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Regina Spektor – Far

Regina Spektor - Far

Track list:
1.The Calculation
2. Eet
3. Blue Lips
4. Folding Chair
5. Machine
6. Laughing With
7. Human Of The Year
8. Two Birds
9. Dance Anthem
10. Genius Next Door
11. Wallet
12. One More Time With Feeling
13. Man Of A Thousand Faces
14. Time Is All Around
15. The Sword & The Pen

Far is Regina Spektor’s third album since signed to a major label, however fifth album overall. It was released on the 23rd of June, 2009 and reached number 3rd on the American Billboard charts.

Regina Spektor has come a long way over the years, from being a girl who sung and played the piano while self releasing her albums to becoming one of the growing talents in the music industry. I didn’t really know what to expect for Regina’s new album, her previous album Begin To Hope was starting to edge on mainstream however Regina has informed us, yet again, that she belongs in the “alternative” category.

Much like Spektor’s previous album the songs with a more “mainstream” sound are placed at the beginning, as if to ease her listeners into her wacky music. However, we are soon thrown headfirst into what Spektor does best, kooky songs that are skilfully deep, however at the same time don’t make much sense.

Spektor is a skilful writer in every sense, musically and lyrically. Musically this album was a masterpiece it was subtly simple. Piano arrangements can be seen in every song, and man has Regina refined her piano over the years. Lyrically this album is quite frankly AHMAAAAZING. From dolphins squeaks to emotional wails… it’s all there.

As well as have political and deep lyrics Spektor also manages to make them catchy. Eet is a song about forgetting our favourite songs; “it’s like forgetting the words to your favourite song, you can’t believe it you were always singing along. It was so easy, the words so sweet. You can’t remember, you try to feel the beat.” Spektor provides a scary insight of what the future may make of us in Machine where we are “hooked into machines” and “downloaded daily”.

While most of the songs have piano as the main instrument, each song has its own individuality. Songs are easily distinguishable, which can sometimes be hard to find these days when artists have found their niche. The only consequence that can be seen here is that the transitions from one song to another aren’t very smooth and there is less closeness in each of the songs, but nevertheless as I think the style that Regina has presented on Far suits her perfectly.

The majority of the songs on Far are not ballads as such, but emotion pieces, however Regina provides a pit stop every now and then with light hearted songs such as Folding Chair and Dance Anthem Of The 80’s. Contrasting to this Spektor provides haunting ballads such as Human Of The Year, Man Of A Thousand Faces, The Sword & The Pen and Genius Next Door which takes my pick as the best song on the album, hands down.

Far returns to Spektor’s anti-folk ways. Whilst Begin To Hope showcased lyrics which focused more on feelings rather than fictitious stories, Far delves into anti-folk which Regina has clearly mastered. Anti-folk suits Spektor, because it gives her more opportunities to let her extraordinary imagination run wild. Far seems almost like a story book where we meet all kinds of mystical characters such as Karl Projectorinski from, who unknowingly won the title of Human Of The Year. We meet the Man Of A Thousand Faces who sites down at the table and smiles to the moon, and speaks words as quiet as stains. We meet the Genius Next Doorwho believes that the antidote is orgasm and gets high while mumbling German fables.

Far is an advancement, while returning to her old and best anti-folk style. It showcases many sides of Regina Spektor, from humorous to pensive, while telling us about her life as well as the fictitious characters of this album. Spektor has mastered this album with superb albeit minimalistic arrangements while presenting ideas about everything from God’s sense of humour to how dolphins should sing. Spektor is on a mission and is a force that is not to be reckoned with… for after all, her eyes are bifocal.


