|Regina SpektorA mere five years ago, Regina Spektor was hypnotizing small crowds at hole-in-the-wall venues on New York 's Lower East Side. After playing hundreds of shows in and around NYC, Spektor became the talk of the burgeoning music scene. Though she was selling many copies of CDs she had recorded and produced with friends (11:11 and Songs), it was her next album, Soviet Kitsch, that would become her calling card. Originally released as a CDR and handed out at shows, Spektor signed with Sire Records who re-released Soviet Kitsch in 2003. While touring nationally and abroad in support of Soviet Kitsch, Spektor began as an opening act but by year's end was the main attraction. Going from 200-capacity venues to selling out 1,300 capacity-venues like New York's Irving Plaza and London's Shephard Bush Empire, this Russian-born chanteuse's songs have gone from being burned in her bedroom to receiving a worldwide fanfare. Though in love with playing shows to her rapidly growing audience, Spektor had written hundreds of songs since Soviet Kitsch and was eager to get back into the studio.Abandoning her usual method of production and opting for a new experience, Spektor holed herself up at New York Noise Studios in NYC's Meatpacking District with seasoned producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney). Spending two months during the summer of 2005 working on her fourth release (this new album is also considered her major label debut), Spektor had the opportunity to experiment "until a little Frankenstein was born." Taking two months to record was a huge amount of time by Spektor's standards, since she had recorded her Songs record in 1 day and Soviet Kitsch in 10. "To work like this had been a dream of mine, but I thought it would be years before it happened. I definitely tried to put every aspect of myself into it. We played with wires and sounds, set the lab on fire a bunch of times, laughed and started again.""Before I even started I knew I was going to experiment with things I've only thought about, like beats and drums," explains Spektor, a multi-instrumentalist. "I really wanted to play with electronic instruments and bigger arrangements. Still, on this record, there are some songs where it's really sparse. You don't want to arrange just for the sake of arranging. I had to be careful so the music wouldn't be more fun to make than to listen to."