From The Archives: Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats (2012)

Published on 2 September 2022 at 10:45

[This is two of two albums I’m going to discuss that two albums that caused me to become more open minded about what I listen to.]

The second album that expanded my music taste was Regina Spektor’s 2012 masterpiece, “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats”. This was an album that showed me that I didn’t have to only listen to one genre of music.

Initially, I didn’t get into this album as a whole. I recall liking certain songs, but it all comes back to my weird obsession over tempo instead of a message in a song. The day I listened to this album again after hearing Coliseum Rock, things changed.

I could love a rock album and a singer-songwriter album. Not only that, but I could love something released in 1978 and something released in 2012. There were no boundaries. I could love whatever I wanted and my open minded musical landscape began to emerge.

This Regina Spektor album is amazing because it's so unique. Most singer-songwriter albums are the same, a person playing an instrument and singing. Regina Spektor has those elements, and she adds vocal techniques like buzzing noises made with the lips, and it makes her music stand out because no one else does that in the singer-songwriter genre.

Essential Tracks:  Small Town Moon, Patron Saint, All The Rowboats


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