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YMMV / Regina Spektor

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  • Award Snub: the Grammies hate her, along with all goodhearted people.
  • Awesome Music: "Silly Eye-Color Generalizations" is enough to show how she can turn an audience speechless with her voice alone. The finale of "Human of the Year" can also produce chills of happiness.
    • "Us" is downright beautiful. A lot of her older work also counts; just about everything from Begin to Hope count, though she's very dismissive of her older work. Better and Edit, from Begin to Hope, both deserve a special mention.
  • Genius Bonus: "Samson" features many allusions to the Biblical story and is much more poignant if you're familiar with it.
    • Pavlov's Daughter is about Pavlov's dog; a dog trained to drool whenever it heard a bell being rung. The song has a section in it about the eponymous character waking up, hearing the afternoon bell of her town ringing, and losing all motivation to wake up, instead drooling on her pillow and going into a trance-like state.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Regina lives and breathes this trope. She's so endearing, and she always has a huge smile on her face. It makes you want to hug her and protect her.
    • It's worth noting that during her live performance at Lollapalooza 2007, she saw someone in the audience getting sick and stopped performing until they were helped. During this time, she bantered with the audience, asking them how they were doing.
    • Likewise, at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn in 2008, a sudden rainstorm soaked the audience. Regina left the covered stage, and returned with a bucket of water, which she poured over her head!
  • Les Yay: "Hotel Song" features the main character waking up in a hotel room next to some cocaine and questioning who a woman wearing her dress is. Other songs, such as "Somedays" and "Summer in the City" feature the narrator talking about being in love with and going to a protest to rubbing up against other women, but Spektor has said that she frequently writes songs from the perspectives of male characters.
  • Memetic Mutation: From Your Honor, "I'm a pizzaterian".
  • Moe: Perhaps accidentally.
  • Narm Charm: The car impressions in "Lounge" come to mind.
    • To say nothing of her dolphin impression in "Folding Chair". Or whatever the hell it is she's doing in "Open".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The studio version of All the Rowboats.
    • "Long Brown Hair" is sung from the point of view of a self-justifying rapist, while "Belt" is a twisted, very, very Black Comedy about an abused woman and her abuser, alternating between both point of views.
      • Other songs can be more eerie and unsetting than something sung in that voice should be - the nightmarish "Pound Of Flesh" and "Apres Moi" come to mind.
    • "The Trapper and the Furrier" is viscerally terrifying for some, especially the first verse where in the titular characters' paradise, animals step aside and turn over their cubs to be killed.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Discussed in "Paris"
    Margaret Atwood, she could not stop me
    Virginia Woolf, she could not stop me
    The truth is I wanted to go
    He is all I know, he is all I know...
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  • She Is All Grown Up: Regina was an awkward looking child to put it nicely. Now, look at her today.
  • Signature Song: "Fidelity" is her best-known, but "Samson" is quite popular too. To younger audiences, she's far and away most famous for "You've Got Time", the theme song to Orange Is the New Black.
  • Surprise Creepy: People who listen to her "main" musical output will probably be very surprised when listening to her side work, especially "Songs". For reference, compare the dark and calm "Edit" with the peppy and upbeat "Ne Me Quitte Pas".
  • Tear Jerker: Regina now has her own page .
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some reviews have derided Regina, particularly for Far, for smoothing out eccentricities, being overly cute and becoming commercialized main-stream pop. An example here.
  • Ugly Cute: Baby Regina. See She Is All Grown Up.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: "Wallet." Regina would have a hard time finding a Blockbuster store any time after The New '10s.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? - "Pavlov's Daughter".
    • The video for "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas). It features Regina doing random stuff around an apartment and then a tiny, flaming guy with a trumpet appears out of the trashcan of stuff she just lit on fire.
    • Daniel Cowman. The song is a 5-minutes presumably drug fueled mess, ending with Regina telling the listener to go away because she wants to take a fucking bath. Still a pretty cool song though.

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