Oddball New York-based, Russian-American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor returns next week with her sixth studio LP, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. We’ve previously heard the great lead single ‘All the Rowboats‘ (and seen a video) as well as the sprightly second single ’Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)’ (a reworking of her similarly titled 2002 track), and now thanks to NPR the entire album is available to stream. On first listen, Spektor’s new Mike Elizondo-produced album is a pretty great collection of songs which runs the gamut from bouncy, sprightly numbers (‘Small Town Moon’, ‘Don’t Leave Me’) to gorgeous ballads (‘Firewood’). Of course, it wouldn’t be a Regina Spektor album without its share of quirks (the very silly ‘Oh Marcello’; imitating drum blasts on ‘All the Rowboats’), but so far I’m finding What We Saw From the Cheap Seats to be an improvement on 2009’s rather whimsical Far, and she remains a gifted songwriter and pianist with a razor sharp wit. Her devoted fans will no doubt find much to love here, but this new LP would also make a nice entry point to Spektor’s world for casual fans, as it stands as perhaps her most accessible work alongside her 2006 breakthrough Begin to Hope.
What We Saw From the Cheap Seats will be released May 28. Stream the album below (via NPR).
Regina Spektor recently released a video for ‘Call Them Brothers’, a collaborative track with Jack Dishel of Only Son, which features as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. Check it out below.
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