Begin To Hope (Limited Edition) (Special Edition) CD (2006)

Artist: Regina Spektor

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Regina Spektor’s last album, 2004’s Soviet Kitsch, garnered praise from Time, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and many others. But this Russian-born, Bronx-bred singer-songwriter-pianist, who emerged from the NYC café circuit, continues to expand her vision. On Begin To Hope, produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Sublime, Sugar Ray), she broadens here palette with electric guitar, drum machines and seductive electronic loops, finding new canvases for her provocative vocal style. Hope for pop has arrived with Regina Spektor.

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Label Sire / London/rhino
SKU 202575824
UPC 093624431527
UPC 14 00093624431527
Format CD
Release Date 6/13/2006
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Author Regina Spektor
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Stems And Seeds
Compilation Appearance My Sister's Keeper (Ost)
Compilation Appearance 500 Days Of Summer (Soundtrack)
Compilation Appearance Best Imitation Of Myself:retrospectiv(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Boardwalk Empire Vol 1 (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Orange Is The New Black (ost)
Compilation Appearance Fox Searchlight:20th Anniversary
Compilation Appearance Box Office Hits
Compilation Appearance Boardwalk Empire V3:music Hbo (ost)
Technical Info
Engineer Craig Bishop; David Kahne; Craig Bishop
Producer Regina Spektor; David Kahne; Regina Spektor; David Kahne
CatalogID 9362443152
Lable Name Sire
Released 06/13/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 4s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624431527
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Regina Spektor; Shawn Pelton (drums); Nick Valensi (guitar).
Audio Mixer: David Kahne.
Recording information: New York Noise Studios, New York, NY; Seesquaredstudio, New York, NY.
Illustrator: Christopher Frederick.
Photographers: Christopher Frederick; Adria Petty.
BEGIN TO HOPE finds anti-folk chanteuse Regina Spektor taking a small step away from piano balladry into the brave new world of the pop song. And what pop songs they are. Spektor's voice takes the foreground over sparse arrangements of guitars, strings, some electronic beats, and yes, piano. Her singing, if you can believe it, is even better than it was on SOVIET KITSCH: intimate, playful, and full of jazzy phrasings. She slips effortlessly into falsetto and scat in a manner reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. "Hotel Song" finds Spektor singing whispery and smooth over humming organs and a muted snare drum. In "On The Radio," she sings about hearing G'N'R's "November Rain" while plucked strings and synth arpeggios go noodling on behind her. This is an album full of surprises, not the least of which is how lovely the effect is overall.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Spektor shows off her gorgeous, fluttery voice, her burgeoning writer chops and her God-given quirks..."
Rolling Stone (p.104) - Ranked #21 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "Her vocals are intense..."
Spin (p.88) - 4 star out of 5 -- "Funnier than Fiona Apple and sexier than Nellie McKay, she gets freakier with her classical training than Alicia Keys."
Q (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he 25-year-old remains comically kooky..."
Q (p.116) - Ranked #82 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
Alternative Press (p.224) - 4 out of 5 -- "BEGIN TO HOPE finds Spektor still enjoying the ride, this time with better production, and flittering along with stream-of-consciousness tunes..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Spektor has finally embraced her pop roots and it's the knowing details that resonate..."
Disc 1
1 Fidelity,Another Town
2 Better,Uh-merica
3 Samson,Baobabs
4 On The Radio,Dsseldorf
5 Field Below,Music Box
6 Hotel Song
7 Apr?s Moi
8 20 Years Of Snow
9 That Time
10 Edit
11 Lady
12 Summer In The City
Disc 2
1 Fidelity,Another Town
2 Better,Uh-merica
3 Samson,Baobabs
4 On The Radio,Dsseldorf
5 Field Below,Music Box
6 Hotel Song
7 Apr?s Moi
8 20 Years Of Snow
9 That Time
10 Edit
11 Lady
12 Summer In The City

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