty quirks, she's never pretentious.
  2. 80
    Traces of Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Björk and Cat Power are all proudly on display in the unpredictable arrangements and off-kilter emotions.
  3. While her art folk has its considerable charms, it's also erratic and, at times, exhausting. [11 Feb 2005, p.63]