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regina spektor unveils tracklist for new album
May 8, 2009, 9:50 pm
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080509_reginaspektorFirst single from Far up on Myspace now

One of the year’s most anticipated releases just got a whole lot more exciting with the airing of the first single and – finally! – a confirmed tracklist. Far, the long-awaited follow-up to Regina Spektor’s 2006 major label debut Begin To Hope, will feature 13 new songs, including several that some fans will already be familiar with from her live shows. First to hit the airwaves is ‘Laughing With’, which premiered today on Regina’s Myspace and will be available to buy from May 18th. The song, described by Rolling Stone as a “spiritual plea”, is a slow-burning track that offers a part-serious, part-humorous sideways glance at religion with some interesting lyrics.

In a recent interview with RollingStone.com’s The Smoking Section, Regina had this to say about the song: “I worked with Garrett [“Jacknife” Lee] on that song in London. I almost didn’t put the song on any of the demos, because it was one of those songs that when I wrote it, I thought, ‘This could go both ways. This could be a really terrible song or this might be good.’ I thought it might be a very bad song. Then Garrett said he really liked it and he wanted to work on it. I’m still very surprised when anyone likes it, and the fact that it got a really warm welcome by my record label. My friend Rosemary said to me that she loved it. I guess it makes me happy, because it makes me see that sometimes something that I’m not even sure about or think might suck, I should still try and show it to people because it might be of some use or have its own little spot in the world.”

As recently as last month Regina admitted that she still had to whittle the final tracklist down by another three or four songs, having already slimmed them down from the dozens she has recorded. “It hurts my feelings sometimes that some of them are not going anywhere. I will wake up and be like, ‘But this song’s not on it and this song’s not on it.’ I’m going to have to narrow them down into a record, which I always do, anyway. Right now I have 16 or 17 songs, and of course, I don’t even think that fits the length of the CD. I’m going to have to narrow them down again. Then I send the producers more.”

Thanks to the fantastically comprehensive fansite ReSpekt Online, below you’ll find free downloads of live versions of three of the ‘new’ songs – ‘Human Of The Year’,’Man Of A Thousand Faces’ and enduring live favourite ‘Dance Anthem’ – as well as an early studio version of ‘Folding Chair’. Far is released on June 22nd through Sire Records.



01 The Calculation
02 Eet
03 Blue Lips
04 Folding Chair
05 Machine
06 Laughing With
07 Human Of The Year
08 Two Birds
09 Dance Anthem
10 Genius Next Door
11 Wallet
12 One More Time With Feeling
13 Man Of A Thousand Faces 


Regina currently has the following dates lined up in the UK & Ireland, with more to come.

29.06.09 Serpentine Sessions, Hyde Park, London
11.07.09 Oxegen Festival, Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin
12.07.09 T In The Park, Balado, Scotland
17.07.09 Latitude Festival, Southwold

Alan Pedder


FREE MP3: Regina Spektor, ‘Folding Chair’ [early version]

BONUS MP3: Regina Spektor, ‘Human Of The Year’ [live]
BONUS MP3: Regina Spektor, ‘Dance Anthem’ [live]
BONUS MP3: Regina Spektor, ‘Man Of A Thousand Faces’ [live]


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