Thursday, January 11

10. REGINA SPEKTOR: BEGIN TO HOPE


REGINA SPEKTOR sometimes seems to be a bit of a freak. We won't blame that on her Russian heritage, because, to the best of my knowledge, similar "freaks" such as TORI AMOS, KATE BUSH, NELLIE McKAY, and FIONA APPLE don't have an ounce of Soviet kitsch in their genetic make-up.

With 2006's BEGIN TO HOPE, Ms. Spektor seems to have turned a significant corner in her career -- putting together a solid and catchy record that keeps her grounded yet still allows for the occasional flight of fancy. Keep flying that freak flag, Regina; I'm toasting you with a nice swallow of vodka even as I'm typing this.

Regina Spektor on MySPACE.

[MP3] "On the Radio"

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