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Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor at the Glee Club

Review by Chris Philpotts, site user
New York singer and pianist Regina Spektor performed at the Glee Club in Birmingham on Wednesday 25 January 2006.

The Glee Club rocked to the sound of Indies’ brightest young sensation Regina Spektor on Wednesday night.

Bursting into the set with an a cappella version of ‘Eight Miles High’, Spektor had the audience captivated from the off.

The hour long set transcended many boundaries and left the audience unsure whether the next song would be more like Bjork or Alanis Morrisette. Tracks like ‘Carbon Monoxide’ showed the depth the lyrics took on, whilst ‘Sailor Song’ allowed Spektor to let her voice have some fun.

Regina’s mixed background that incorporates many cultures was also evident, with many references to religion and political ideologies within the songs.

The anti-folk singers talent shone throughout with drums, piano and the guitar being used to help the mood of the songs (amazingly in a one women performance dual instrument performances were also seen)

The only downside was the lack of communication between Spektor and the audience. No song was introduced and no insight into the meaning and reason was given, in-between songs there was a slight feeling of nervousness also that leapt from the stage. The only time the audience felt involved was in ‘America’, where Spektor urged people to sing along in places.

The small venue suited the occasion as the intimate atmosphere portrayed the feeling coming off stage, this would be lost if bigger venues were booked.

Regina Spektor mixed up sound is definitely one for the future, with a set that is as diverse as I’ve seen, and a sound that cannot really be defined.

The review cannot be finished without a word of praise for the support act ‘Only Son’. The young American, with a touch of Morrissey is a future headliner without doubt.

last updated: 27/01/06
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