[[caption-width-right:350:[[Theatre/OedipusRex Long live]] [[StealthPun the queeeeen...]]]]

A Moscow-born singer/songwriter, known for her [[CloudCuckooLander quirky lyrics]]. She has quite a large range, from [[EarWorm earworms]] to downright depressing ballads. Immigrating with her parents at the age of 9 to New York, something she [[ArtImitatesLife has sung about]], she has since gained a steady ground in the alternative music and anti folk scene.
* ''11:11'' (2001)
* ''Songs'' (2002)
* ''Soviet Kitsch'' (2004)
* ''Begin to Hope'' (2006)
* ''Far'' (2009)
* ''What We Saw From the Cheap Seats'' (2012)

!!Her Works Provide Examples Of:
* AnImmigrantsTale: "Rockland County" and "8th Floor" both revolve around the immigrant experience - the first is Spektor's most autobiographical song, the second a more general allegory for the Russian-American experience.
* [[CallBack Previous]] AlbumTitleDrop: "Düsseldorf", a bonus track on the deluxe version of ''Begin to Hope'', features a reference to "Soviet kitsch".
* AwardBaitSong: "The Call" for ''Prince Caspian''
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Not only is Spektor an awesome name (it sounds like it could be a ''GIJoe'' villain). During her appearance on ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Colbert questioned whether or not she was a Soviet sleeper agent, bringing up her awesome "sexy spy name" as evidence.
* BerserkButton: Most of Regina's songs are either quirky and adorable or balladic and depressing, but the live-only song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mArmSi2JaM Ink Stains]]" is her only genuinely ''angry'' song, about how she wants to [[KarmicDeath gas Holocaust deniers]]. It has some uncharacteristically gory imagery ("so who'll be the Jew to make the papers / drenched in blood up to your blue Jew eyeballs") and the song ends with an [[OneWomanWail angry, emotional wail]]. She's also posted on her Myspace blog about her support for Israel because of how the Jews have been exploited and massacred throughout history.
* BigApplesauce: New York is frequently mentioned in her songs, including locations such as the Williamsburg Bridge.
* BilingualBonus: Both "Après Moi" and "8th Floor" contain [[GratuitousRussian untranslated Russian]], the former featuring a poem by Boris Pasternak. "Après Moi" has some [[GratuitousFrench French]] (the title references and includes the famous Louis XV quote, "Après moi, le deluge"), as well.
* BlackComedy: "That Time" is full of this, from the protagonist having to bury pieces of a bird she was caring for after a bird got it, to her finding her friend overdosing on drugs twice in the same day, only to realize that she's high as a kite herself.
* BlackSheepHit: "Fidelity", the only song of hers to come close to troubling the pop charts, features no piano. While not a bad song, that is her signature thing.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: From "Firewood":
--> Don't look so shocked, don't judge so harsh. You don't know, you're only spying...
* BrooklynRage: Some of her darker songs, like All The Rowboats and Ink Stains, give this impression.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Uh-Merica."
** "Hell No", as a duet with Sondre Lerche.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: She may be this, but seems to have her head together in interviews. She's probably just [[BunnyEarsLawyer a little weird]] and sweet.
** Her official forum has boards for [[LighterAndSofter What We Saw From the Cheap Seats]], [[AllLowercaseLetters far]], albums predating those two, relevant information, space for users to talk, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers soup]]. Guess which board is the most active?
-->"I want to write a classic like Yesterday but weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into my head - I can't help it."
* CoolTeacher: Her role in the video for "On the Radio" is a music teacher in an InnerCitySchool.
* CountryMusic: She made a strange little trip into the genre with "Love You're A Whore." Her explanation to the crowd at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee:
--> Regina: I'm from Moscow, and then the Bronx, so I'm allowed to do whatever the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] I want!
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Subverted with her cover of "Chelsea Hotel #2"; the lyrics are kept the same, despite clearly being from a male perpective.
* CoverVersion: LeonardCohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2", LeonardCohen's "Hallelujah", Hanna Szenes' "Halikha [=LeKesariya=] (Eli, Eli)", Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes", {{Madonna}}'s "Love Profusion", JohnLennon's "Real Love", and {{Radiohead}}'s "No Surprises".
* CrypticConversation: her appearance on Jenny Owen Youngs's "Voice on Tape" has her speaking on Youngs' answering machine about some NoodleIncident in an adorably Russian-accented voice. A conversation between Regina and her brother Bear appears on "Soviet Kitch" under the cryptic title "* * *".
* DreamTeam: Her first major tour? With the Strokes and Kings of Leon. Goddamn.
* EpicRocking: "Pavlov's Daughter" at nearly 8 minutes long. "Chemo Limo" and "Back of a Truck" are both around 6 minutes, which is still long for her.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The famous percussion chair.
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Talked about in "Making Records":
-->Everything's a possible record cover\\
Or a possible name for a band that I will never have
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen: Name dropped in "Prisoners," and his fairy tales have clearly influenced her UrbanFantasy stories.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Mentioned in the song "Eet": ''You ease in your headphones / to drown out your mind...''
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Ode To Divorce," before the piano kicks in.
* {{Homage}}: The music video for "Us" is an homage to the silent film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-n6EN4DyuE ''Le Locataire Diabolique'']] by Georges Meliés.
* IndecipherableLyrics - Done intentionally on "A Cannon", which has a couple lines of a sort of gibberish whisper. Though, it could qualify as SingingSimlish.
* IronicNurseryTune: her version of [[PublicDomainSoundtrack "Mockingbird"]] degenerates into a story of a poor father desperately trying to connect with his daughter.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: More than two thirds of her catalogue is unavailable on her [=CDs=] - the rest exists only as live bootlegs and studio demos that she appears to be fine with, with one exception - her [[OldShame 1999 Demo]]. Also, her first album, ''11:11'', is only available as a (legit) digital download.
