"The Sword & The Pen"
Ever since the release of her hit 2006 album Begin to Hope, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor has become a left-field star. On her fifth studio album, this summer's Far, she makes her classical training work with her love of hip-hop, rock and jazz. In the process, she's again crafted an album full of intricate arrangements and witty lyricism.
Spektor's beautiful, clear vocals soar over her delicate piano throughout Far. Over the course of her career, she's shifted from dry, sparse arrangements to more deeply arranged and polished pieces. Nevertheless, Spektor remains the same refreshingly candid performer who began winning fans years ago.