Top critical review
Some good songs, but not as great as previous albums
on September 2, 2013
When I first got this album, I was disappointed. I loved "Far" and "Begin to Hope," and this definitely isn't as great. Of course, every album can't be perfect. While it grew on me a little the more I listened to it, it has its hits and misses. "Small Town Moon," "Firewood," and "How" are my favorite tracks. I felt that "Don't Leave Me" and "Oh Marcello" were real flops. Spektor has a unique style that may be off-putting to those who have not heard her previous work. She does include some harsher songs in this album. They certainly have a purpose and story, but require one to be in the mood to listen to them. It's hard to rate this album, since there are about five songs on the album that I'm never in the mood to listen to, but the rest I do enjoy on varying levels. I would recommend getting this if you like her previous work. If you're new to Regina Spektor, I would recommend starting with "Begin to Hope."