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Released: August 2004

Though it was ‘Fidelity’ and ‘On The Radio’ from 2006’s ‘Begin To Hope’ that brought Regina Spektor wider success, it was at the expense of some of the rougher edges on her preceding album, ‘Soviet Kitsch’, a bizarre, intimate and idiosyncratic record in which the sweetness of her piano-led ballads is tempered by a raw weirdness. ‘Us’, in which the tousle-mopped little nutter imagines having a statue of her and her boyfriend being raised in the town square with all kinds of disastrous consequences, is powered by a rushing, urgent chorus and her distinctive staccato vocal: “contagious-us-us-us...”. Remastered and rereleased as a single from the ‘Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers’ comp in 2006, it remains a fan favourite.


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