Begin to Hope

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Begin to Hope
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope.png
Studio album by Regina Spektor
Released June 13, 2006
Recorded SeeSquaredStudio and New York Noise Studios, NYC
Genre
Length 47:15
Label Sire 9362-44112-2
Producer David Kahne, Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor chronology
Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories
(2006)
Begin to Hope
(2006)
Live in California 2006 EP
(2007)
Singles from Begin to Hope
  1. "On the Radio"
    Released: May 30, 2006
  2. "Fidelity"
    Released: September 25, 2006
  3. "Better"
    Released: July, 2007
  4. "Summer in the City"
    Released: December, 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 4/5 stars[11]

Begin to Hope is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.[12] It was released June 13, 2006. The album debuted at number 70 on the Billboard 200, but due to the popularity of the single "Fidelity", it peaked at number 20[13] and was labeled a "pace setter" by Billboard. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 21st-best album of 2006.[14] The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments to U.S. retailers of 500,000 units.[15]

The album was nominated for the 2006 Shortlist Music Prize.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Regina Spektor.

  1. "Fidelity" – 3:47
  2. "Better" – 3:22
  3. "Samson" – 3:10
  4. "On the Radio" – 3:22
  5. "Field Below" – 5:18
  6. "Hotel Song" – 3:29
  7. "Après Moi" – 5:08
  8. "20 Years of Snow" – 3:31
  9. "That Time" – 2:39
  10. "Edit" – 4:53
  11. "Lady" – 4:45
  12. "Summer in the City" – 3:50
Deluxe Edition bonus disc
  1. "Another Town" – 4:07
  2. "Uh-Merica" – 3:16
  3. "Baobabs" – 2:02
  4. "Düsseldorf" – 3:09
  5. "Music Box" – 2:11
iTunes Store/Amazon MP3 bonus tracks
  1. "Hero" – 3:44
  2. "Bartender" – 3:12
Vinyl edition disc 2, side A
  1. "Another Town" – 4:10
  2. "Uh-Merica" – 3:19
  3. "Baobabs" – 2:04
  4. "Düsseldorf" – 3:12
  5. "Music Box" – 2:07
Vinyl edition disc 2, side B
  1. "Better" (Piano and Voice) – 3:09
  2. "Better" (Radio Recut) – 3:12
  3. "Hero" – 3:45
  4. "Bartender" – 3:12
Vinyl 10th Anniversary edition disc 2, side B Bonus Track
  1. "Baby Jesus" – 2:43

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak Position[17]
2007 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 29
2006 Austria Albums Chart 72
2007 Ireland Albums Chart 18
2007 New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 10
2007 Swedish Albums Chart 18
2006 U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1
2007 U.S. Billboard 200 20
2007 U.K. Albums Chart 53

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Single success[edit]

In 2006, Regina Spektor's first single, "Fidelity", premiered on VH1. Soon after, VH1 included her among "You Oughta Know: Artists on the Rise".[21]

Spektor performed "Fidelity" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in July 2006 and on ABC's Good Morning America in April 2007.[22] She also performed "On The Radio" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in November 2006. She performed the song again on Late Show with David Letterman in April 2007, and on the Australian Rove McManus show in 2007.

"Better" was released to US radio in late July 2007.

Even though it hasn't been released as a single, "Hotel Song" has reached #11 in the Irish music download charts and #16 in the Irish Top 50 Singles Chart as of May 2007.

"Samson" is a new recording of a song originally released on 2002's Songs. Gwen Stefani used the song for her Season 9 battle between Korin Bukowski and Chase Kerby on The Voice.

"Après Moi" was covered by Peter Gabriel on his recent album Scratch My Back.

In other media[edit]

Sales[edit]

  • In New Zealand, the album was certified Gold for sales of more than 7,500.
  • In Australia, the album was certified Gold for sales of more than 35,000.
  • In the United States, the album was certified Gold for shipments of over 500,000 copies.[23] Its sales have since surpassed 600,000 according to Nielsen/Soundscan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Begin To Hope by Regina Spektor". Metacritic. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Begin to Hope – Regina Spektor". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Phipps, Keith (June 13, 2006). "Regina Spektor: Begin To Hope". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Juarez, Vanessa (June 9, 2006). "Begin to Hope". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (June 7, 2006). "Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope". The Guardian. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope". Mojo (153): 88. August 2006. 
  7. ^ "Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope". NME: 43. July 8, 2006. 
  8. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (June 12, 2006). "Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (June 12, 2006). "Regina Spektor: Begin To Hope". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (June 11, 2006). "Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ Hermes, Will (July 2006). "Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope". Spin. 22 (7): 88. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ Block, Melissa (2006-06-28). "Stories in Song: Regina Spektor's 'Begin to Hope'". NPR. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ Dec 11, 2006 8:53 AM (2006-12-11). "The Top 50 Albums of 2006". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  15. ^ "RIAA Certifications for Regina Spektor". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  16. ^ "Cat Power Wins 2007 Shortlist Music Prize". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  17. ^ "Music Charts – αCharts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  18. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 August 2012.  Enter Begin to Hope in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 August 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "New Music Artists Info on You Oughta Know, Rising New Artists, See Photos & Watch Videos Online". VH1.com. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  22. ^ "The Virginian-Pilot Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  23. ^ "Gold & Platinum – October 10, 2009". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
Preceded by
Move by Yourself by Donavon Frankenreiter
Billboard Top Heatseekers number-one album
July 01, 2006
Succeeded by
Inhuman Rampage by Dragonforce
Preceded by
Rock Star Supernova by Rock Star Supernova
Billboard Top Heatseekers number-one albums (second run)
December 16, 2006–January 06, 2007
Succeeded by
K.O.B.: Live by Aventura