Funny, what I hate is when people think they're too cool to like someone who's achieved
"mainstream commercial success". Ooops, she's got a single on the charts. I guess she sucks now.
[I'm not actually picking at Seth. I was just reminded of this all too common phenomenon, and he's
the closest offender.]
She lost a lot of her edge with begin to hope. It was over-produced, and it didn't have the raw quality that made her previous material so awesome. That's actually quite common when artists become a commercial success. They get over-produced, and they lose a quality that made them really good. It's not the fact that they're popular. Hell, the popularity is a good thing, because it means that the artist will be financially stable and therefore able to release more material. It's the simple fact that in Regina's case, Begin to Hope did not have the same striking quality as her previous work. Begin to Hope sucked, hard, and even though I'm still a huge fan, I really hope her next album isn't as... well, I just hope it doesn't have as much of a pop/rock feel to it.