REVIEW: Regina Spektor live was a dream come true

By Sarah Albright

Spektor sings "On the Radio" in Detroit. (Photo by Lindsay Johnson)

Sometimes in life one stumbles upon something so magically stunning that it is hard to find the words to describe such a captivating encounter. That is exactly how I feel trying to put into words how magnificent Regina Spektor’s performance at the Detroit Fillmore, Oct. 13, was.

Spektor is simply one of the most intriguing and most genuine artists out there, and her concert was purely brilliant. The Russian native moved to the Bronx as a child who studied classical piano, and today she writes some of the most captivating music in the business.  Her lyrics are clever and original, and the beats that accompany them are strangely unique as well.

I have seen many shows, but Spektor delivered one of the most satisfying shows I have ever been to.  I was expecting her to cover her new album, “What we saw from the Cheap Seats,” throwing in a few of her classics here and there. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find that she performed songs from all five of her albums.

Not only did I feel like I got my money’s worth, but I also felt like my heart was going to simply stop beating.  Regina Spektor has been my favorite artist ever since I was in high school, and seeing her live was a dream come true. As her voice drifted through the crowd coupled with the dreamy beats of her piano, my mind melted.  Not only was I left impressed by her breezy lyrics and gentle voice, but I felt like a child begging for more of her quirky noises and sounds that she incorporates in her music.  From her deep gulps of air to her hums and buzzes, I was left in awe wondering how she could go from such abstract sounds back to her harmonious melodies without missing a beat.

As if her music wasn’t enough, the singer-songwriter’s comments gave the show such a warm and inviting feel.  She has a way of making her audience feel like her friends rather than a group of strangers, and part of this comes from her mousey, charming comments such as, “Thank you all for existing.  Existence is so awesome.  Maybe nonexistence is awesome too…I don’t remember.”  Then with a quirky smile she continued plunking on her keys as the audience erupted into cheers.

As a devout fan of Spektor, I suggest that everyone should become enlightened by this lovely musician. Her music will leave you feeling cultured and charmed, but her albums do not do her enough justice. If you ever get the chance to see this musician live, I suggest you jump on that.

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