When she was six years old and taking piano les- sons in Moscow, Regina Spektor wanted to be a classical musician. But her latest album, “Begin to Hope,” moves her deeper into the realm of pop music, and Spektor doesn’t mind a bit.
“I just love great music, and to me there should be no boundaries of genres and who listens to what,” says Spektor, 26, who moved with her family to New York City when she was 9 years old. “I want everybody to feel like they can hear me; it really doesn’t matter to me if it’s a housewife in Boise, Idaho, or a hipster kid on the Lower East Side (of New York) or a punk rocker in Seattle. It makes no difference.”
To that end, Spektor feels “Begin to Hope,” which was produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, the Bangles, Sugar Ray),
represents her most ambitious work in the studio, where she had more time to work rather than “just perform, record and burn.”
“I’d been hearing all these arrangements and ideas and beats for years,” Spektor says, “but it was my first time when I really had a chance to work on it. It makes a huge difference because in order to really utilize the studio and really produce something well or arrange it, you need time and you needed to experiment and scrap it and start over again.
“If you don’t have the time and don’t have the budget, you don’t have that kind of luxury. Fortunately this time I did.”
Regina Spektor and Only Son perform Friday (October 13th) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13.50. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit
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