Soviet Kitsch

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  • Summary: The Russian-born singer/pianist makes her major-label debut with this disc produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes).

Top Track

Us
They made a statue of us Then put it on a mountain top The tourists come and stare at us Blow bubbles with their gum Take photographs of fun,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 80
    Traces of Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Björk and Cat Power are all proudly on display in the unpredictable arrangements and off-kilter emotions.
  2. It’s conceivable that she can be marketed as a hipper Michelle Branch (the string arrangements get a little schmaltzy), but at her most accessible she’s still too resolutely quirky.
  3. Spektor's songs tend to take strange turns halfway through, jutting off for a chorus or bridge that barely seems connected to what's come before, then circling back to make the connection clear.
  4. The first few plays require a bit of patience, but this is a unique new talent. Like listening to PJ Harvey or Shannon Wright, having patience pays off.
  5. Spektor is an engaging performer throughout the album, and despite her arty quirks, she's never pretentious.
  6. There's a wealth of great material here... all diminished, to various degrees, by genre affectations.
  7. While Spektor possesses an intriguing voice, she uses it in such a cloying, affected manner as to be almost entirely off-putting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  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"....THereRegina 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 Expand
  2. AlN
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    This woman is amazing, you can listen to the same songs for hours and hear something new everytime.
  3. JonathanA
    Mar 13, 2005
    10
    I saw Regina Spektor play at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and I knew nothing of her music. I was so impressed I bought both of her albums at I saw Regina Spektor play at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and I knew nothing of her music. I was so impressed I bought both of her albums at the show and was also impressed with her album 'Songs' which I highly recommend. Her songs have a quality that makes you want to listen to them over and over again. If you can see her live, run don't walk! Expand
  4. ThomasW
    Jan 10, 2007
    10
    Regina Spektor is a very talented girl. She has an amazing voice and can tickle those ivories like there's no tomorrow. She has done Regina Spektor is a very talented girl. She has an amazing voice and can tickle those ivories like there's no tomorrow. She has done well on this album but did even better with "Begin to Hope." I;m glad she made another album. It's amazing and far better than "Soviet Kitsch." Regina simply has a unique sound that you won't hear from anybody else. Expand
  5. MegM
    Mar 15, 2005
    9
    I saw her on Late Night with Conan O'Brian. As soon as I listened to her sing, I got up, went to my computer and downloaded her CD. I I saw her on Late Night with Conan O'Brian. As soon as I listened to her sing, I got up, went to my computer and downloaded her CD. I love it. Its actually playing right now Expand
  6. AliR
    Mar 14, 2005
    8
    There are moments on this album when Regina reminds you what music is all about. Shame she ocassionaly gets a little pretentious.
  7. Scort
    Mar 12, 2005
    0
    Pretentious, immature, affected.

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