April 14, 2005 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA
by Ashley Graham
The many sides of New York singer-songwriter Regina Spektor are the keys to her success. While her albums are charming, funny and thoughtful, her live show is even more so. On stage every aspect of the album comes to life in the form of one amazing individual who wows her audience with her sharp wit, refreshing talent and adorable demeanor.
During the night’s opening set by new Seattle-ite Knot Pinebox, Regina the Adorable comes into the audience. Petite, smiley and tutu-clad, Spektor rocks in time to the music and claps and yells encouragement to her friend onstage. In her white tutu skirt and sequined top, Spektor is hard to miss simply for the magnitude of the charm emanating off of her, not to mention that she is the star of the show.
That becomes apparent the moment that she steps out of the crowd and Regina the Talented takes the stage. From the set’s first note to its last Spektor is a breath of fresh air. Her songs are at one moment exciting, perky and hilarious and at another thoughtful, complex and sorrowful. Spektor clicks, pops, squeals, sighs, shouts and sings. And when I say sings, I mean REALLY sings. Her voice serves as the perfect complement to the wide array of ideas and feelings expressed. She has one of the most amazing and beautiful and powerful voices you’ll ever hear. And, not only is she talented, she’s also wildly entertaining.
Regina the Comic is who comes out in the between-song banter and witty lyrics. She has everyone smiling during the chorus of “Sailor Song” and has them laughing when she halts the show to wait for two female audience members to stop talking. At the same time, she is shy, whispering a quick “Thank you” in the mic after songs, blushing and usually quickly looking down or reaching for one of her three beverage cups. For nearly the entire show there is a bright smile on Spektor’s welcoming face and the audience can’t help but respond favorably. She ends the night with her song “Baby Jesus” which she claims she feels a duty to perform after the criticism it took from a Catholic church in Toronto. The song receives rave reviews from the crowd.
Spektor’s brand of folk rock is so charming in its content and delivery that it takes hold of you, wraps you in its arms and mesmerizes you. On the albums, including her most recent Soviet Kitsch, Spektor is an obvious talent. Live on stage she is a force to be reckoned with.
Soviet Kitsch is in stores now. Spektor’s U.S. tour wraps up this week before heading overseas for dates through mid-May. For more information go to www.reginaspektor.com.