** ''Songs'' was also only ever legally available from an online indie music store (which, thankfully, is still going), and her concerts.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Begin to Hope'' and ''Far'' lost some of the harder edge found in her older songs. It's a far cry from her 1999 demo tapes, in which she actually used the word "cunt."
** And then she wrote "Ink Stains" (Regina Spektor meets ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'') and covered Radiohead's depressing "No Surprises." The darkness is back.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Samson" is based on the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] story and contains many references to it.
** Then there's the bonus track "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7gX8UbDiGA Baobabs]]", using imagery from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Literature/TheLittlePrince.
* LonelyPianoPiece: several of her songs convey loneliness, with only a piano and voice. "Somedays," "Summer in the City," "Just Like the Movies" and "Making Records" come to mind.
* LongTitle: ''Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories by Regina Spektor'', a compilation album of pre-''Begin To Hope'' songs.
** There's also her song "The Left-Hand Song (A Lesson In How Fleeting Preservation Is)"
* LyricalDissonance: "Two Birds" and her song with Ben Folds, "You Don't Know Me".
* MagicalRealism: Many of the stories told in her lyrics feature Magical Realism traits (especially the album ''11:11'') and her live-only song "The Bronx" name drops the genre.
* MatzoFever
* MeasuringTheMarigolds: "Loveology" and "The Calculation" are both about how love cannot be calculated.
* MelismaticVocals: Especially in ''Dance Anthem of the 80s'', in which she takes us on a Middle Eastern folk music inspired melismatic ride up and down the word "sleep."
* MoodDissonance: "That Time". "Hey, remember that time when you OD'd?"
** "Hey, remember that other time when you OD'ed [[CrossesTheLineTwice for the second time]]?"
*** [[MoodWhiplash She goes on to discuss]] how she was herself tripping balls in the hospital waiting room while the other person was overdosing.
* MoodWhiplash: While her albums are in general quite eclectic, "Chemo Limo" is in itself a profound example. The verses tell of a single mother of four kids being told she has terminal cancer and are appropriately eerie and mournful. The ''chorus'', however, is a bouncy rapid-fire MotorMouth-ed sass parade of defiance.
* MurderBallad: She and Levon Vincent's surreal version of the old murder ballad [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyi1uPyOvgY "Twa Sisters."]]
** "Mary Ann" is a particularly weird one.
* TheMusical: Her upcoming "Beauty," an adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty."
* NoHitWonder: For all her success, Spektor has never had a top 40 hit. The closest she has had to a hit single is "Fidelity", which reached 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
* OedipusComplex: Her song "Oedipus."
* OlderThanTheyLook: You would be forgiven for thinking that Spektor is younger than 32.
* OldShame: She may feel this way about some songs, they way she [[SelfDeprecation talks about her own work]], but her true old shame is her appearance in the super-obscure film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0326412/ Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control]]'', which she has never, ever mentioned in interviews.
* OneOfUs: Her intelligence and nerdy love of classical literature aside, one particular interlude between songs sticks out. Forgetting her toothbrush on a trip to California, Regina, ever the optimist, reveled in the opportunity to buy a child's toothbrush (as she calls it, "travel sized") featuring Superman. And she dressed as Zorro during a Halloween show.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: "Mermaid," as it's a retelling of the Creator/HansChristianAndersen tale in an UrbanFantasy setting. She mentions that the painful stabbing feeling in her feet causes her to bleed. She claims to have sold her voice for, among other things, a bottle of gin and a bump of cocaine before the narrative goes completely off the rails.
* RepurposedPopSong: Microsoft used her song "Us" to promote one of their projects, despite the fact that it's partially about [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Soviet Union]] and [[LyricalDissonance contains such lines as "We're living in a den of thieves" and "It's contagious."]] Was the "we are a crumbling EvilEmpire" vibe really what Microsoft was going for?
* ShoutOut: To Music/TomWaits in "Prisoners" (compare it to his song "9th & Hennipen"), Music/PattiSmith in "Poor Little Rich Boy" with the repeated "so goddamn young", Boris Pasternak in "Après Moi," and about a hundred literary references, from Andersen to Margaret Atwood to Virginia Woolf to Edith Wharton's ''Ethan Fromm.'' A darker, more ambiguous one is to the famous antisemitic poet Ezra Pound in a song named either "Ezra Pound" or "If You're Never Sorry." She is the Umberto Eco of pianists.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: The plot of the "Fidelity" video.
* SingingSimlish: She often uses vocal exercises such as lip buzzing as part of her songs.
* SomethingBlues: "2.99¢ Blues"
* SongOfSongTitles: "On the Radio" references Music/GunsNRoses' "November Rain", and "Edit" namechecks Music/TheBeatles' "Dr. Robert" and PaulMcCartney's "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey".
* StealthPun: Prone to these - even {{Visual Pun}}s, [[http://www.last.fm/music/Regina+Spektor/+images/28335279 such as the boa boa.]]
* TheSomethingSong: "Hotel Song", "Sailor Song".
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: She wears a lot of dresses, bows, and girly hair clips.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Aching to Pupate".
* VillainSong: "Long Brown Hair" is told from the point of view of a rapist justifying a rape by victim blaming.
-->Don’t tell me what’s proper\\
Anyone can see\\
I wasn’t even her first\\
So don’t blame it on me\\
She was so pretty,\\
as pretty as can be.\\
And I thought, “My god,\\
Why shouldn’t it be me?\\
Oh come on this once, God.\\
Why shouldn’t it be me?”