The Calculation | Eet | Blue Lips | Folding Chair | Machine | Laughing With | Human Of The Year | Two Birds | Dance Anthem Of The 80’s | Genius Next Door | Wallet | One More Time With Feeling | Man Of A Thousand Faces | Time Is All Around | The Sword & The Pen



Overall Rating:
5 Stars
5 stars

Regina Spektor - Far



Beyoncè – I Am… Sasha Fierce
April 20, 2009, 7:20 pm
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Beyoncè - I Am... Sasha Fierce

Track list:
[Disk One]
1. If I Were A Boy
2. Halo
3. Disappear
4. Broken-Hearted Girl
5. Ave Maria
6. Satellites
[Disk Two]
1. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
2. Radio
3. Diva
4. Sweet Dream
5. Video Phone

I Am… Sasha Fierce is Beyoncè’s third solo studio album. It was released on the 8th of November, 2008. It reached number one on the American Billboard Charts.

For her third studio album Beyoncè has been original and conceptual by splitting her album into two parts, which span two disks. The I Am… part of the album shows Beyoncè’s softer side, which is portrayed through the ballads on the first part of the album. Part Two features sexier side, portrayed through her alto ego Sasha Fierce. Splitting the album into two parts was a clever idea, as having one half ballads and the other half upbeat songs means that there is variety throughout.

Beyoncè - I Am... Sasha FierceI Am… starts off with If I Were A Boy, much like the name suggest Beyoncè sings about if she was a boy and how much better it would be, because of less pressure, etcetera etcetera. Somewhat stereotypic al views are expressed here, and in the latter part of the album Beyoncè contradicts herself with the song Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), which is also full of gender stereotyping. Halo, Disappear, Broken-Hearted Girl, Ave Maria and Satellites also show the sweet and sincere side of Beyoncè. Halo is definitely the most aggressive ballad on the album with Beyoncè using her powerhouse vocals to bring the song to life. Disappear and Satellites show a softer side of Beyoncè with sweet and soft vocals. They have sweet lines throughout such as “We exist in our own space. We have all the love we need and when we’re apart I cannot breathe” found in the song Satellites. Ave Maria is a beautiful song which showcases an almost operatic side of Beyoncè. I Am… is the softer side and conservative side of the album.

However, things heat up quickly with Sasha Fierce which starts with the upbeat, fun and catchy Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). Beyoncè has female backing vocals to enhance her voice. Arrangements on Sasha Fierce are retro and upbeat Beyoncè - I Am... Sasha Fierceand range from mid tempo songs such as Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and Video Phone, to fast songs such as Radio and Sweet Dreams. Diva is the best example of retro, reggae pop found on Sasha Fierce. Diva is one of those rare few songs where the repetitiveness of it makes it that whole lot better. Here she chants the lines “Ima Ima Ima a diva, Ima Ima Ima a diva. Nah nah nah nah Diva is a female version of a hustler, of a hustler” with style. Video Phone shows Beyoncè’s sexiest side yet with provocative lyrics and singing. Video Phone along with the rest of Sasha Fierce shows a new fresh side of Beyoncè that isn’t seen on previous albums. Beyoncè is the main proucer of the album however she worked with some other famous producers and songwriters such Toby Gad and Ryan Tedder which helped showcase a more profound sound through a careful mix of instruments and synth to exhibit the sassier side of Beyoncè through her ego Sasha Fierce.

Both halves are well produced, catchy and well written. The two halves of the album are a great listen and provide music for every occasion, whether you’re in a quite mood or a partying mood. Beyoncè has pressed all the right buttons and created an album that is versatile and durable. Her music on I Am… Sasha Fierce is designed to withstand many listens without getting old, which is rare in the American music industry these days. Beyoncè has showcases a more mature sound on I Am which gives the album depth, however she has not overdone this and has balanced it out with catchy dance tracks on Sasha Fierce which will satisfy pop fans. In a nutshell I Am… amazed by this high quality album, however I can’t say I’m surprised because this diva just can’t place a foot out of line at the moment!


