• Record Label: Sire
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2016

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Oct 5, 2016
    She’s always had a knack for writing both flashy and tender pop melodies, but on her latest album she knocks each number clear out of the park. It’s a delightful smorgasbord of all things Regina, complete with the richest selection of music she’s ever offered up on a single album.
  2. Oct 11, 2016
    Remember Us to Life is one of Spektor's strongest records, and one that really requires repeat listens to appreciate every detail and effort.
  3. Sep 29, 2016
    With Remember Us to Life, Spektor foregoes some of the whimsical narratives on previous albums and digs back into more personal thoughts, showcasing her inimitable vocals and piano talents.
  4. Oct 13, 2016
    She’s come a long way from those more quirky days, but Remember Us To Life is a good reminder that Spektor is still more than capable of conjuring up moments of magic.
  5. Sep 29, 2016
    Her fifth album, full of brilliant songcraft per usual, performs a similar balancing act between the familiar and the far-out.
  6. Sep 27, 2016
    While Broadway fans wait, they and others who can embrace the album's occasional leaps in tone have another distinctly Spektor song set to enjoy. Ultimately, the sweetness that's always been as much a part of her musical persona as quirkiness overrides any embellishment, offering a touch of drama without pretension.
  7. Uncut
    Sep 26, 2016
    Simple, unforced piano ballads sit besides florid pop singles. [Nov 2016, p.37]
  8. Sep 26, 2016
    It is exciting to see what Regina Spektor can do when she conceives of an album as a holistic unit, rather than a collection of idiosyncratic parts. This quality makes Remember Us to Life one of her most careful, considered, elegant statements to date.
  9. 70
    Her style is still niche, but Remember Us to Life is an important album for anyone invested in Spektor’s growth as a musician and, perhaps more importantly, a storyteller.
  10. Oct 18, 2016
    In Spektor’s catalogue, Remember Us to Life balances comfort food for Spektor fans with the maturity and wisdom you'd expect from a singer-songwriter passing the 15th year of her career.
  11. Sep 26, 2016
    Remember Us to Life is a reminder that Spektor's sound is uniquely--and unmistakably--hers and hers alone, and while it has its strengths, it lacks the punch of some of her earlier work.
  12. Magnet
    Nov 16, 2016
    Spektor's knack for orchestral arrangement is more vivid than her writing here. [No. 137, p.61]
  13. Sep 30, 2016
    These songs [The Trapper and the Furrier, Tornadoland, and Obsolete] are, ironically, more cinematic than anything found on her last album ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats,’ and that sense of drama helps make Remember Us To Life a return to form.
  14. Sep 29, 2016
    As a whole, Remember us to Life feels a little patchy, with enough ups to make it good, but too many downs to make it great.
  15. 60
    On Remember Us To Life, Regina Spektor exhibits stronger affinities with Randy Newman, thanks to a turn of phrase often leaning towards the ironic, and a deceptive worldview which, like the sardonic string arrangements and ominous piano settings, gives most of these songs a slightly sour sting in the tail.
  16. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2016
    She still meanders between electronic-infused pop, Eastern-tinged R&B and AOR balladry, but crisp production and Spektor's pliant, atypically measured vocals keep things focused. [Nov 2016, p.89]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 7 out of 52
  1. Oct 3, 2016
    Regina is back and in top form. Her songs are still universes unto themselves. Her voice is still packed to the brim with personality andRegina is back and in top form. Her songs are still universes unto themselves. Her voice is still packed to the brim with personality and pitch. Thank you, Regina, for working so hard to create beautiful melodies paired with meaningful lyrics. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2021
    Regina Spektor is a unic and gifted singer and she proves it one more time here
  3. Jan 29, 2018
    Great melodies and great lyrics. Fantastic album. Would recommend for anybody.