Published Oct 07, 2016Between getting married, releasing the biggest album of her career, having a child and providing songs for movies and TV shows, it's been a busy decade for Regina Spektor, and it doesn't seem like she's slowing down. After a four-year break, Spektor is back with Remember Us to Life her followup to What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, but her time away definitely hasn't hurt her writing.
The singles on this album are definitely its most unique points. Tracks like "Bleeding Heart" and "Small Bill$" are pop-infused, catchy songs, with mixes of harmonies, dark sounds and some of Spektor's sharpest vocal hooks. "The Light" finds Spektor crafting another piano powered ballad like "Us," but with a darker sensibility.
"Obsolete" is quite possibly the most heartbreaking song Spektor's ever written, with undertones of her recent parenthood in the lyrics. The track boasts some of her strongest piano playing to date, with emotion pouring from each note. "The Trapper and the Furrier" is an off-kilter, dark, brooding track that plays an intense back and forth with listeners.
The remainder of the album juggles older Spektor sounds, songs that mix emotional narratives with cinematic composition powerfully, and a quality of composition and tonal variety that never wavers. Remember Us to Life is one of Spektor's strongest records, and one that really requires repeat listens to appreciate every detail and effort. (Warner)