Regina Spektor: The Survivor | ROUND 11

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Postby Carbon » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:31 pm

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Regina Spektor (Russian: Реги́нa Спе́ктор) is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. She was born in Moscow (former Soviet Union, now Russia), and began classical training on the piano at the age of six. After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City's independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition.

Spektor's songs are not usually autobiographical, but are based on scenarios and characters drawn from her imagination. Her songs show influences from folk, punk, rock, Jewish,Russian, hip hop, jazz, and classical music. She also uses a variety of different and somewhat unorthodox vocal and musical techniques when singing and playing instruments.


Welcome to the artist survivor of my favourite singer in the whole world! This lady marked my high school days discovering music and, even though Tori Amos took over the throne for a few years, Regina wows me more and more with each new album and she is definitely my one and only #1 forever.

I don't know if there will be many interested (counting on leo!), so I will stick to the singles + representatives from her first two albums (the ones she picked for her compilation). Since her catalogue is so much more than her singles, I'll allow nominations of two songs by each participant. So far, we have:

Love Affair
Mary Ann
Pavlov’s Daughter
Oedipus
Prisoners
Consequence of Sounds
Daniel Cowman
Lacrimosa
Carbon Monoxide
Your Honor
The Flowers
Us
On the Radio
Fidelity
Hotel Song
Samson
Better
Laughing With
Eet
Dance Anthem of the 80's
Man of a Thousand Faces
All the Rowboats
Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
How
You've Got Time
Bleeding Heart
Small Bill$
Black and White
Older and Taller


Nominate two songs!
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Postby Carbon » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:55 pm

Obsolete
The Visit

since no one else turned up, I'll add 3 more to get to 36 so we have 6 groups of 6:

Open
Lady
Poor Little Rich Boy
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Postby Carbon » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:33 pm

1 The Visit
2 Open
3 Better
4 Older and Taller
5 Dance Anthem of the 80's
6 Your Honor

this is impossible already. love so many songs
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Postby leomedar » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:32 pm

1 Better
2 Dance Anthem of the 80's
3 Older and Taller: a very Sara Bareilles kind of song
4 The Visit
5 Open
6 Your Honor
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Postby navi » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:28 am

ROUND 1
Rank the songs

(1 = fave) Better
2 The Visit
3 Dance Anthem of the 80's
4 Your Honor
5 Older and Taller
6 Open
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Postby BodyShop » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:07 pm

1 The Visit
2 Older and Taller
3 Dance Anthem of the 80
4 Open
5 Better
6 Your Honor
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Postby SummerPeur » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:24 pm

Can you give me like an hour or so! (In case you’re closing it shortly). I wanna listen to some of these songs. I don’t know Regina that well :).
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Postby Carbon » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:24 pm

SummerPeur wrote:Can you give me like an hour or so! (In case you’re closing it shortly). I wanna listen to some of these songs. I don’t know Regina that well :).
Of course! At least 24h has to pass :)

thank you, navi and BodyShop for joining in!
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Postby Chantal » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:52 pm

1. Dance Anthem of the 80's
2. Open
3. Better
4. Older and Taller
5. Your Honor
6. The Visit
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Postby BodyShop » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:56 pm

SummerPeur wrote:Can you give me like an hour or so! (In case you’re closing it shortly). I wanna listen to some of these songs. I don’t know Regina that well :).
Summer,I did the same ! Was not familiar with her at all :D
Really liked what I heard so far tho :wink:
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Postby Jerz » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:02 pm

1 The Visit
2 Open
3 Better
4 Older and Taller
5 Dance Anthem of the 80's
6 Your Honor
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Postby Carbon » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:25 pm

Update tomorrow so hopefully Summer will get his votes in by then!
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Postby leomedar » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:35 pm

Carbon wrote:
SummerPeur wrote:Can you give me like an hour or so! (In case you’re closing it shortly). I wanna listen to some of these songs. I don’t know Regina that well :).
Of course! At least 24h has to pass :)

thank you, navi and BodyShop for joining in!
And why are you not thanking me :evil: :lol:
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Postby SummerPeur » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:41 pm

