Magazine article Herizons

REGINA SPEKTOR [Soviet Kitsch]

Magazine article Herizons

REGINA SPEKTOR [Soviet Kitsch]

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REGINA SPEKTOR

Soviet Kitsch

Sire/Warner, 2005

If you like your music to have elements of performance art, Regina Spektor might be the next must-have for your record collection. And that's what makes her an unusual choice for a major label. The songs on Soviet Kitsch aren't going to get into rotation on the radio, though you may see the video for "Us" once or twice on a music channel.

Wisely released as a single, "Us" is the most commercially viable song on the album. Piano and strings are used to their best advantage, and there's even a catchy chorus. But fanning out on either side of the disc's fifth track are strange stories and a theatrical sense that attracts fellow artists like Rufus Wainwright to Spektor's music. And she seems to have come by her quirkiness naturally.

Raised on a mix of Western rock and classical music, Spektor learned to play piano at a young age. Her family moved to New York City from Moscow when she was nine, and, as her musical education continued, she discovered blues and jazz and began to mix it all together. …

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