It’s official: I can’t wait to hear the rest of what’s to come on What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor’s upcoming album — which, I must predict, will surely be among the most original and invigorating pop releases of 2012. “All The Rowboats,” her latest single (which you can hear above), is the first song I’ve heard since Soviet Kitsch that fully encapsulates her unique vocal stylings. With pure pop verve and the sense of chaotic inventive inspiration which has always kept her best work just out of reach of the fans who prefer her poppiest songs, “All The Rowboats” is like a twisted ride down the river Styx, but with Spektor’s sultry voice filling in for Charon as ferryman. “Welcome to the tombs,” she sings: “The living dead fill every room / God I pity the violence,” as thundering propulsive percussion and frenetic piano give her vocals the perfect heft to steal your mind away. This is one of Spektor’s strongest singles yet, and if the rest of the album builds on this level of twisted deliciousness, the album’s going to be a juggernaut.
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