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Far is the fifth studio album by American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, released in Europe through Sire Records on June 22, 2009 and North America on June 23, 2009[1] The album's first single, "Laughing With", was uploaded to Spektor's MySpace page on May 8 and was released as a digital download on May 18 in the United States
United States
and parts of Europe, along with the b-side "Blue Lips". Two viral videos for "Dance Anthem of the 80s" and "Eet" were also released on Spektor's MySpace account.[2] The official music video for "Laughing With" was released on iTunes on May 26, 2009. A special edition of the album was released with two bonus tracks and a DVD, which included four music videos. Spektor decided to work with multiple producers on the album. She has compared composing an album to taking a class, and as such, she wanted to have "multiple professors".[3] She also felt the multiple producers would allow them not to worry what the single or big hit would be. The most notable producers include David Kahne, who produced her last album Begin to Hope, and Jeff Lynne, former member of Electric Light Orchestra and The Traveling Wilburys. Although Lynne has an expansive musical background, Spektor did not know of his work when she originally met him.[4] "Regina's songs are like literature," said Lynne, who doesn't usually work with new artists, but said that Spektor's demo tapes blew him away. "It hits you right in the face how brilliant it is," he said. Lynne produced four songs for the album.[5]

Contents

1 Track listing 2 Reception 3 Music videos 4 Chart performance 5 Personnel

5.1 Certifications

6 References 7 External links

Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Regina Spektor.

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "The Calculation" Mike Elizondo 3:11

2. "Eet" Mike Elizondo 3:52

3. "Blue Lips" Jeff Lynne 3:34

4. "Folding Chair" Jeff Lynne 3:35

5. "Machine" Mike Elizondo 3:55

6. "Laughing With" Jacknife Lee 3:17

7. "Human of the Year" David Kahne 4:07

8. "Two Birds" Jacknife Lee 3:18

9. "Dance Anthem of the 80's" Jacknife Lee 3:43

10. "Genius Next Door" Jeff Lynne 5:06

11. "Wallet" Jeff Lynne 2:28

12. "One More Time with Feeling" David Kahne 3:59

13. "Man of a Thousand Faces" Mike Elizondo 3:11

Deluxe edition

No. Title Producer(s) Length

14. "Time Is All Around" Mike Elizondo 3:06

15. "The Sword & the Pen" Jeff Lynne 3:48

iTunes bonus track version

No. Title Producer(s) Length

14. "Time Is All Around" Mike Elizondo 3:06

15. "The Sword & the Pen" Jeff Lynne 3:48

16. "Riot Gear" David Kahne 2:06

17. "The Flowers (Live, Begin to Hope
Begin to Hope
Tour)" (Pre-order only)   4:04

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 74/100[6]

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [7]

The A.V. Club (B+)[8]

Entertainment Weekly (B+)[9]

The Guardian [10]

NME (6/10)[11]

Paste (49/100)[12]

Pitchfork Media (4.8/10)[13]

Rolling Stone [14]

Spin [15]

Robert Christgau (A-)[16]

Bevan of Spin said that Spektor, in "The Calculation", "purrs a scenario of love and hurt that plays out in the breakfast nook..."[17] Powers of the LA Times said of "Eet": "It's not just cute."[18] Maerz of EW praised the album's quirkiness. He said of "Folding Chair" that she "literally sings like a dolphin" and that "Wallet" is the "best song ever inspired by a Blockbuster card."[19] Dolan of Rolling Stone said that "Laughing With" is a song that "ends collapsing in an existential freakout over a soft beat and weeping cello."[20] MacKay of NME
NME
said "Human of the Year" has "a typically Spektorian conceit" and her "remarkable, gutsy voice vaults to the rafters of heartbreak."[21] Skinner of Insounds called "Genius Next Door" a "spiralling Gothic narrative that comes on with all the otherworldly beauty of a Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami
story." The album does not aim "at ideas above its station" nor does it "flounder in search of unity."[22] Regarding "Man of a Thousand Faces", Neibaur of Frequency said that the "pathos of the lyrics is still strong enough to make the Incredible Hulk tear up a bit".[23] Blacklow of Access Hollywood called the album a "wonderful soothing summer sound".[24] Lewis of the Cord Weekly said "Spektor delivers gloomy tales of turmoil, complemented by slow, haunting piano notes that could just as easily accompany a horror film."[25] Snyder of the New Haven Advocate said that, overall, Spektor has "redirected some of that freaky stuff, tweaked and perfected it, to a new place where it fits better" and that the songs are "sometimes kind of serious."[26] Neibaur of Frequency states that "Far pleases every auditory appetite."[23] Far scored 74 on Metacritic, which signifies "generally favorable reviews".[27] According to Neibaur, "The stark contradictions of critics relating to Spektor exemplify a larger problem in modern music criticism—very few writers truly analyze music from an artistic perspective any longer."[23] In a June 24, 2009 interview, Spektor remarked that: "I mean, in this book, it's music criticism from the 19th century, and they're ripping Tchaikovsky a new asshole, but the thing that really gets me is that it's written so beautifully. It's nasty reviews in beautiful language, and that's what I want," she says. "My dad will forward me some of the stuff people write about me, and I think it's all bullshit. It's all, 'Oh, this sucks, that sucks, blah.' I don't want that. I want you to write poetically about how bad I suck." [28] Music videos[edit] Four music videos have been released and can be viewed on her MySpace. These videos, all directed by Tom Petty's daughter Adria Petty, are also available on a bonus DVD included with the deluxe version of the album.

