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Regina Spektor
11 March 2013
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Egroeg Evoli
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Does anybody on this site like Regina Spektor? I used to listen to her music a lot, but that was before The Beatles... I've been listening to her again recently.

What are your thoughts on Regina Spektor?

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11 March 2013
5.03am
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I think she's great.

 

For those who don't know, she's a Russian-born singer-songwriter-pianist.  Her songs are full of whimsy and thoughtfulness.

My favourite is "Samson"

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11 March 2013
5.06am
Egroeg Evoli
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I love that song!

But my two favorites are All the Rowboats and Us. 

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11 March 2013
2.54pm
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Love her. Soviet Kitsch is one of my favourite albums.

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11 March 2013
6.50pm
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Have to be the curmudgeon.  I find her style annoyingly derivative and dime-a-dozen these days, when it seems de rigueur to affect vocalisms that apparently owe everything to Rickie Lee Jones. 

I must be a fuddy duddy and hark back to the ancient 70s:

 

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12 March 2013
9.41pm
SatanHimself
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Way to troll.  I think the idea of this thread is for people who *enjoy* her music to discuss it.  

And if you're going to criticize and compare, it's better to pick a pianist/vocalist like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos or Nellie MacKay. 

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12 March 2013
11.39pm
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No, the OP asked if anyone liked Spektor -- then asked what our thoughts are about her.  For non-fascists, that leaves the way open for individual feelings and opinions to be freely expressed.

Fiona Apple's another airhead with an annoying warble.

 

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12 March 2013
11.56pm
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Yeah, I don't think it's trolling if Satan's posting a considered opinion!

If I came here and posted "she sucks, I hate her" when I've never heard her - which I haven't, until now - now that'd be trolling.

Based on that video, I don't care for her, either. But there's nothing wrong with her, it's just my personal taste. There were a whole bunch of those wispy-voiced piano-stroking women back in the '90s - Sarah McLaughlin, etc. - and I didn't like them either. I do love me some ancient Joni Mitchell, though.

(Oh, and I didn't hear any Ricki Lee Jones-isms - not in that one song, anyways.)

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13 March 2013
4.43am
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I didn't mean to step on toes.  It's a knee-jerk reaction left over from the earl days of net forums.

I get that the OP was looking for full discussion, negative included.  I got defensive because when you make a topic like this (devoted to a relatively obscure act) in a forum devoted to a broadly-loved artist, the usual response is derision and the thread dies.  I'm ever the optimist, and wanted to see something positive in the way of a lively discussion of the merits of Regina Spektor by like-minded fans.

I need to get over the fact that it's futile to expect to find an online community that shares your exact tastes in every regard.

 

Sorry again!

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13 March 2013
8.25am
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I get where you're coming from, Funny Paper. 70% of what I listen to and love most dates before about 1988. It's become increasingly difficult to come up with anything truly original for a long, long time. It's all been done before syndrome. I just wonder what's to be done in your opinion? And I wonder who is the most recent successful artist that you like?

And as for Regina Spektor, I love her. Have three of her albums, SongsBegin to Hope and FarShe reminds me of quite an obscure late-80s Canadian, Jane Siberry.

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13 March 2013
4.16pm
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Ah yes, Jane Siberry. "Mimi On The Beach"! Her work actually dates back to the early '80s.

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13 March 2013
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mja6758 said
I get where you're coming from, Funny Paper. 70% of what I listen to and love most dates before about 1988. It's become increasingly difficult to come up with anything truly original for a long, long time. It's all been done before syndrome. I just wonder what's to be done in your opinion? And I wonder who is the most recent successful artist that you like?

And as for Regina Spektor, I love her. Have three of her albums, SongsBegin to Hope and FarShe reminds me of quite an obscure late-80s Canadian, Jane Siberry.

I recommend Soviet Kitsch, I think it's her best album.

 

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13 March 2013
5.30pm
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I will search it out, thanks for the recommendation.

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13 March 2013
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vonbontee said
There were a whole bunch of those wispy-voiced piano-stroking women back in the '90s - Sarah McLaughlin, etc. - and I didn't like them either.

Exactly.

On the Rickie Lee Jones reference, I was thinking less of an exact comparison than the proposition that RLJ is kind of the "godmother" of the types you describe above.  Joni Mitchell could easily arguably vie for that title, if she weren't so damned stratospherically above them.

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13 March 2013
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mja6758 said
I get where you're coming from, Funny Paper. 70% of what I listen to and love most dates before about 1988. It's become increasingly difficult to come up with anything truly original for a long, long time.

I have felt the same way, and unfortunately Spektor doesn't satisfy.  But about year ago, by chance while browsing the CD bins of a record store, I discovered a singer who really excites me in a way I haven't felt in decades (though again this is probably a matter of subjective taste).  She's a Brazilian pop star, up and coming (only began in earnest in the 90s), goes by the name simply of Céu.

Samba na Sola ("Samba in the Sun"):

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