Regina Spektor released her sixth studio album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats at the end of last month and the album takes her back to how great she was before her last record, Far was released. Far was a good record but it just lacked the same bounce that her music usually has. Her last record was far too boring and didn't catch the listener's ear. This album is less polished than her last one and it is a return to her quirky, fun sound. Yet while Spektor can get weird with the rest of them, she sounds just as confident on her ballads as on her faster, quirky songs.
On "Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)," the bouncy second single Spektor paints a picture of New York City so vividly. The song is simply fun and it more than makes up for her musical mistakes of the past.
The other best song is the gorgeous ballad "How." This song may just be one of the best things Spektor has ever made. "How, how can I forget you now? How can I never see you again? There is a time and placefor one more sweet embrace," Spektor sings heartbreakingly over the piano laced track. The track speaks of coming to terms with the end of a great romance, like Adele's "Someone Like You" for the indie pop crowd.
While "Ballad of a Politician," a social commentary on politics and fame is pure enjoyment some other songs like "Jessica" and "The Party" aren't as memorable, there aren't really any bad songs on the album. There are just awesome songs and songs that are meant to be heard and not listened to.
Below is a video for "Don't Leave me (Ne me quitte pas).