Soviet Kitsch

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Soviet Kitsch
Soviet Kitsch by Regina Spektor.jpg
Studio album by Regina Spektor
Released August 17, 2004
Genre Art pop[1]
Length 38:49
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 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".

Critical reception[edit]

In 2009, the album was included in NME's list of 100 greatest albums of the decade.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Regina Spektor.[12]

  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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