Friday, November 20, 2009

Regina Spektor

About a year ago, I was terrified that after releasing "Begin To Hope" Regina Spektor was going to slip into female singer-song writer obscurity. Thankfully, my fears were fallacious as her third LP, "So Far", is a remarkably mature album that has been well received by a wide audience.

Amazingly, Regina decided to finish her North American tour in Louisville, and I was fortunate enough to see her perform tonight at The Palace with a few friends. Granted, we had to brave an onslaught of adolescent girls whose existence is somehow given meaning by Regina's quirky lyrical imagery and wistful-yet-optimistic arrangements, but it was an obstacle/annoyance we were willing to face.

The set list:

The Calculation
Folding Chair
Ode to Divorce
Laughing With
One More Time With Feeling
Blue Lips
On The Radio
Dance Anthem of the 80's
Silly Eye-Color Generalizations
Bobbing for Apples
That Time
Apres Moi
Poor Little Rich Boy
Man of A Thousand Faces

Sailor Song
Hotel Song
Love You're A Whore

Sans "Musicbox", the concert was everything I expected and hoped. In fact, I think I would have been happy with just the encores. I was also glad to discover Regina spent most of the day exploring Louisville and informed us that is was a "$@*&ing awesome city."

That it is.


Jerry said...

Nice review. I loved it too. I was thrilled to see her at the beautiful Louisville Palace. By the way, it wasn't "The Call". It was "Man of a Thousand Faces".

michael said...

Thanks for the correction Jerry. Changing it right now.