Remember Us to Life

Remember Us to Life

by Regina SpektorRegina Spektor


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Four years after her Top Five album What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, and three after being introduced to some via her original theme song for the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, Regina Spektor returns with Remember Us to Life. With a title that reflects its poignancy, at least relative to her catalog to date, it's still defined by Spektor's offbeat way with melody, phrasing, and diction, while expanding arrangements. Those arrangements span intimate piano ballads (though never merely voice and piano) and fully orchestrated set pieces, with a promise to reward those with a fondness for theatrical pop. Falling somewhere within the range of instrumentation is the jaunty "Older and Taller," which addresses a cad's return, with piano, drums, strings, and wordplay like "And all the lies, they were wiser/And the wise were the liars/And the liars were on fire/And the fires were put out." On the sparer side, and not to be confused with "Hotel Song" from one of her earlier EPs, "Grand Hotel" is a piano piece in 6/8 time, ornamented with occasional strings and tales of supernatural spirits. Later, "Small Bill$" takes an odd turn into playful, orchestral hip-hop that's followed by two earnest ballads, including the disarmingly profound "The Light" ("So many things I know, but they don't help me/Each day I open up my eyes and start again"). The most classical-minded entry, "Seller of Flowers," is contemporary orchestral song. Arriving within a few years of first-time stage musicals for adult alternative songwriters Sara Bareilles (Waitress) and Tori Amos (The Light Princess), Remember Us to Life makes Spektor seem a natural for such a project, especially with her ease at mixing charming ballads and flamboyant chamber pop here. (If "The Trapper and the Furrier" weren't an audition for a musical-theater assignment, it could have been.) Actually, prior to the release of WWSFTCS, she was reported to have been working on music for a stage adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. While Broadway fans wait, they and others who can embrace the album's occasional leaps in tone have another distinctly Spektor song set to enjoy. Ultimately, the sweetness that's always been as much a part of her musical persona as quirkiness overrides any embellishment, offering a touch of drama without pretension.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0093624918066
catalogNumber: 556595
Rank: 176385

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Regina Spektor   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Conductor,Vocals
Nancy Roth   Viola
Jay Bellerose   Percussion
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums
Julie Rogers   Violin
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Double Bass
Leo Abrahams   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Andrew Skeet   Conductor
Songa Lee   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Jack Dishel   Background Vocals
Stella Mozgawa   Drums
Davide Rossi   Violin,Viola
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Cello
Judith Hamann   Cello

Technical Credits

Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Alex Williams   Engineer
Leo Abrahams   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Live Production
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat   Engineer
Andrew Skeet   String Arrangements
Regina Spektor   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements
Davide Rossi   Orchestration
Samur Khouja   Engineer

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