If I Were A Boy | Halo | Disappear | Broken-Hearted Girl | Ave Maria | Satellites | Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It | Radio | Diva | Sweet Dreams | Video Phone



Overall Rating:
5 Stars
5 Stars

Beyoncè - I Am... Sasha Fierce


Beyoncè – B’Day
April 19, 2009, 1:49 pm
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Beyoncè - B'Day

Track list:
1. Déjà Vu [Featuring Jay-Z]
2. Get Me Bodied
3. Suga Mama
4. Upgrade U [Featuring Jay-Z]
5. Ring The Alarm
6. Kitty Kat
7. Freakum Dress
8. Green Light
9. Irreplaceable
10. Resentment
11. Check On It [Featuring Bun B & Slim Thug]

B’Day is Beyoncè’s second solo studio album. It was released worldwide on the 4th of September, 2006. It was released on this date because it marked Beyoncè’s 25th birthday, hence the name B’Day. It reached number one on the American Billboard charts.Beyoncè - B'Day

B’Day was originally scheduled for release in 2004, as a follow up to her debut solo album Dangerously In Love, however due to other commitments such as the movie Dreamgirls, which she starred in, this album was two years late. However it was well worth the wait! B’Day shows a more profound and sassier side of Beyoncè which could not be seen clearly in Dangerously In Love. From the first track on the album, Déjà Vu it is immediately noticeable that Beyoncè’s vocals have greatly improved, and aren’t drowned out by the arrangements, like they were in some songs on the album Dangerously In Love.

Beyoncè - B'DayBeyoncè has developed a unique style, which is present throughout all the songs. While she has variety in all the songs, they all have the same feel about them which makes the album feel personal. It really feels like Beyoncè has given part of herself to us in B’Day. For the first half of the album Beyoncè asks her lover to “give me some sugar mama” and other sassy “I want you” messages. In Get Me Bodied Beyoncè chants “We can skip small talk, lets get to the chase. A little sweat ain’t gonna hurt no body… get me bodied. You want my body won’t you get me bodied”.

For the second half of the album this mood changes dramatically where the main subject matter is taking a stand and not having a lover. In Kitty Kat she complains that her lover is not coming home on time and she’s “not feeling it” and even goes as far to say “your sex ain’t all that.” In Freakum Dress she tells her lady followers that sometimes they just need to go out and have a fun time without being tied down by a man. At the end of the song she sing-talks the lines “every now and then you’ve gotta go back to the closet and put you FreakumBeyoncè - B'Day dress on.” Green Light depicts her lover telling her leave (i.e Green Light to leave) and in Irreplaceable she asks her lover to go and put his possessions in “a box to the left.” Resentment has the same subject matter as all of the previous songs on the second half of the album, however it lacks power and attitude like the other songs. The album ends on a happier note with Check On It, which was featured in the 2006 remake of The Pink Panther.

B’Day is executed well, much thanks to Beyoncè’s powerful and unique voice. It features a variety of different music styles while maintaining the same musical underlay throughout. The albums messages contradict each other, however the lyrics pretty good, except for one extremely corny line in Kitty Kat where Beyoncè tattles the lines “I’m taking back the things I got from you, you and that includes my sweet little nooky too, too.” In the words of the diva herself “If you’ve got it flaunt it”, Beyoncè clearly has it and she’s flaunting it with style.



Déjà Vu | Get Me Bodied | Upgrade U | Ring The Alarm | Kitty Kat | Freakum Dress | Green Light | Irreplaceable | Check On It

Suga Mama | Resentment



Overall Rating:4.5 Stars4½ Stars

Beyoncè - B'Day


Utada – This Is The One

Utada - This Is The One

1. One And On
2. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – FYI
3. Apple And Cinnamon
4. Taking My Money Back
5. This Is The One (Crying Like A Child)
6. Automatic Part II
7. Dirty Desire
8. Poppin’
9. Come Back To Me
10. Me Muero

This Is The One is Utada’s second English album (third including her Cubic U album), however overall it is her 8th album. It was released on the 14th of March, 2009 in Japan. In America it was released digitally on the 24th of March, 2009 and physically on the 12th of May, 2009. This Is The One reached third on the Oricon charts with debut sales of 77, 832. In the States it did not perform as well, managing to reach 178 on the Billboard 200, however despite this it did have high digital sales reaching number nineteen on the iTunes charts.

