What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Alt adorkability got this classically trained pianist to the dance, but it also keeps her from being queen of the pop prom. Two albums removed… What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Alt adorkability got this classically trained pianist to the dance, but it also keeps her from being queen of the pop prom. Two albums removed… 2012-05-29 Regina Spektor Indie Rock Sire
Music Review

What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (2012)

ALT ANTHEMS Spektor delivers her signature quirky and accented tunes in Cheap Seats
ALT ANTHEMS Spektor delivers her signature quirky and accented tunes in Cheap Seats
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 29, 2012; Lead Performance: Regina Spektor; Genre: Indie Rock; Production: Sire

Alt adorkability got this classically trained pianist to the dance, but it also keeps her from being queen of the pop prom. Two albums removed from her heavy-VH1-rotation hit ''Fidelity,'' Spektor still lets her theater-kid id run free, with affected accents (''Oh Marcello'') and self-conscious heavy-breathing tricks (''Open''). Even if she's not trying to date the quarterback, that doesn't mean gorgeously ambling vignettes like ''Jessica'' need irksome, cred-building quirks. B

Best Tracks:
Heartstring-puller Firewood
Adventurous All the Rowboats
Originally posted May 23, 2012 Published in issue #1209-1210 Jun 01, 2012 Order article reprints