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  • Summary: The Russian-born singer/pianist makes her major-label debut with this disc produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes).
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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 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. DonaldH
    Mar 5, 2005
    10
    Usually I don't by discs on a whim, and my only experience with Regina prior to this was a bootleg of the track "Post-Modern Girls" she Usually I don't by discs on a whim, and my only experience with Regina prior to this was a bootleg of the track "Post-Modern Girls" she did with the Strokes last year, however, popping this disc in, I have to admit it sent shivers down my spine multiple times. It's minimalistc arrangements and piano ballads coupled with wonderfully moving lyrics and a voice that recalls both Ani Difranco and Patti Smith, it's refreshing and incredibly touching stuff. My highest recommendation. Expand
  2. 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 Collapse
  3. LocoTino
    Apr 9, 2005
    10
    Fantastic, I can totally see where she is coming from.
  4. Amy
    Nov 28, 2006
    10
    I adore her music. It's all i listen to lately.
  5. CharlesC.
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    Its not breathtaking, but its not pretentious. It can feel naive at times, but its so damn sincere, you just don't care. And that's Its not breathtaking, but its not pretentious. It can feel naive at times, but its so damn sincere, you just don't care. And that's the core of this album...absolute sincerity...its funny, lush and has more than a couple of tracks you'll listen to over and over again. Try 'Us,' 'The Ghost of Corporate Future,' 'Ode to Divorce.' Expand
  6. 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
  7. Scort
    Mar 12, 2005
    0
    Pretentious, immature, affected.

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