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Artist: Regina Spektor
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Learn more about Begin To Hope (Limited Edition) (Special Edition):

Format: CD
Sku: 202575824
UPC: 093624431527
UPC 14: 00093624431527
Release Date: 6/13/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fidelity ~ Regina Spektor
2. Better ~ Regina Spektor
3. Samson ~ Regina Spektor
4. On The Radio ~ Regina Spektor
5. Field Below ~ Regina Spektor
6. Hotel Song ~ Regina Spektor
7. Apr?s Moi ~ Regina Spektor
8. 20 Years Of Snow ~ Regina Spektor
9. That Time ~ Regina Spektor
10. Edit ~ Regina Spektor
11. Lady ~ Regina Spektor
12. Summer In The City ~ Regina Spektor
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Another Town ~ Regina Spektor
2. Uh-merica ~ Regina Spektor
3. Baobabs ~ Regina Spektor
4. Dsseldorf ~ Regina Spektor
5. Music Box ~ Regina Spektor
 
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.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Regina Spektor; Shawn Pelton (drums); Nick Valensi (guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: David Kahne.
Muze PNote Recording information: New York Noise Studios, New York, NY; Seesquaredstudio, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Christopher Frederick.
Muze PNote Photographers: Christopher Frederick; Adria Petty.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Regina Spektor; David Kahne; Regina Spektor; David Kahne

Engineer: Craig Bishop; David Kahne; Craig Bishop

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Box Office Hits
Muze Music Compilations Stems And Seeds
Muze Music Compilations My Sister's Keeper (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 500 Days Of Summer (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Best Imitation Of Myself:retrospectiv(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Boardwalk Empire Vol 1 (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Orange Is The New Black (ost)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/13/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362443152
Music Label Name Label : Sire
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624431527

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..."

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