Wikipedia has a comprehensive biography/discography for Regina [here], so I'll spare you all that David Copperfield kind of crap and skip right to expounding her virtues. First off, Regina quite literally sounds like nobody else. Sure, her style has a certain Fiona Apple (whom I also love) quality to it, but her voice and her off-beat lyrics are super-unique. A friend of mine once told me that Regina was "very New York," which is both a totally indefinable and totally accurate description.
If you've heard Regina on the radio or seen her video on MTV, you're probably familiar with either the boppy, (relatively) up-beat [Fidelity] or the boppy, melancholy [On the Radio]. Among my online friends, [Samson] has been getting a lot of love, and for good reason: the [lyrics] are ninety different flavors of heartrending and beautiful.
The first Regina song I ever heard was "Samson," but an older, down-tempo version of the song that was featured on the album [Songs]. If I knew where to buy it, I would tell you, because "Samson," "Oedipus," and "Prisoners" are three of my favorite older Regina songs, but alas. I don't know [Soviet Kitsch] that well, but [Us] is fantastic, and the title is a [Kundera reference], so I'd venture to guess that the rest of the album is worth a listen. Older Regina is a bit of an acquired taste, but if you've already been seduced by the more "accessible" stuff on her newest album, chances are that you'll fall in love with her older tracks, too.
So what's next for you, Intrepid New ReSpekt Fan? Well, a couple of choice (free!) downloads are available below, along with Amazon links for a few of her albums, many of which are also available on iTunes. And if you're a New Yorker, you can see Regina live in Brooklyn on November 20th. Tickets are available through [Ticketmaster] or at the [Warsaw Bar & Lounge] box office. For you out-of-towners, here is some [additional tour info] via her official website.
To sum up: Regina Spektor is a sexy, literate Russian-slash-New Yorker with an awesome voice and the kind of lyrics that creep under your skin. I think she's pretty fabulous, and I hope you'll agree.
[Blue Lips] Live at [Tonic] (10/16/2004)
[Hotel Song] from Begin to Hope
[Samson] from Songs
[Begin to Hope]
[Begin to Hope [Special Edition]]
[Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories]
*MP3s are for trial purposes only. Please listen and delete within 24 hours, and most of all, support the artist by buying their albums/singles!