Five years and three albums later Utada Hikaru releases her second English album under the family name of Utada. The half decent opening of On And On gives us a taste of the Americanised lyrics splattered throughout the album. Arrangements throughout are relatively straight-forward especially for Utada, whose previous English album Exodus is known for its experimental edge. Interesting arrangements can be seen in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – FYI, which is a remake of the Ryuichi Sakamoto’s instrumental song MerryChristmas Mr Lawrence, Taking My Money Back, Dirty Desire, Poppin’ and Me Meuro which when translated into Spanish means “I’m dying”. Although being Utada’s least experimental album we do see a new, previously unseen side of Hikki. Dirty Desire shows a sexy and naughty side which is rarely seen with many Japanese artists.Suggestive lines can be heard throughout the song such as “When I’m alone at night, I sit and fantasise” and “I’ve gotta make you mine, can you feel my dirty desire, dirty desire…?” Poppin’ shows a partying and clubbing side of Hikki with the lines “I wanna see the bottles poppin’” and the hilarious line “oops did I turn you on?” Me Meuro shows a suicidal side of Hikki with the lines “Now and then I’m suicidal” which will have her diehard fans worried.

This Is The One also shows a more sensual side of Utada with the beautiful R&B ballads; Apple And Cinnamon, This Is The One (Crying Like A Child) and the lead single Come Back To Me. All these ballads showcase a different and deeper side of Utada, which is seen in earlier albums, however never in previous English albums. Apple And Cinnemon is a song about what could have been, if Utada and her ex were still together. This Is The One (Crying Like A Child), which is easily the best song on the album, is a heart breaking ballad, with simple acoustic and R&B elements. With sentimental lines such as “How could I ever love another? How could you say you don’t remember? God knows I’d give anything for just one more night together. Today I miss you more than ever. How could you say you don’t remember, this ones for the happy days, I’ll be wishing you forever.” It’s pretty hard not to like this song. However the mood is quickly killed by the following song Automatic Part II which had fans wrongfully excited. When it comes to music Utada releases songs that sound fresh and loveable, however Automatic Part II rebels this trend, being one of Hikki’s most annoying and unlikable songs.With recycled pop beats and robotic like vocals, its an automatic reaction to instantly dislike this song. However it does have on catchy line: “Hello my name is Utada like dadadada” In Taking My Money Back Utada stands up for herself and is strong; “Now I finally see, that you were using me and I’m taking my money, my money, my money back.”

Tracks are thoughtfully placed, however without an interlude, there is a big jump in atmosphere, especially between This Is The One (Crying Like A Child) and Automatic Part II. The majority of the album sounds fresh and is likable and in my honest opinion is a lot better quality than a lot of the other leading American R&B artists.

So the big question. Is this really the one? Well yes and no. This album is not the one if you are looking for Hikki’s experimental style found in previous albums. However it is the one if you are looking for a feel good American pop record, with quite good, yet at times strange lyrics. After all Utada stated in an interview that all she wanted to do is create a good American style pop record and I respect her for that.



 Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – FYI | Apple And Cinnamon | Taking My Money Back | This Is The One (Crying Like A Child) | Dirty Desire | Poppin’ | Come Back To Me | Me Muero

On And One

Automatic Part II

 Overall Rating:4.5 Stars4½ Stars



Utada – Come Back To Me
January 8, 2009, 6:19 am
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Okay everyone, be prepared to see Hikki in a way that you’ve never seen her before. Her English single (and although not officially released) is out today… and it’s a moment I have been waiting for, it’s been almost nine months and we haven’t heard anything from Hikki, but despite my doubts Utada has been working hard creating a new album, which is expected to be out 24th of March in America and the 4th of March on Japan.


