Rating: Dig It
With several very successful albums under her belt, people have come to have high expectations for Regina Spektor. In this respect Far is not a disappointment. Some may call her style hackneyed and in need of a refresh, but this latest album has something to offer for everyone.
Released on the heels of an EP in late June, it takes a few listens to appreciate the depth of this work. After her last album, the playful and clever Begin to Hope, this album often reflects on the fragility of the human condition and the way in which we understand the world around us. That being said, diverse arrangement does an excellent job of lifting the mood. The standby piano and vocals that Spektor is famous for are amplified through well-produced and synthesized effects, driving percussion rhythms, and orchestral accompaniment.
All in all, an impressive album with something for old and new fans alike (though certainly not a light listen).