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Review of "Far"

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Sadly, I don't think that will happen until there's sort of an "unplugged" album in the future. I can't think of specific example, but I know it's happened with other artists later in their careers.

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hey stixters, i haven't been here in a long long time. I used to feel like a resident of this webhome, but now i feel like a spastic visitor.

I've been a reg supporter since a cold november morning in 2006 when my sleepy eyes fell upon two huge red lips, two huge blue eyes, and a curly red mess of hair that was the fidelity video on vh1 you oughta know artists.

I backtracked my way from begin to hope all the way to 11:11 and quickly collected all existing songs that I could get my hands on, loving each and every one (alright maybe except Paris and mockingbird, not my favorites).

I support reg as a musician and just generally as a rad person, but I have to say that I was sorely dissapointed in Far. I think that mostly it is because all of the old songs that are on it are fucking amazing! and the new songs are just.... quite the opposite. I wish for a happy medium but its really striking how different the tones between the old and new songs are.

Some of my favorite songs are on there, my all time fav. MOATF, HOTY, OMTWF, Blue Lips, Genius, Wallet, Dance anthem, and a great song folding chair. These were really well done for the most part. I have a serious problem with how Blue Lips came out but I fully expect this is exactly how Reg wants it and if that is her vision i can accept it. I just play live versions of it and i'm right at home.

That was the high note; in four words; old songs= great work

But what I was looking for in this album was the new angle Reg was taking her music. I love to see the evolution of artists. You can see how her influences change each album, and I love that. But Far just seemed confused to me. She didn't seem like herself and even more she seemed to be regressing lyrically!

Now, one of my favorite things about regina is her way with words, but sometimes you know you just have to laugh at what she puts together. One particualr instance is my favorite chuckle worthy lyric

"And maybe I could go

To teddy bear heaven

Just like her

Cause well, she went when she was eleven."

really? really regina? I'll give you a break because you were 19 but still.... ahem...moving on.

I felt like there are a lot of those moments in Far.

"someone's deciding whether or not to steal.

He opens a window just to feel the chill.

He hears that outside a small boy just started to cry

'Cause it's his turn, but his brother won't let him try."

can you say last minute verse?

I just felt like the newer songs lacked depth. Yes they had messages, Laughing With and the Machine had very great messages but the wording seems so straight forward and shallow. Very catchy and great music and....but just not anywhere near the level of the older songs on the album. Man of 1000 faces literally makes me cry every time I hear it. Human of the year has so much passion you want to jump into the cd itself, and blue lips is so deep you can interpret it so many different ways and each way is brilliant and moving.

On one hand I'm not saying every song has to be deep and emotional, the wallet and folding chair are super cute catchy and fun, but there is something special about them that moves something in me. I wanna go find someones wallet, or have a baby boy and play by the sea. The newer songs say nothing to me.

Being the drama queen I am, I'd momentarily lost hope in regina. Then a glimmer of hope drew me back in, and that song was Ink Stains. What an amazing, naturally moving song! No forced lyrics, no goofy forced accent, just her passion and her piano. Then I found the bonus tracks the Sword and the Pen, and I literally want to live in this song, or carry around a boombox and play it constantly as I walk around. These songs have given me hope she hasn't lost her touch, but tell me regina, why is this a bonus track??? are you nutso????

I'm not quite sure but what I am excited about is that there will be more great regina music to come, you just may have to sort through it a little in order the get your mind blown by a few songs out of many.

word to your mother <3 perks

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^^Your post was very interesting indeed Perks and I am glad to see you posting. I am going to have to respectfully dis-agree with you about Far though. I think I dis-agree with a lot of people on here about Far probably because I am a new fan. I started becoming a big fan right when Far came out. I did not establish any previous connection with the songs on the album.

Far is definitely my favorite Regina album. The lyrics in all of the songs on Far are extremely artistic and mysterious indeed. I am just really in love with that whole Album so much. Especially Riot Gear, which is easily hands down my all time favorite song. I too wonder why that song is not just only a bonus song, but an exclusive Itunes bonus song!

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I can see how you being new to regina can affect your view. I maintain that my favorite album is begin to hope but its probably because i came alive when i found regina and the first album i heard was begin to hope. i can literally remeber listening to Apres Moi 5 times over with my chin on the floor and not blinking one time, as if i was going to miss one little note or something.

And I also think my opinion is biased because i don't think of half the songs on that cd to be "Far" songs because I heard them long before the album came out. The songs I base the album on are the calculation, eet, laughing with, two birds, and machine. and those in particular didn't impress me.

Also the whole album has this accent. We all know Reg has a really cute little accent that isn't really russian, isn't really new yorker, its just reg! And sometimes she likes to accent certain words (especially with a NYC accent) but this album seemed like she realized that people notice her quirky accent and laid it on super thick! and when you hear ink stains and the sword and the pen you don't get that accent as much, which baffles me.

What do you get from the album Brady that I'm missing?

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I've wished several times we could rate individual posts or give "karma" or something here. Smiler I really liked your post, Jess. And I somewhat agree with you.

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Originally posted by Brady:

^^Your post was very interesting indeed Perks and I am glad to see you posting. I am going to have to respectfully dis-agree with you about Far though. I think I dis-agree with a lot of people on here about Far probably because I am a new fan. I started becoming a big fan right when Far came out. I did not establish any previous connection with the songs on the album.

Far is definitely my favorite Regina album. The lyrics in all of the songs on Far are extremely artistic and mysterious indeed. I am just really in love with that whole Album so much. Especially Riot Gear, which is easily hands down my all time favorite song. I too wonder why that song is not just only a bonus song, but an exclusive Itunes bonus song!

Are you kidding? Her accent is the best part!

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What do you get from the album Brady that I'm missing?

I personally find much artistic value in the songs on Far. The songs on there just really speak to me. But I think the main thing is the art in those songs, it's amazing. Smiler

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