She’s back with a new album! It’s quirky, it’s knotty, it demands attention. No, not Fiona Apple—Regina Spektor.
She’s a hip, waifish chamber pop workhorse, steadily releasing good albums for ten years now. After countless club dates and opening act sets (always a bridesmaid, Ms. Spektor), her songs are more polished, her profile more prominent. She’s still got bundles of indie cred in the bank despite a Top 20 album and a contract with Sire. This new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, is at least as good as her breakthrough Begin to Hope. Poignant songs of loss like “Firewood” and “Small Town Moon” sit alongside more fun pieces like “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and “Oh Marcello.” Original, eclectic, and rewarding, this is one of the best albums of the year.