Soviet Kitsch

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Soviet Kitsch
Soviet Kitsch by Regina Spektor.jpg
Studio album by Regina Spektor
Released August 17, 2004
Recorded TMF in NYC and The Garden in London
Genre Art pop[1]
Length 38:49
Label Sire
Producer Gordon Raphael, Alan Bezozi, Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor chronology
Songs
(2002)Songs2002
Soviet Kitsch
(2004)
Live at Bull Moose
(2005)Live at Bull Moose2005
Singles from Soviet Kitsch
  1. "Carbon Monoxide"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Your Honor / The Flowers"
    Released: 2004
  3. "Us"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[6]
PopMatters (7/10)[7]
Prefix Magazine (7/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Stylus B−[10]

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".

As of 2007 it has sold 54,000 copies in United States. [11]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2009, the album was included in NME's list of 100 greatest albums of the decade.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Regina Spektor.[13]

  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 and Fungus" – 2:29
Standard vinyl release
  1. "Scarecrow and Fungus" – 2:29
  2. "December" – 2:10

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")

Releases[edit]

Year Label Format Catalog no. Country
2004 Sire CD 48833 US
CD/DVD 48890 US
Shoplifter CD 005 UK
2005 Sire LP 48953 US
2007 WEA CD 9362493522 UK
2016 Sire Red LP 549811-1 US

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