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    by » 22-03-18, 23:31



    Regina Spektor (Russian: ??????a ????????) 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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    by » 23-03-18, 16:55

    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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    by » 23-03-18, 22:33

    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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    by » 23-03-18, 23:32

    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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    by » 24-03-18, 07:28

    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
    My year(s) in lists by Ivan (2008 - 2013)

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    by » 24-03-18, 13:07

    1 The Visit
    2 Older and Taller
    3 Dance Anthem of the 80
    4 Open
    5 Better
    6 Your Honor
    "Slow Down ,Papi"

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    by » 24-03-18, 13:24

    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 .
    Quote Originally Posted by SummerPeur
    Time stops for the Kween everytime WBT is performed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldmoney
    So does her microphone

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    by » 24-03-18, 15:24

    Quote Originally Posted by SummerPeur
    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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    by » 24-03-18, 15:52

    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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    by » 24-03-18, 15:56

    Quote Originally Posted by SummerPeur
    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
    Really liked what I heard so far tho
    "Slow Down ,Papi"

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    by » 24-03-18, 16:02

    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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    by » 24-03-18, 23:25

    Update tomorrow so hopefully Summer will get his votes in by then!

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    by » 24-03-18, 23:35

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon
    Quote Originally Posted by SummerPeur
    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:
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    by » 24-03-18, 23:41

    (Sorry it took longer!!! - )

    1 The Visit
    2 Better
    3 Your Honor
    4 Dance Anthem of the 80
    5 Open
    6 Older and Taller
    Quote Originally Posted by SummerPeur
    Time stops for the Kween everytime WBT is performed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldmoney
    So does her microphone

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    by » 25-03-18, 10:47

    R1 results



    34. Open
    35. Older and Taller
    36. Your Honor

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    by » 25-03-18, 10:50

    Got through 4/6 of the songs in R1.

    Will give the songs in R2 a listen and make sure I vote in time this time.

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    by » 25-03-18, 10:54

    Quote Originally Posted by leomedar
    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon
    Quote Originally Posted by SummerPeur
    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:
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne
    Got through 4/6 of the songs in R1.

    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 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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    by » 25-03-18, 10:58

    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 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 )

    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 )
    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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    by » 25-03-18, 12:31

    1. You've Got Time
    2. Lacrimosa
    3. Lady
    4. Obsolete
    5. Bleeding Heart
    6. Mary Ann

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    "Slow Down ,Papi"

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    by » 25-03-18, 13:54

    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
    "Slow Down ,Papi"

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    by » 25-03-18, 14:57

    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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