1. Come Back To Me

Come Back to Me starts off with brief, but energetic piano solo – Utada’s deep breathy voice follows soon after, from the first note she hits you can instantly notice that her voice sounds the same as her “Japanese voice”. It is deeper, more emotional and more soothing than a hot chocolate in the middle of winter. Utada has clearly aimed this single for an American audience, as the arrangement and beats sounds like mainstream R&B found on American radio stations. This means that this is more likely to be a hit in the US, as it does not sound as foreign or as obscure as her debut English album Exodus (excluding Easy Breezy and Let Me Give Me Your Love). The lyrics depict Utada cheating on her lover and then asking for a second chance. Utada sings these lyrics with emotion and pain. The lyrics do sound American, but they are above average (maybe not for Utada) for an American audience. At some points they are very clever (“I wish I could Photoshop all our bad memories, because the flashbacks won’t leave me alone“). This song reminds me of something that Mariah Carey would sing, because her voice sounds very similar to hers, and that’s a good thing for an American audience because Mariah Carey is one of America’s biggest exports. So all in all – Does this have the potential to be a hit in the US? I certainly think so, Utada really has captured the American vibe in her music – and whether American’s think the same? As Hikki sings, only time will tell.

Rating4.5 Stars4½ stars

The Veronicas – Hook Me Up

The Veronicas - Hook Me Up
1. Untouched
2. Hook Me Up
3. This Is How It Feels
4. This Love
5. I Can’t Stay Away
6. Take Me On The Floor
7. I Don’t Wanna Wait
8. Popular
9. Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were)
10. Someone Wake Me Up
11. All I Have
12. In Another Life

Hook Me Up is the second album by Australian Twins Jess and Lisa Origliasso, and peaked at #2 on the Australian ARIA chart, selling 164, 000 copies in Australia. It has been certified double platinum.

Untouched – the second single, starts off with some amazing, fast paced strings and some electro beats. The “oohs” and “aaahs” at the beginning of the song are effective. The Veronicas vocals are strong, however in the chorus they sound somewhat strained, but I think that’s the effect they were going for. The violins are carried throughout the strings and sound melodic. The lyrics are heartfelt and are sung with emotion. This is the perfect way to start any album.

Hook Me Up – the first and most successful single, starts off with some electro beats. Jess comes in and starts singing, the first verse, which is probably the best bit of the song. The chorus is very repetitive and somewhat whiny, which I found to be somewhat annoying, however the beats are catchy… and slightly addictive. I also really like the line, “I wanna feel the rain in my hair.” Doesn’t really make sense, but certainly is catchy.

This Is How It Feels would have to be the most aggressive song on the album; the lyrics are full of revenge, which adds more emotion. The Veronicas seem clearly distressed by the break up, stating “I hope it hurts”. The chorus is very catchy and gritty. I also like the guitar that is added towards the end of the piece. The outro at the end is also addictive; repeating the line “do you only want me, ‘cause you can’t have me?” over and over.

This Love – the third single, takes a more quiet heartfelt song. I really like the clapping beat present throughout. The lyrics are quite emotional. I liked the fact that The Veronicas whispered some lines, it added the overall effect.

The opening of I Can’t Stay Away sounds like something out of a horror movie, however the step-clap beats quickly enter the scene, in this song I really like the metaphors they use, by referring to someone as a drug – “I’m conflicted, inhale now I’m addicted”. Their vocals are extremely powerful and full of emotion, however this time they don’t sound as strained.

Take Me on the Floor – the fourth (and so far final) single. This is easily the most catchy and controversial song of the lot. From the minute the song starts I was hooked by the catchy dance beats. The chorus is so damn catchy with the “Take Me on the Floor, da da da da da da da.” It’s hard to review this song ‘cause I find myself dancing to it as I type.

The circus fair sound that starts I Don’t Wanna Wait quickly gets extinguished by pumping drums and electro beats. Even though this wouldn’t be a ballad, it is slow paced. The lyrics are once again full of emotion, however, I did find it to be somewhat, repetitive.

