Five reasons to go and see Regina Spektor


This article is from 2009.

Five reasons to go and see Regina Spektor

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.

Regina Spektor

Over-14s show. This expressive singer/pianist from New York is just about the only songwriter to do anything of note with a Kate Bush influence.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Mon 31 Jul

£30.25–£38.50 / 01223 357851

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Thu 3 Aug

£28.88–£50.88 / 0844 871 3014

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Wed 9 Aug

£45.37–£50.87 / 0844 249 4300

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