Review: Regina Spektor delights in a quirky performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Regina Spektor's much-anticipated concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater finally arrived Thursday, and she brought a full array of hits and quirks to the stage. All of it combined, in Sean Daly's eyes, to yield "one of the best performers I've seen all year." Sean writes:
The 32-year-old longs to keep you off-balance, for better or worse. Backed by a three-piece band (drummer, cellist, keyboardist) that was set up at the back of the stage, she sat at a black baby grand toward the front of the stage. ...
Hundreds of small plastic sheets dangled above her, catching the reds and aquamarines of her subtle light show. And yet, for all the calming effects, for all the vibe of innocent concert pianist, Spektor was a full-contact showoff: yelping, yodeling, singing in Russian, the nationality of her musical parents. She doesn't just span octaves; at one point she mimicked the blurts of a marching band (The Party). She name-checked Guns N' Roses' November Rain. For the silly Sailor Song, the barstool refrain was a rousing "Marianne's a b----!"