Oh Christ, just because she's finally broken into the scene and people are finally recognizing the fact that she's a good aartist doesn't mean that she's "mainstream". I mean, granted, her last album was less quirky than the others, but I think that was more of a matter of the producers' decisions than her own.
Why is it that any time a good artist gets recognition, old fans say that he is/she is/they are "selling out"?!?!?!
......sorry. I just got into this whole big debate about that. Sorta ticked me off.
I saw Regina in concert just after "Fidelity" started getting commercial success. And trust me - she's just as awesome as ever. I wish she'd played "Oedipus", but at least I got to hear "Baby Jesus" which is one of my favorite Spektor songs.
She hasn't lost her edge. People have just adjusted to it. I mean "Uh-Merica"? That song was crazy.
And I like both "Begin to Hope" and "Soviet Kitch" just fine. They're lovely, in fact. If she was just doing the same exact thing as in "Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers" and "11:11" it would get boring. They're different from her other albums. Not better, not worse. Different.
...okay, maybe not quite
as good as "Mary Ann", but my whole "different" point still stands!