Popular is a tongue and cheek song about – you guessed it, being popular. It is in true Veronica style extremely catchy, and even though the lyrics are extremely plastic (but at the same time very amusing) they do actually have an element of truth to them. This song is quite aggressive, and might annoy some people, because of the fact that the song doesn’t really have much substance, but you have to look at this song upside down to get the real meaning out of this song… they’re being sarcastic, when they talk about popularity and fame. I have to admit this would be an awesome Britney Spears song.

Things slow down with Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were) The distorted guitars, are amazing and add mystery to the song. The lyrics are extremely well written, and all about revenge, however The Veronicas still seem sad when they sing this song. In the chorus some electro beats are displayed; which I really enjoy. The Veronicas vocals in this song are relaxed, but at the same time extremely emotional.

The opening to Someone Wake Me Up is mysterious and unique; however I feel that the first verse of the song is very cliché, however the Veronicas redeem themselves in the chorus. Overall – loved the chorus. The verses – well they’re okay.

All I Have would have to be the most emotional song on the album, in my opinion. The Veronicas showcase their best vocals, and they’re lyrics are amazing too. This song is about cheating; and wanting someone back, and admitting they made a mistake… sort of weird though because in “Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were)” someone cheated on one of The Veronicas, and he admitted he was sorry, and they apparently “just don’t care” so why should the boyfriend of the Veronica who cheated on him “just not care either”? However I have to say that this song would be the strongest song on the album, everything is perfect about it, I can’t really find any faults on it. I also really enjoy the piano added at the end, something we don’t normally see from them.

Well actually we do sometimes because In Another Life the opening is only piano. The Veronicas stated that this is their most emotional song, I agree it is emotional, but this song can’t really compare to “All I Have”, however The Veronicas stated that they were crying throughout this song, and it’s true if you listen really carefully you can hear one of them (I forgot if it’s Lisa or Jess) cry. The song starts out slow, but later electric guitars are added… and drums. So I guess you could call this a rock ballad.

The Veronicas second album surprised me immensely, while I was not to keen on their first album, I find they’re second album to be of exceptional quality. The Veronicas have taken a new direction, to the world of electro pop-rock, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this album.

5 Stars
5 stars

Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope [Special Edition]
July 25, 2008, 12:04 pm
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1. Fidelity
2. Better
3. Samson
4. On the Radio
5. Field Below
6. Hotel Song
7. Après Moi
8. 20 Years of Snow
9. That Time
10. Edit
11. Lady
12. Summer in the City
[Bonus Tracks:]
13. Another Town
14. Uh-merica
15. Baobabs
16. Düsseldorf
17. Music Box

Begin to Hope is Regina’s fourth album, but second since being on a major label. It debuted at 20 on the Billboard, and was certified Gold in America, Australia and New Zealand.

Shake things up with the hit single Fidelity. From the first note you can tell that Regina is not your average singer. Her voice is soft and relaxed, but very powerful and emotionally charged. This song talks about – you guessed it, Love, and how she never fully commits. This song is likable, but honestly I can’t see why it was the major single of the album, there are better songs on this album, but still a catchy song.

Opening Better are some soothing piano chords; however the piano soon turns into an electric guitar and the tapping of a high-hat. The song sounds pretty average. The lyrics are quite fun though, but nothing stellar.

Regina changes vocal styles in Samson and from the first minute, you can tell. This ballad is so calm, but Regina’s voice showcases a lot of emotion, which I think is vital in a ballad. The lyrics are slightly quirky, but extraordinary and poetic. Regina is an amazing lyric writer!

Catchy beats open On the Radio followed by some sweet “Ah’s” by Regina. From the moment Regina sings you can tell that these lyrics will be wonderful. The piano isn’t as prominent as some of her other songs, instead it is replaced with synthesised beats, which are extremely catchy. An excellent song!

