Regina Spektor’s New Album Explores Themes Personal and Global

Spektor drops her latest album on Friday, on the eve of an impressive tour. She recorded and co-produced the album in upstate New York, with help from producer John Congleton. The album builds on her impressive body of work. With a clutch of accolades like gold-certified albums and placement on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (as well as performances at The White House, on Broadway, “Saturday Night Live” and contributions to The Hamilton Mixtape), the new album came with certain expectations. With rippling pianos and lyrics both descriptive and dreamy, the songs continue to explore the personal and the global. 

“Loveology” is the first track released.

“With ‘Loveology,’ I wrote it and then played it once or twice live,” Spektor says. “Sometimes I’ll have a song that I’m really glad exists, but I can’t record it because every time I try, it just doesn’t feel right coming out of my mouth. But for whatever reason both ‘Loveology’ and ‘Raindrops’ felt so right this time and I’m so glad I was finally able to put them on a record.”

After leaving Moscow and 1989 at age 8, Spektor has since grappled in interviews with her Russian heritage and the fate of her family members still remaining in the former Soviet Union. The Russian-Jewish-American singer continues to push the edge of the envelope, and her upcoming live dates (especially those opening for either Norah Jones or The Avett Brothers) promise to be fascinating. 


June 25—Oxbow RiverStage—Napa, CA*

June 26—Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s—Stateline, NV*

June 28—The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park—San Diego, CA*

July 5—Sandy Amphitheater—Salt Lake City, UT

July 6—Sandy Amphitheater—Salt Lake City, UT

July 8—Villar PAC—Beaver Creek, CO

July 9—Paramount Theater—Denver, CO

July 10—Red Rocks Amphitheatre—Morrison, CO†

July 19—Carnegie Hall—New York, NY

July 24—The Mann Center—Philadelphia, PA*

July 26—The Pines Theater—Northampton, MA

July 30—Bethel Woods Center For The Arts—Bethel, NY*

August 1—Saratoga Performing Arts Center—Saratoga Springs, NY*

August 2—Leader Bank Pavilion—Boston, MA*

August 4—Forest Hills Stadium—Forest Hills, NY*

October 9—Chicago Theater—Chicago, IL

October 11—Michigan Theater—Ann Arbor, MI

October 12—Massey Hall—Toronto, ON

October 14—State Theater—Ithaca, NY

October 15—Wellmont Theater—Montclair, NJ

October 16—Warner Theatre—Washington DC

October 18—Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA

October 19—Belk Theatre—Charlotte, NC

October 20—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, TN

October 25—The Warfield—San Francisco, CA

October 27—Walt Disney Concert Hall—Los Angeles, CA

*w/ Norah Jones

†w/ The Avett Brothers

Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.