Remember Us to Life

Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life
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Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #517 / 878
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Based on 148 ratings
2016 Ratings: #182
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September 30, 2016 / Release Date
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Sire / Label
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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.

Remember Us to Life is one of Spektor's strongest records, and one that really requires repeat listens to appreciate every detail and effort.

The Needle Drop
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor returns with her best set of songs in a while.
Consequence of Sound

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.

The Line of Best Fit

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.


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.


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.

Rolling Stone
Her fifth album, full of brilliant songcraft per usual, performs a similar balancing act between the familiar and the far-out.

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.


Regina Spektor’s latest album takes the unabashed earnestness that has always marked her music and rewrites it in a somber, minor key.

Under The Radar

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.

Drowned in Sound

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.

These songs 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.
Loud and Quiet

It’s music that sounds like something you once heard before, in sixth form, possibly through a garden window at the winding-down stages of a house party ... But no one really minded.

Quite dull, some potential but it definitely isn't capitalized on here.

Best Track: Small Bill$
Worst Track: The Trapper and the Furrier
I wasn't too sure whether or not I should check this album out or not for quite a while because I had never heard her previous stuff, but I'm really glad I took the time to listen to this, I had an awesome time. I've returned to it very frequently since my initial listen, the biggest thing to praise about this album to me are her vocals, they are fucking awesome all over this thing, especially on the song Tornadoland which was a big highlight for me. Big fan of this LP, will definitely check ... read more
regina spektor comes back to form with a batch of hard hitting songs, each of them special in their own way
ReSpekt blesses us with a fabulous return on her first new record in four years. Although she's made regular appearances in laptop speakers around the world during that time by way of Orange is the New Black theme song "You've Got Time," Remember Us to Life comes nowhere close to that song's rock leanings. Instead, it's Reg's most classically-rooted record yet.

My favorite thing about this record is that it sees Regina embracing her inner stage nerd; the theatrical songs here are ... read more
Beautiful and charismatic singer/songwriter Regina Spektor returns with her day-to-day poetry on Remember Us to Life, another one of her delicate and charming records. Throughout the album's tracklisting, much of her usual aesthetics can be found, hardly escaping her self-created world of vivid imagery and the considerably stagnated state of her art, now far from the notorious underdog she was someday. Still, the artist displays a few highlights here, mostly noted on the electronic soundscapes ... read more
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#9/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. Bleeding Heart
  2. Older and Taller
  3. Grand Hotel
  4. Small Bill$
  5. Black and White
  6. The Light
  7. The Trapper and the Furrier
  8. Tornadoland
  9. Obsolete
  10. Sellers of Flowers
  11. The Visit
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