Regina Spektor’s career could perhaps best be described as twee, if it were possible to remove all judgmental sentiment from the word. Her tendency to eschew indie-pop convention in favour of awkward song patterns and an almost unbearable earnestness continues on her latest album, Remember Us to Life. Like the rest of her discography, the album embraces a whimsical sound that’s saved from the trap of the indie-pop genre by its honesty.
Remember Us to Life’s more experimental tracks, “Bill$” and “Tornadoland,” are the album’s strongest. “Bill$” is an indictment of the rich with bitter, lilting backup vocals and a soulful, burlesque-style tone, while “Tornadoland” marries meaningful lyrics with rustling melodies, building a layered and intricate song.
The album lacks the standout songs of her previous work — Remember Us to Life has neither a radio-friendly single nor a song so mournful you’ll weep.
It’s true that Remember Us to Life is unlikely to win Spektor hundreds of adoring new fans or widespread critical acclaim. But it’s still a delightful album from a talented singer-songwriter that fits nicely within her 15-year career.
[Kate Jacobson -@kateljacobson]