Regina Spektor is like fine wine. She doesn’t seem to age and she just seems to get better with time. Her sixth musical effort What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is definitely a breath of fresh air, and despite being the most recent tapestry we’re heard from Spektor in 3 years, it doesn’t fail to impress.
The record is not that radically different from much of Regina’s other work, nor did it make that much of an impact on the charts. It’s a lot of melodic piano pieces with Spektor’s versatile voice blanketed on top much like Kristian Matsson, (The Tallest Man On Earth). They generally have their powerhouse voices at the forefront of their music with an accompanying instrument to support. Luckily, Spektor’s voice is so distinct and pleasant that it we all wait with open arms.
While playful and mature, there remains a good blend of love & loss. Honesty is a present theme in many of the tracks including: “How,” about her desire to hold on to the memories of a past low. “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” is the silliest track on the album and it is all-around playful. Towards the end of the album things get darker with tracks like “Ballad Of A Politician” and “Call Them Brothers.”
She did not bring something that sounds all that new and exciting to the table, but she brought back herself with new music and that’s exciting. She is comfortable in her sound, and it is not likely that she will ever sway from it. She is good at what she does. There no reason for her to change. All we can do is hope that she continues to put forth five-star music like this record. Regina Spektor is a true gem.