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VINE VOICEon December 20, 2011
"My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)" is an interesting holiday song that contains much meaning. With the opening lines of the title of the song sung that reads almost like a letter and greetings, Regina Spektor shows how the importance of music can translate and reach many regardless of what time or place in which the listener may happen to hear this song. Its melody and symbolic lyrics communicate in so few words along with the special effects that rear in the background of the sound of New Year's revelers but also the irony of other sounds that invoke another meaning that resonates similarly to the traditional ode to the past and welcome to the soon present of "Auld Lang Syne."

Spektor does a good job to show the greater significance of things past and true with the beauty of a song. Indeed, "raise your glass and we'll have a cheer..."
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on December 14, 2011
This is a fine song beautifully sung with piano accompaniment, but the producer decided to randomly add some background noises like airplanes, machine guns, sirens, etc. I can't tell if it's satire, a song about wartime, a "busy city" NYC type setting, or what, but it is very distracting to me! I think the song would be much better without them (The Peggy Lee original has no silly FX). Then again, this was free Xmas 2011!
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on January 25, 2017
I didn't order this, no clue how it showed up on my "write a review". So it gets one star. Must be spam.
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on March 8, 2015
This song with its simple melody and heartfelt lyrics are a wonderful match for Spektor's sincere, girlish, and friendly delivery. I'm not entirely on board with the sound effects, but...well, not exactly off board, either. At any rate, I love this song.
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on September 19, 2014
Don't "get" the warfare sound effects. If it's a political statement, it should be an obvious statement, not a gentle tune punctuated with automated gunfire.Peggy Lee's original may be low-tech, low budget, analog recording but it fits the season better.
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on December 4, 2011
Regina Spektor does a fine job with this simple New Year's song. The message of the song is universal; the lyrics are simple; the sole piano accompaniment is pleasant.

Give it a try. You might like it.
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on January 8, 2017
One of my favorite songs around New Year.
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on January 7, 2013
Someone must be downloading these on my account.
Sometimes Amazon offers free downloads of music. This must be one of them because I don't remember it and would not pay for it. There's no description here, and I like this song just as much as the amount of effort Amazon put in to marketing.
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on June 15, 2014
From the album 'Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs That Keep On Giving' and arranged in a modern style, 'My Dear Acquaintance [A Happy New Year]' is a keeper.

Its a nice addition to my holiday collection.
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on October 17, 2012
Wow, Regina Spektor has to be one of, if not the most innovative artist out there! I LOVE her voice, her work, and her deep interpretation of LIFE! I bought Live in the U.K., LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that CD, AND, this one sweet little song is just as precious.

Thanks Regina! You are a gift!
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