image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazybobbles/392882334/Regina took to the stage with a drummer and string quartet for her second appearance in London this year. The previous gig at the Serpentine Sessions came across as a much smaller event from the back stalls we were sitting in, but realistically it was probably around the same amount of people. Naturally this time around she had sold out, as I imagine her latest album Far is getting some pretty good radio coverage.

As a song writer, Regina has fairly candid approach, both musically and lyrically, and this is probably why her fans connect with her so much; her style is similar to when we singing along with our favourite songs, and adding our own random flourishes and twists to. She’s just thought of them long before all of us, and put them into her songs.

Needless to say, she had a very enthusiastic audience, with many of the young people who couldnt attend the 18+ Serpentine Sessions. Everyone around me seemed to know the words, and I certainly dont know many other musicians who would have gotten such a positive reception to a 5 song encore as Regina did. Or for that matter, pulled off a string arrangement of Slash’s ‘November Rain’ solo…

So, overall it was an enjoyable gig - my gf is happy - just next time, I’ll have to get better seats…

some samples:
Regina_Spektor_-_Ode_to_Divorce.mp3
Regina_Spektor_-_On_The_Radio.mp3
Regina_Spektor_-_Silly_Eye_Color_Generalizations.mp3
Regina_Spektor_-_Fidelity.mp3

image by crazybobbles on flickr.

One Response to “Regina Spektor - Hammersmith Apollo, 4 December, 2009”

  1. Pete Says:

    Sounds nice. Would it be possible to get the full show? Thanks

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