Regina Spektor provided the soundtrack to my twenties. I remember seeing her live and thinking that she was, quite possibly, the coolest and most talented person to ever sit at a piano.
Warbling along to the entire of her 2006 album, Begin to Hope, is up there with screeching along to Jagged Little Pill in terms of all-round sing-a-long satisfaction. Even my next-door neighbours would agree (or not).
Regina’s new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats was released back in May. Her latest single is Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas). Mega-fans will recognise the song because an early recording of it appeared on the 2002 album, Songs.
Whilst the song is lovely, it is the video that has reminded me of how fabulous Regina Spektor is. She frolics around a hotel room being all sorts of spooky, kooky and weird. She is one of the few musicians who can pull off “kooky” without being plain annoying. Instead, she becomes her own surrealist art installation and looks awesome in a beret.
This song and weird-ass video have reignited my love of Regina Spektor. At this rate, she’ll be a shoo-in for the soundtrack of my thirties.
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats is available on iTunes.