"Laughing With"[29] "Eet"[30] "Dance Anthem of the '80s"[31] "Man of a Thousand Faces"[32]

Chart performance[edit] Far entered the official UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
at number 30[33] It also sold 50,000 copies in its first week, entering the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number three. In the Canadian Albums Chart, Far debuted at number 16. The album has spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard 200.[34]

Chart Peak position

Australian ARIA Album
Album
Chart[35] 10

Austrian Album
Album
Chart[36] 41

Belgium Album
Album
Chart (Flanders)[37] 37

Canadian Albums Chart[38] 16

European Top 100[39] 82

French Album
Album
Chart[40] 99

Irish Album
Album
Chart[41] 24

New Zealand Album
Album
Chart[42] 38

Swedish Album
Album
Chart 8

Swiss Album
Album
Chart[43] 53

Billboard 200[44] 3

Billboard Top Digital Albums 5

Billboard Top Internet Albums 3

Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums 24

Billboard Top Rock Albums 36

UK Albums Chart[45] 30

Personnel[edit]

Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
– co-producer, lead vocals Jeri Heiden – design, photography Sam Bell – editing, engineer Adam Hawkins – engineer Beck Henderer-Peña – engineer David Kahne – engineer, mixing, producer, programming Marc Mann – engineer Steve Jay – engineer Tom McFall – engineer Brent Arrowood – assistant engineer David Kahne – engineer, programming Tom Whalley – executive producer Brendon T. Sharkey – illustration Ron Shapiro – management Bob Ludwig – mastering Adam Hawkins – mixing Jacknife Lee – mixing, producer Marc Mann – mixing Michael H. Brauer – mixing Steve Jay – mixing Ryan Gilligan – pro-tools engineer, assistant mixer Will Hensley – pro-tools engineer, assistant mixer Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne
– producer Mike Elizondo – producer Adria Petty – art direction, photography Jeri Heiden – art direction

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[46] Gold 35,000^

United States
United States
(RIAA)[47] N/A 265,000 [48]^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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Regina Spektor
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Regina Spektor
Live At WERS". September 24, 2009. Archived from the original on September 28, 2009.  ^ "Pitchfork: Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Spills About New Album". March 16, 2009.  ^ Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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Regina Spektor
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External links[edit]

Far at Metacritic Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
official website " Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Finds Strength in Numbers". Rolling Stone. March 20, 2009.

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Regina Spektor

Studio albums

11:11 (2001) Songs (2002) Soviet Kitsch
Soviet Kitsch
(2004) Begin to Hope
Begin to Hope
(2006) Far (2009) What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
(2012) Remember Us to Life
Remember Us to Life
(2016)

Live albums

Live at Bull Moose Live in California 2006 EP iTunes Live from SoHo Live in London Live on Soundstage

Compilation albums

Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories

Songs

"Carbon Monoxide" "Your Honor / The Flowers" "Us" "On the Radio" "Fidelity" "Samson" "Better" "Summer in the City" "Edit" "Laughing With" "Eet" "No Surprises" "All the Rowboats" "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)" "How" "You've Got Time"

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