What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Studio Album by released in 2012

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats review

Regina Spektor, native of the USSR

The world constantly changes, superstates disappear, leaving legacies for the future generations. Thus, the Soviet Union collapsed and that meant that many people found themselves in a tricky situation: they were born in the country that did not exist anymore. Regina Spektor was one of them. She was born in Moscow, in a family that was really into the music. The singer’s father is a violin player, and her mother is a teacher of music. No wonder that Regina became a person, who was incredibly fascinated by art, and it just could not happen any other way. Compositions of various composers always sounded in their house, from the world classical creations to The Beatles. The family moved to the Unites States of America in 1989, and there Regina got a classical professional musical education. In 2001 Spektor issued her self-recorded debut album 11:11, and its copies were quite successfully sold during her shows. Regina’s second long play with a touching and simple title Songs had pretty much the same destiny. With time the young and promising artist was discovered by lots of people, and of course at certain period Spektor was noticed by representatives of major sound recording companies. Thus, the release of Regina’s first album called Soviet Kitsch recorded in a serious studio with professional equipment took place in 2004. Since that moment the singer’s career started to pick up steam, because the artist’s every single new work did not disappoint listeners – instead, it was proving to them self-containment of Regina Spektor. In 2012 she issued the sixth studio attempt What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. It is the time to find out how strong it has proved to be.

Amazing atmosphere of What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Regina Spektor’s creativity has always been very bright and distinctive, and luckily it remains just the same. Moreover, it differs greatly form the mass of other pop-music, and the singer can get for this nothing but sincere respect. The composition called Small Town Moon was honored to open the long play – a good choice indeed with the notes of rock and merry pop-motives. The song Oh Marcello will make listeners smile, and not even once – both music and lyrics bring only positive emotions. This act is followed by a major composition Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas), where Regina sings in French. Well, a combination of traditional melodiousness and one of the most romantic languages in the world proved to be an excellent choice indeed. A beautiful ballad Firewood will a little bit slow the tempo down. Its delicate arrangement lets the listeners enjoy Regina’s vocals in a full volume. But anyways, the following track Patron Saint will take music lovers back to the channel of more audacious and vivid melodies in no time. A confident final chord in the long play is performed by a calm acoustic song called Jessica. The entire long play lasts a bit less than forty minutes, but it really flows in literally one breath.

Music for careful listening

It is quite logical that many artists strive to perform music which would sound both well on home acoustic system and from the stage in huge concert halls. It feels that Rgina Spektor is not one of these musicians. That singer deals with her art in a more sophisticated and delicate way. She does it more responsibly, if you prefer. So there is absolutely different atmosphere on her albums – very cozy and almost familiar. Well, in that very aspect What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is not an exception, which is definitely good. Eleven fascinating compositions are waiting for connoisseurs of sincere music and real emotions. It is quite unlikely that all these songs will be permanent residents of broadcasts of the most popular radio stations. But Regina’s compositions are not made for the passing listening, they were created to make a listener enjoy and feel the atmosphere. These compositions, taken away from What We Saw From The Cheap concept, will not loose their topicality, but it is much more interesting to get acquainted with them within the framework of the entire album. If you are a little bit tired of assembly-line music and want to enjoy songs that really have soul, then Regina Spektor’s brand new creation will be your choice and source of joy.