Regina Spektor - Far
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Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #231 / 856
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2009 Ratings: #132
June 23, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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Far reads like an artist sitting down and focusing in on what they want to be as an artist. It feels like an album in which Regina Spektor was reflecting on her own artistic output and honing in on where she wanted to be. Rather than the outrageous and quirky girl on Soviet Kitsch, and rather than developing a larger studio sound, Spektor comes in with an introspective album in which she tones herself down and allows the music to speak for itself.

Unfortunately, this artistic decision to me ... read more
( ☆☆☆ ) nice concept, a bit irregular/boring at times.
Regina Spektor is my favorite musician. Point blank. The first album I listened to from her is her best: "Soviet Kitsch." I think that album is perfect.

"Begin to Hope," her next album, wasn't so perfect. It was still good. It's REALLY good. But it's no "Soviet Kitsch," and it was lacking the creative energy that Spektor brought to the table with that album.

Is "Far" as good as "Soviet Kitsch?" Nope. Is it a worthy follow up? Yeah. It ... read more
After Begin to Hope didn't really match Soviet Kitsch in terms of "wow, what did I just listen to," it looked like Regina Spektor was going to start breaking away from her Soviet Kitsch roots entirely and go down a more studio produced path. And then she didn't.

Does Far match up to Soviet Kitsch? No. Does it matter? Not really. It's a shame her peak was so early but Far is still an album that deserves to be listened to, with her wonderful songwriting capabilities fully on display. ... read more
I don’t know what it was that led me to dismiss “Far” for so many years while liking all of Regina Spektor’s other albums, but I revisited it on a whim and it’s perfectly good, absolutely on par with her other releases (save “Soviet Kitsch” and “Begin to Hope”). Though a few choice quirks come off as Spektor performing Spektor (the dolphin noises in particular stand out), “Far” is the sound of an artist leaning into her newfound ... read more
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