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On far, Regina Spektor's fifth LP and first since her mainstream breakthrough Begin to Hope, the pop songstress sets romance mostly aside and instead considers life in broader strokes. While it wouldn't be a Spektor album without a couple of love songs, most of her stories here are about death, feeling lost and — more so than in the past — faith and religion. In "Laughing With," she suggests that God is laughing at everyone; in the haunting "Human Of The Year," which is set in a cathedral, she likens religious idols to everyday people, singing, "The icons are whispering to you/ They're just old men/ Like on the benches in the park/ Except their balding spots are glistening with gold."
More than anything, Far is a mainstream pop album with no shortage of hooks: Tracks like "Eet" and "Laughing With" were made for commercial radio. Longtime Spektor fans, though, will likely gravitate most toward "Folding Chair," in which Spektor does her best dolphin impression, and the synth-backed "Dance Anthem of the '80s," which starts with Spektor making cymbal noises and singing in unison alongside a simple piano line. The lyrics on far require a bit more deciphering than those on… read more »