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“Remember Us to Life” by Regina Spektor

By Hanna Schindler
On October 27, 2016

Seasoned singer songwriter Regina Spektor released her seventh full-length album “Remember Us To Life” on Sept. 30 after a four-year intermission between her last full-length album “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats” in 2012. 

Through the release of Spektor’s single “You’ve Got Time,” which was specifically composed for the Netflix Original Series “Orange Is The New Black” and worked as the show’s theme song in 2013, it was apparent that Spektor was experiencing a reinvention of sorts, and I was certain a full-length album was in the near future.

I had high hopes that this album would resemble some of her earlier LPs in the way of lyricism, production and overall continuity, and I was not disappointed. 

Spektor’s last album, “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats”, strayed away from her original sound by using lyrics that were simple and straight forward accompanied by production that was trendy and riskless. 

“Remember Us To Life,” however, is on in every way. In the 11 tracks on the album, there isn’t a dud among them. 

Every aspect that she has come to embody over the years as an artist has seemingly become supercharged on this record. 

From the heartbreaking narratives, to the passionate and witty vocal performance, to the dynamism of her piano playing, Spektor really hits a home-run here. 

All of these expressive facets of the album are only amplified by a lavish performance of backing instrumentation. The songs “Sellers of Flowers” and “Obsolete” exemplify this densely orchestrated instrumentation and express some of the most inventive lyricism on the album. 

On the tracks “The Trapper and the Furrier” and “Tornadoland,” Spektor takes on a more theatrical and satirical persona, which is accompanied by a series of instrumental shifts that add a very dramatic effect, almost giving you a musical visual. 

You can see a biting and critical Spektor stirring around a stage while the criticized are sitting in the audience. 

The album isn’t all heartbreak and doom however, with the track “Older and Taller” that brings Spektor’s fun and witty lyricism center stage. 

There are little ironies all over this track that offer a positive outlook on life. 

Although “Remember Us To Life” isn’t exactly revolutionary or a technical reinvention, in many ways for Regina Spektor it is.  

Other tracks worth mentioning are “Small Bills,” “Black and White” and “Grand Hotel.” 

I could truly delve into every track on this album because each one has something that is at least worth mentioning and is uniquely Regina Spektor. 

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