Begin to Hope

Begin to Hope

by Regina Spektor

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Overview

Most folks who are familiar with this New York-based singer and multi-instrumentalist probably got their introduction through her association with the Strokes, a band with which she shares little sonic common ground but plenty of single-minded musical passion. Rather than while away the hours in the garage, Spektor seems like the kind of girl who spends her days looking for a smoky cabaret where the ghosts of Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday hover over the bar -- and on Begin to Hope, she does a pretty swell job of stocking a jukebox ideally suited for such a boîte. Sometimes, as on the jazzy piano ballad "Field Below," she plays things soft and plangent by caressing the listener with the duskier side of her vocal range. That aspect of her voice -- a torch song mastery -- is showcased just as well on "Season," which augments her spare ivory tinkling with a swelling orchestral arrangement. Like any good old-fashioned bohemian, the Russian-born singer doesn't shy away from poking around in the sonic (and psychic) gutter when the mood strikes, and it strikes sharply on tracks like "Better," a knotted blues sure to hit home with Nick Cave aficionados. Every once in a while, Spektor gives in to her flightier side and tries too hard to tweak a simple pop song into an artistic statement. But more often -- as on "Hotel Song," where she flits between scat singing and girl group billing and cooing -- she gets that difficult balance just right.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0093624411222
catalogNumber: 44112
Rank: 3877

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Begin to Hope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing the song Fidelity on XM, I knew I had to have this CD! I got the CD and was blown away ... every song delivers. Spektor's lyrics are quirky, but witty and her voice is uncoventional, but absolutely amazing! That's what makes this CD a must have ... buy it, and you won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
regina spektor has a wonderful voice. her music holds beauty & grace & it still sounds real, like it's coming from her heart. she plays with her voice, crackling & warbling, & you can tell shes having fun & just expressing herself in the way she knows best. it's a great cd, every song is good & unique. you haven't heard anything like it. give it a listen you'll see what i mean :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Spektor has an AMAZING voice with a bit of an accent.. she reminds me of a Norah Jones but with more catchier songs.. my personal favorite is "Samson." Spektor also accompanies her singing with piano and the sound is amazing. Buy this cd, you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very untraditional timing and sometimes off-beat in a simply delightful way. Characteristic voice that can carry wonderfully with ability to stop/start crisply. Just two steps to the left of the usual "alternative" sound. Not too reckless but, rather, clearly defined and unassuming. Sweet and melancholy at times and other times beautifully powerful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing... She has a bit of the Tori Amos and Fiona Apple sound, but this cd is truly fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Regina Spektor, and she has an amazing voice, at first, I only liked Soviet Kitch because it came out on my birthday, but Fidelty and SK are great albums, and Regina has a beautiful voice. If you've never listened to Regina, you are missing out on a lot.
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