(Sorry it took longer!!! - :cry: )

1 The Visit
2 Better
3 Your Honor
4 Dance Anthem of the 80
5 Open
6 Older and Taller
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Postby Carbon » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:47 am

R1 results

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34. Open
35. Older and Taller
36. Your Honor
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Postby Carbon » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:48 am

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Postby Wayne » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:50 am

Got through 4/6 of the songs in R1. :cry:

Will give the songs in R2 a listen and make sure I vote in time this time.
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Postby Carbon » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:54 am

leomedar wrote:
Carbon wrote:
SummerPeur wrote:Can you give me like an hour or so! (In case you’re closing it shortly). I wanna listen to some of these songs. I don’t know Regina that well :).
Of course! At least 24h has to pass :)

thank you, navi and BodyShop for joining in!
And why are you not thanking me :evil: :lol:
:lol: cause you already know the songs and I presumed you'd take part!
though I'm really grateful to all who joined in, fans or not. didn't expect such a turnout, and she's my ultimate fave so it's great to have more than 3 people playing :cry:

Wayne wrote:Got through 4/6 of the songs in R1. :cry:

Will give the songs in R2 a listen and make sure I vote in time this time.
sorry, didn't think you were going to play :oops: glad you checked them out, hoped you liked some

glad that people liked The Visit as it's one of my fave recent songs of hers, but sad that Open wasn't well received, it's so haunting
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Postby Carbon » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:58 am

now for the new round... again tough as I love all of the songs (maybe not Mary Ann that much). I'll try to do little writeups for the songs

1 Obsolete (ok, y'all HAVE TO listen to this till the end. this is literally her biggest masterpiece. a magnum opus so late in her career. I mean the LYRICS alone are just :cry: :cry: idk if they are about an old person, someone with memory loss, or just sth else. and the whole sound reminds me of Radiohead in a weird way I can't explain. just mindblown and teary eyed every time I hear this, especially during the final part :cry: )

2 Lady (inspired by Billie Holiday, and it's a nice homage to Billie's music in the style and lyrics)
3 Bleeding Heart (the part from 3:00 alone is a career highlight)
4 You've Got Time (great, but watching OITNB and that long theme song ruined it a bit for me :lol:)
5 Lacrimosa (sad to rank it so low, mainly because I find her early work too underproduced (this was a one-take recording with no production), but as a song it's genius. the one thing I miss in her newer songs is the mythological elements she would incorporate)
6 Mary Ann
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Postby Chantal » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:31 am

1. You've Got Time
2. Lacrimosa
3. Lady
4. Obsolete
5. Bleeding Heart
6. Mary Ann
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Postby BodyShop » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:47 am

I'm gonna listen to the songs now.
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Postby BodyShop » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:54 pm

1 Obsolete - what a punch in the heart this song is,mybe because of my current moment. Added it to my library.
2 Lady AMAZING SONG!!!
3 You've Got Time
4 Bleeding Heart
5 Mary Ann
6 Lacrimosa
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Postby Wayne » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:57 pm

01 = Obsolete - absolutely stunning track, makes me love UKMIX somewhat more as I wouldn't have otherwise come across a song like this. It gives you a very surreal feeling, almost makes you feel a sense of hopelessness listening to the lyrics.
02 = Bleeding Heart - I'm familiar with this song, I absolutely love the structure and the repetitiveness of the chorus. And once she goes into Kate Bush mode from 02:45 onwards >>> absolutely adore what she does with the song from about 03:05 onwards.
03 = Lady - completely visualised a Billie Holiday or an Etta James over a piano, with a glass of wine singing this. Beautiful, love the saxophone at the end.
04 = You've Got Time - reminded me so much of Blondie, from the backing track to the attitude in the voice being very Debbie Harry-esqe. Decent song.
05 = Lacrimosa - I like her vocals, but I struggled to understand the lyrics at some points. Not a bad song.
06 = Mary Ann - like her vocals but strange lyrics. Not for me.
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