Album Review: Home, Before and After by Regina Spektor
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Sputnikmusic - 80 Based on rating 4.0/5
Up the mountain, but not without the occasional valley.
Regina Spektor possesses an undervalued trait that seems to be shared among some of the most resilient musical acts: the ability to consistently add new layers to a tried-and-true formula without having the foundation crumble. Refinement and reinvention are both essential components for artistic longevity, and Regina always seems to know precisely which direction to lean into and when. She launched her career on an anti-folk platform, with 2004's Soviet Kitsch espousing her most abrasive and peculiar brand.
Regina Spektor is one such artist. Having emerged from New York's early-2000s anti-folk scene, she enjoyed a deserved breakthrough with 2004's Soviet Kitsch - which defined her brand of songwriting; unburdened, piano-led and defiantly earnest. Spektor's eighth album - and first in six years - stays true to the Russian-American's core strengths, moving between tasteful balladery and chamber-pop experimentation.