Field Below is a mysterious song, with a mysterious opening, mysterious (not the mention poetic) lyrics, and mysterious vocals. I don’t really know what this song is about, but I can tell you that it is beautiful.

Come in and listen to Hotel Song, I’ve got to show, show, show you. This catchy song is clever and definitely shows Regina’s eccentric style. The soft backing drums, bells and Regina’s voice create a sad, but at the same time happy atmosphere, something I can’t really describe.

One of the highlights on the album is definitely Après Moi. This dramatic track has very deep and extremely poetic. It is quite repetitive, but in this case it really adds to the overall atmosphere. This song is one of the most dramatic songs I’ve ever heard, (perhaps not as much as Destiny -Taiyou no Hana – by Hitomi Shimitani, which I have to say is a probably the most dramatic song I’ve ever heard, anyway I got a bit sidetracked then didn’t I? – moving on…) which is a real treat because not many songs are emotionally dramatic. I can’t get over how good this song is, it really just is amazing.

20 Years of Snow is another mysterious song, right from the beginning to the end, you don’t know what to expect. I have a vague idea of what Regina is talking about in this song, the lyrics are really deep. I love it towards the end when Regina sings “Feel the waltz”. It really is epic!

The opening of That Time is possibly the most catchy opening I have ever heard, and the lyrics are equally catchy and very quirky, so if you’re not into weird music then this is definitely not for you, but if you do (like me) then you’ll love this song and I highly recommend it to you.

Edit opens with a fuzzy sounding amplifier/speaker and then moves into a catchy piano tune. The lyrics are quite short for a full length song. The lyrics for the whole song is as below, and as usual, this song is very quirky and clever.

“White lines on your mind
Keep it steady
You were never ready for the lies You don’t have no doctor Robert
You don’t have no uncle Albert
You don’t even have good credit
You can write but you can’t edit.”

Pretty cool ‘eh?

Lady sings the blues so well”. Wow this opening line is so powerful. Regina’s lyrics, vocals and style in this song remind me of something by Amy Winehouse, I guess it does a slight resemblance. Regina’s vocals are truly at their best here! This is one of the longest songs on the album clocking in at 4:45.

Summer in the City is full of clever lyrics and a soft piano line. However nothing really caught my attention in this song is pretty average, but nonetheless it has above average lyrics, however Regina has written better songs before.

Another Town is another extremely catchy song, I love how Regina clicks her tongue at the end of lines. “Another Town” has a beautiful chorus consisting of the words “I love you…” In this chorus mellow and deep guitars are added, which I think is really sweet! I really like this song!

Uh-merica I have to say is a very weird song. I don’t really mind that however I know that some of you will hate this song, especially when Regina emphasised the phrase “UH” in “Uh-merica”. And the crowd screaming with the “UH’s” will annoy some people, however I think that this song is very sweet. It is probably one of Regina’s most melancholy songs.

Baobabs is another, hmm how shall we say -unique song, but nevertheless very clever, as are all of Regina’s songs. The lyrics are melancholy, but amazing talking flowers and thorns (metaphorically) and not raising children in “this” city, because of the negative effects.

Düsseldorf is strange and charming. The lyrics are of great quality and follow a very simple and affective structure, the same type of structure as in “That Time” and “Another Town”, however this song is more appealing. One of Regina’s best.

Besides the first and last verse this song has nothing to do with a Music Box. It’s more about washing up the dishes – Regina style, such as “setting all the bottle caps she owns afloat“. Yes, it’s quirky and fun and that’s how I like Regina.

Begin to Hope I believe is an improvement from Soviet Kitsch which was still an excellent album. Begin to Hope is more “polished” and smoother in terms of lyrics, instruments and transitions. All of the tracks were thoughtfully placed, and I can tell Regina gave it everything she’s got! This is one of the most unique albums I have heard and definitely fits into the “Alternative” category. I am looking forward to Regina’s new album, as this album was a pleasure to listen to and I don’t have any regrets buying it

4.5 Stars4½ stars