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Regina Spektor
“Us”

Regina is contagious. She’s a smarter, sexier, more creative version of Fiona Apple, and without noticeable behavior problems. Regina’s influences include composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Chopin, as well as artists like Queen, The Beatles, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her music is sometimes filled with wonderful phrases full of arpeggios, and certainly light-hearted other times.

“Grey’s Anatomy” will be featuring another one of her songs, “Fidelity”, tomorrow Night on ABC. She deserves the recognition.


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From the Album: Soviet Kitsch

8 Responses to “Regina Spektor – She’s Contagi-uh-uh-ous”

  1. on 21 Jan 2007 at 8:00 amCrystal

    I should preface this by saying that I am a Fiona Apple fan. It’s true, I’m sorry.

    While I can hear why you would make the comparison, I don’t think it’s entirely fair one. Certainly the instrumentation is similar, and they’re both female vocalists of a certain level of talent. But I found the mood of this song to be entirely different from most Apple songs. I’d have to find more of the album before I could say for sure, but my initial impression is that to compare the two would do neither of them justice.

    That said, I liked the song. :)

  2. on 21 Jan 2007 at 9:27 amJason

    You’re much more objective than I am. I think I was just trying to take a cheap shot at Fiona. I still don’t know why someone would name a CD “when the pawn hits the conflicts………blah blah”, but whatever.

    I used to love Fiona’s music. Used to. For me, she took a Sinead O’Connor-esque nosedive in the court of public opinion when she gave the “this world is bullshit” speech on MTV. That speech opened the doors for other musicians who felt they had a right to make public their political stances. I didn’t think an awards show was the proper forum for that. …. not that I give a crap about MTV anymore. Maybe that’s when MTV “jumped the shark”.

  3. on 23 Jan 2007 at 2:50 pmMary808

    I’m going to 10000% wtih Crystal here. I am also a huge Fiona Apple fan (and I love her behavior problems and insane/inane lyrics). I don’t see much of a similarity listening to this particular song.

    -However-

    This song is very beautiful – my personal tastes are more on the slower and darker side, so this song feels very upbeat to me… pleasant, even.

    I Jason, I’m glad you sent me the other song, Après Moi, as a compliment to this one, and it’s right up my alley. I do like this song (Us), but I am a little turned off by the jerky kinda goofing off she does with her voice at certain times in this tune. It’s a turn off in the same way that Shakira is to me too…

  4. on 23 Jan 2007 at 6:36 pmCrystal

    I do agree that flipping out and telling everyone off at an awards show is not good behavior, and I certainly don’t approve of it. The only people who are allowed to go on and on about their beliefs in that kind of situation are Prince (BECAUSE HE’S PRINCE OK) and Bono (because something about him just makes it ok for me. I can’t explain it, and I’m not even going to try.).

    I kind of agree with Mary as well- some of the showy little vocal jumps really detracted from the song for me. I felt like she would have done better to stick with the simplicity of the song and just let her voice speak for itself (ha). But like I said above, I liked what I heard and I’m definitely willing to hear more. :)

  5. on 23 Jan 2007 at 8:13 pmJason

    I completely agree about Bono. Prince is OK too.

    If you like it — listen to Apres Moi. It’s fantastic, and not as many of those vocal quirks that irk you.

  6. on 07 Feb 2007 at 8:35 pmlpp120

    she reminds me of the lead singer from the Dresdon Dolls…their song Sing just is wonderful…i like regina she has a caberay quality to her voice

  7. on 13 Feb 2007 at 5:16 pmShawna

    I’m a big fan of Fiona too, but I totally agree with Jason on this one, when I heard her on Leno or Letterman a few weeks ago (sorry, new to this site) I totally thought about Fiona.

    I see a similarity in that they both have very unique voices. Their tones and such are not the “norm” or what Simon or Randy or Paula would call “it factor” but something very special that the “masses” would not necessarily understand.

    Their music is mature beyond their years in a certain sense. Take out their personal bullshit, because we know Fiona likes her weed, but musically, Fiona was/is cutting edge to me.

    Totally dig both of them.

  8. on 15 Jan 2009 at 9:50 pmBrittany

    Ragina is a simplistic singer with a soulful voice and amazing piano melodies. Her songs are usually just gibberish but always seem to end up making sense. Some of my favorite songs are loveology, concequence of sound and music box.

    Her indie way of music makes you feel you are in a downtown new york coffee shop.

    She is hilarious. She is talented. She is random. She is music in it’s truest form.

    We love ragina!

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