Vivid pic­tures in songs about life

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Regina Spek­tor is truly on to a beau­ti­ful thing with her al­bum Far.

While seem­ing quite bonkers at times, such as mim­ick­ing a dol­phin on Fold­ing Chair, us­ing oom­pah tuba notes as bass on Two Birds, or sim­ply by us­ing her unique vo­cal in­flec­tions, per­haps her kook­i­ness be­lies some­one who’s very much in touch with the mixed-up world we live in.

Spek­tor man­ages to paint some vivid mu­si­cal pic­tures in her songs of ev­ery­day life, poignant at times such as in her con­tem­pla­tions of God on Laugh­ing With, and at other times charm­ing in its sim­plic­ity as in her tale of find­ing a wal­let in the aptly named Wal­let.

Mu­si­cally, Far un­der­plays Spek­tor’s pi­ano abil­i­ties, though it max­imises her vo­cal range, leav­ing her sound­ing some­where in be­tween Avril Lavigne and Suzanne Vega. There’s much to like on this lat­est re­lease, and it’s cer­tain to ei­ther raise a smile or eye­brows – it mat­ters not which.

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