Five reasons to go and see Regina Spektor
- Nicola Meighan
- 13 November 2009
1 She aches to pupate
From a one-time job on a butterfly farm, to songs about hoarding Red Admirals in her coat, the Russian-born American singer-songwriter is an avid lepidopterist. Her soaring, picturesque odes bear witness.
2 She can shred a joanna
Let not Spektor’s New York anti-folk apprenticeship and erstwhile Strokes allegiance mislead: our quirky pop ingénue is a classically trained piano virtuoso, and an exquisite vocalist. Allied with her twinkling live intimacy, she is irresistible.
3 She’s a daytime TV subversive
Assiduous research (OK, the internet) reveals that our one-time doyenne of DIY arias has appeared on ITV’s lunchtime brouhaha, Loose Women – surrounded by stars from The Nolans, The Bill and those old Bisto adverts. We are this: in awe.
4 ‘God can be so hilarious (ha ha)’
Her sublime piano psalms evoke Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, but Spektor is also everything Alanis Morissette should be. Hence America’s sweetheart is a Soviet immigrant, while Morissette – a Canadian-American 90s bestseller – is mired in finding herself, travelling and misinterpretation. Take note, Alanis: that is ironic.
5 Because blue is the most human colour
‘Blue lips / Blue veins / Blue the colour of our planet from far, far away.’ Amen.
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Tue 1 Dec.