Regina Spektor
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
November 17th, 2012 | 143 replies | 3,635 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Utilizing her creativity and incredible voice, Regina Spektor has crafted one of the most beautiful and quirky albums of 2012.

Having never heard Regina’s earlier albums, this review won’t be making any comparisons to her highly acclaimed works such as Soviet Kitsch. Instead, my goal is simply to explain why What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is not only an enjoyable pop release, but one of the best albums of 2012. Such a statement is always met with doubt or skepticism, but there’s a certain charm in Spektor’s music that makes her really hard not to enjoy, even for those who aren’t usually into the pop genre.

As one might expect from a pop album, one of the most rewarding aspects of Spektor’s 2012 release is found in her incredible vocals. Unlike some pop singers, she sounds quirky and highly original which keeps the album from sounding like just another pop release. She’s labeled as “Indie-Pop” and it’s not hard to see why. Rather than rely on cheap gimmicks like mainstream pop artists the album is overflowing with creativity such as heard on ‘Oh Marcello’ or the third track ‘Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)‘. The latter is one of the most upbeat and likeable songs on the record and Spektor sings in French in the chorus, but the use of trumpets really brings the song to life. Other songs such as ‘Ballad of a Politician’ also show Spektor’s not afraid to try something new. The track is highly satirical and sarcastic, but in a brilliant way that only a talented singer/songwriter could pull off. The instrumentation is lighter than most the songs on the album as the song relies mostly on Spektor’s sassy but loveable attitude.

Apart from the more upbeat and experimental sounding tracks, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is packed with beautiful piano laced ballads. ‘Firewood’ contains perhaps Spektor’s most gorgeous vocals on the record and it is accompanied by lighthearted piano notes. ‘How’ is nearly as enjoyable and follows a similar song structure, but one of the nicest surprises on the album is found in ‘The Party.’ Unlike the other ballads it is extremely peppy and just forces a smile onto the listeners face with it’s joyful and upbeat nature.

Whether you’re looking for unique and upbeat pop songs or some more laid back pop ballads, there is enough variety on Spektor’s newest release to please just about anybody. The young indie pop star has been making waves ever since her breakthrough album “Soviet Kitsch” and although I haven’t heard that album, this release is sure to keep please longtime fans as it stands out as one of the most impressive releases of 2012. From Regina’s beautiful voice and the somber piano to the creative lyrics and song structures, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is a fantastic and charming album.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


kind of a short and sweet review but this album needs more attention.

ballad of a politician:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnYDuKSzQpM

Firewood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMutAOEQ5I

Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6j48HOLBI




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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


thanks will do yeah i don't listen to much pop but this is fantastic bumping to a 4.5

cinaedus
November 17th 2012



26296 Comments


spegina rektor

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


did i spell it like that? haha where?

cinaedus
November 17th 2012



26296 Comments


Summary: What we saw from the cheap seats was Regina Spektor release her lowest rated album yet

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


this is the only one i've heard but it's nearly perfect IMO

cinaedus
November 17th 2012



26296 Comments


crazy

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


have you heard it?

cinaedus
November 17th 2012



26296 Comments


nope

DarthMann
November 17th 2012



13476 Comments


i h u

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


sup darth

Tyrael
November 17th 2012



20714 Comments


neg

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


hehe review's short and doesn't do the album justice but it's become one of my favorite releases of 2012

DarthMann
November 17th 2012



13476 Comments


nm

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you really need to get her other albums as soon as possible if you think this is a 4.5

but then now that I've set that, I bet you will check them all out but still like this one the most in the end. first-album-itis, happens all the time (happened to me with Spektor albums too, no regrets)

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


@Aids,

I'm planning on it. I had this as a 4 but bumped to a 4.5 because i think pretty much every song is great. i don't have the deluxe version just the one with 11 songs not sure if that makes a difference.

Apollo
November 17th 2012



10239 Comments


Great review

I hate this chick and all of her music, do not understand the appeal at all

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012



19383 Comments


thanks sorry you don't like her : (

XingKing
November 17th 2012



9991 Comments


This music is really irritating but nice write up!

OmairSh
November 17th 2012



9873 Comments


Seems intriguing, there's always room for light hearted songs. Good review Atari :-), negged.

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