Soviet Kitsch

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Soviet Kitsch
Studio album by Regina Spektor
Released August 17, 2004
Genre Anti-folk, indie rock, punk rock
Length 39:00
Label Sire
Producer Gordon Raphael, Alan Bezozi, Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor chronology
Songs
(2002)
Soviet Kitsch
(2004)
Live at Bull Moose
(2005)
Singles from Soviet Kitsch
  1. "Carbon Monoxide"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Your Honour / The Flowers"
    Released: 2004
  3. "Us"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[4]
PopMatters (7/10)[5]
Prefix Magazine (7/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Stylus B−[8]

Soviet Kitsch is the major label debut and third album by American singer/songwriter Regina Spektor. The title is drawn from Milan Kundera's expression for the vacuous aesthetics of Stalinist-style 'communism', a theme in his book The Unbearable Lightness of Being. One version of the album was released with a bonus DVD, which included a short promotional film titled The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch and the music video for the song "Us".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Regina Spektor.[9]

  1. "Ode to Divorce" – 3:42
  2. "Poor Little Rich Boy" – 2:27
  3. "Carbon Monoxide" – 4:59
  4. "The Flowers" – 3:54
  5. "Us" – 4:52
  6. "Sailor Song" – 3:15
  7. "***" – 0:44
  8. "Your Honor" – 2:10
  9. "Ghost of Corporate Future" – 3:21
  10. "Chemo Limo" – 6:04
  11. "Somedays" – 3:21
Deluxe Version bonus track
  1. "Scarecrow & Fungus" – 2:29

Track 7 is titled "Whisper" on digital versions of the album. It is a brief spoken word piece in which Spektor and her brother, Barry "Bear" Spektor, discuss the following song ("Your Honor").

Personnel[edit]

Regina Spektor: piano, voice, rhodes, drumstick, percussion, producer, songwriter

Alan Bezozi: producer, drums, percussion, heartbeat

Oren Bloedow: guitar

Graham Maby: bass

Gordon Raphael: percussion

Bear Spektor: whispers ("***")

The 4x4 String Quartet: strings ("Us" and "Somedays")

Kill Kenada: backing punk band ("Your Honor")

Eric Biondo: songwriter (one lyric and melody sampled in "Somedays")

Reception[edit]

In 2009, the album was included in NME's list of 100 greatest albums of the decade.[10]

Releases[edit]

Year Label Format Catalog no. Country
2004 Sire CD 48833 US
2004 Sire CD/DVD 48890 US
2004 Shoplifter CD 005 UK
2005 Sire LP 48953 US
2007 WEA CD 9362493522 UK

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