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FAR is the fifth studio album by American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
, released in Europe through Sire Records on June 22, 2009 and North America on June 23, 2009 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. 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". 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
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.

"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.

CONTENTS

* 1 Track listing * 2 Reception * 3 Music videos * 4 Chart performance * 5 Personnel * 6 References * 7 External links

TRACK LISTING

All tracks written by Regina Spektor
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

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* 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 – producer * Mike Elizondo – producer * Adria Petty – art direction, photography * Jeri Heiden – art direction

REFERENCES

* ^ " Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Announces New Album, Far". April 13, 2009. * ^ "Dance Anthem of the 80s Video on MySpace". May 8, 2009. * ^ "Performance Wrap-Up: Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Live At WERS". September 24, 2009. * ^ "Pitchfork: Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
Spills About New Album". March 16, 2009. * ^ Rolling Stone magazine issue 1082/1083, July 9–23, 2009. "New York's Screwball Pop Queen" by Jenny Eliscu . * ^ "Far". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-03-14. * ^ Phares, Heather (2009-06-23). "((( Far > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ Phipps, Keith. "Regina Spektor: Far Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ Melissa Maerz (2009-06-17). "Far Music". EW.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ Caroline Sullivan (2009-06-19). "Review: Regina Spektor, Far Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ " Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
- Album
Album
review: Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
- \'Far\' - Album
Album
Reviews". Nme.Com. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ "Regina Spektor: Far :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ " Album
Album
Reviews: Regina Spektor: Far". Pitchfork. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ "Far : Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor
: Review". Rolling Stone. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ "Regina Spektor, \'Far\' (Sir