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  • Summary: The Russia-born, New York-based anti-folkie returns with a dozen new tracks produced by David Kahne (The Strokes).

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Fidelity
Shake it up I never loved nobody fully Always one foot on the ground And by protecting my heart truly I got lost In the sounds I hear in my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Even in its darkest moments, a humane glow envelops the album, which takes her already-arresting sound and expands it to widescreen.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    She displays a range fans old and new will find intoxicating. [16 Jun 2006, p.75]
  3. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    'Begin To Hope' is the sound of [Spektor] blossoming into the most talented female artist around--and one with edge. [8 Jul 2006, p.43]
  4. There's a fearless, uninhibited confidence to Spektor's voice, not to mention a delightful whimsy to her music, that sets her apart from artists like [Fiona] Apple.
  5. A little bit of kitsch is important... Begin to Hope has enough of it to stand out, and enough ethics to keep the whole thing grounded.
  6. Less miserable than Fiona Apple, less wacky than Nellie McKay and less hippieish than Tori Amos, Spektor shows off her gorgeous, fluttery voice, her burgeoning writer chops and her God-given quirks on [Begin to Hope].
  7. As if the synthesized strings and electronic dabbling weren't sad enough, [Spektor's] ascerbic voice has been all but lost in squishy couplets about making things better and needing to "know you."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Jan 19, 2013
    10
    A positive, bubbly, almost childish personality coupled with a great voice and spectacular song-writing skills make Regina Spektor one of theA positive, bubbly, almost childish personality coupled with a great voice and spectacular song-writing skills make Regina Spektor one of the greatest musicians of our generation. Expand
  2. EricW.
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    A truly manificent work. Combine Miss Spektor's pitch-perfect vocals, her fascinating lyrics, and her superb piano-playing talent, and A truly manificent work. Combine Miss Spektor's pitch-perfect vocals, her fascinating lyrics, and her superb piano-playing talent, and you have "Begin to Hope," an album that is one the greatest collections ever recorded. Call me crazy, but Regina Spektor just might become the most influential act in music since The Beatles. Expand
  3. AlexY
    Jun 13, 2006
    10
    Best album of the year! Hopefully her career explodes this year.
  4. Roco
    Apr 29, 2007
    10
    A brilliant musical achievement. Beautiful songwriting and great, great songs. One of the best albums of 06, by far!
  5. AlexW
    Jul 25, 2006
    9
    She's friggen rad.
  6. Oct 2, 2010
    8
    The Mellow sounds of Regina Spektor are enough for anyone to instantaneously fall in love with, beware, once you've heard it you wouldn't dareThe Mellow sounds of Regina Spektor are enough for anyone to instantaneously fall in love with, beware, once you've heard it you wouldn't dare listen to anything else from the same genre Expand
  7. DH
    Feb 27, 2007
    2
    Oy! This passes for intelligent music? Banging out piano chords, sliding your voice up and down hardly qualify as music. The lyrics are Oy! This passes for intelligent music? Banging out piano chords, sliding your voice up and down hardly qualify as music. The lyrics are uninspiring; well, if you like unicorns and collect candles maybe they will speak to you. Shallow, dumbed down music suitable for anyone who wishes George Winston would sing. Regina Skeptor is the paradigm of faux indie music. On the plus side: your mother probably loves her music. Expand

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