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"Far" Regina's Next Album :D

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I can't find any fault with this album. Even the new funky Blue Lips I can get on board with. Sure the raw 11:11/Songs/Soviet Kitsch are great, but Far introduces such a new expansive sound that you can't not love if you are a sonic-phile.

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Originally posted by MusicLover_2007:

I can't find any fault with this album. Even the new funky Blue Lips I can get on board with. Sure the raw 11:11/Songs/Soviet Kitsch are great, but Far introduces such a new expansive sound that you can't not love if you are a sonic-phile.

I personally love the production of the record, from what I've heard (I haven't allowed myself to listen to all of it yet, I wanna save a little for release day!) I really love the new Blue Lips, I personally thought the old live versions, albeit pretty, dragged a little. The intro on the new version is lovely too.

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Chart Watch: far is back on the US iTunes Top 100, at #89! It peaked at #18 when it first became available for pre-order.

far is at a new peak of 25 on US Amazon!

Laughing With is staying strong on Billboard's "Hot Singles Sales" chart, down to #45 in its fourth week.

On another note: I think its just genius that "Man of a Thousand Faces" is the last track... It leaves you with that "I want to hear more!" feeling that makes it impossible to stop listening to the album. Once I have it on my iPod, I think it'll be in constant rotation for about a month.

This gives me an idea: Let's make it a contest! Starting on June 23, who can go the longest without listening to anything but far? Hehe...

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Hi! I finally listened to "Far" yesterday and here's my review! I had only heard Eet, Folding Chair, Laughing With and Dance Anthem, and I had never had the pleasure of listening to the live recordings of the old songs.

1 - THE CALCULATION: This is supposed to be the "Fidelity" of the album: mainstream, lighthearted and fun. It's not as good as Fidelity, but it's really nice nonetheless, I really like it, and I think it's a great starter.

2 - EET: When I heard it for the first time with the video it gave me shivers. I burnt it into a CD as quickly as I could, played it in my bedroom, and danced and jumped to it until my bones ached. It just such an uplifting, happy, beautiful work of art that when I heard it I thought "Oh my God this is like SO IMPORTANT!". It reminds me of "Better" but THIS is better.

3 - BLUE LIPS: As I've said, I hadn't heard the live recordings. God this song is so GORGEOUS, it's magical. I mean, it's a little masterpiece.

And the lyrics are just perfect.

4 - FOLDING CHAIR: I LOVED the live recording, and I think this album version is worse. It's not really the production; it's Regina's performance I don't like. Anyway, the dolphin sounds are so cool! haha

5 - MACHINE: Just awesome. That feeling of impending doom that smells like Russia. It reminds me of that movie "Metropolis", and of all the Industrial Revolution in general. Just great.

6 - LAUGHING WITH: Loved it right from the start. The perfect pop ballad, it's beautiful and sweet and meaningful and it calms me down. Oh and my friends don't usually like Regina, but they all love this one!

7 - HUMAN OF THE YEAR: I like this, but I think it has to grow on me because apparently it's a big fan favourite and I still don't like it that much.

8 - TWO BIRDS: Ooooh lovely lovely lovely! So pretty! The "da da da da" part at the end reminds me of a French fairground for some reason. One of my favourites!

9 - DANCE ANTHEM OF THE 80s: Old Regina! Also one of my favourites! It's so fun but at the same time it has a sad edge. Love it. And the video is love.

10 - GENIUS NEXT DOOR: Incredibly beautiful. The story is amazing, and the music...wow. That East European feel again which I love so much. Perfect.

11 - THE WALLET: OK, don't kill me, as it will probably grow on me, but now I find this one PLAIN BORING.

12 - ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING: Lovely too. It will also grow on me I think, but yeah, I like it. Smiler

13 - MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES: Just the perfect ending. It's like a lullaby. As I'm not native, I haven't understood all the lyrics yet, but it felt as if the man was ascending to the moon or something.

ON THE WHOLE, I think this album is a bit better than "Begin to Hope" and we see the old Reg in songs like "Dance Anthem", although it follows the poppy line of "Begin to Hope".

The main improvement for me is that this album feels more cohesive, unlike in "Begin to Hope" where a rock song would follow a piano ballad which would follow a jazzy one. It's just a matter of opinion, I like it when albums are cohesive. The production is ace, it hasn't bothered me at all, but then again, I was new to most of the songs. And finally, this album feels like those old-time classic records which will never fall into oblivion. It used to happen before, but nowadays I'm not so sure...Anyway, well done, Regina! Smiler

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Originally posted by kaysntees:

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Originally posted by Dominic:

i was listening to songs and soviet kitsch last night..i miss old regina. i just love her and piano i guess.

I feel similarly Dom but I think its normal. When I look back at the old stuff I think of when I was just discovering Reg, it comes along with nostalgia and just makes me covet those songs so much, for their awesomeness and for the memories they elicit. Also, I love the ultra weird, inaccessible Regina, I just do.

exactly i'd love her to imitate caterpillars in their cars again or scream out " i want to take a fucking bath" but instead she is layering her voice to sound pretty. argh i don't know i probably won't like songs such as OMTWF or MOATF at first but after many listens i will..but i should love them straight away..like old reginaFrowner

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I rarely post here but just wanted to say that after the Beacon and listening to her songs more in depth, I changed my mind completely about the album. Those songs live rocked my world.

I am convinced that Regina should write a really abstract political musical play. Like, Marisol by Jose Rivera but a musical. It would freaking rock.

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Originally posted by baby jesus:

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Originally posted by HFLAbob:

I was just looking through the Begin to Hope thread. I love how everyone did the same thing with hoping that the new song titles were some strange title for another song. Smiler

Can you post that link HFLAbob, I want to see the begin to Hope Thread, bbecause I was not here!

The only thing that I can think of in terms of "Far" is ironically one of my favorite songs of hers that also ironically happens to be on the album- One More Time With Feeling. And, by this, I mean:

"You thought by now you'd be so much better than you are / You thought by now they'd see that you had come so far"

Maybe it is in reference to this. A lot of her songs are also futuristic so maybe it has to do with something about "far" into the future.

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