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Home, before and after

Regina Spektor

Home, before and after

Eighth studio album from the Russian-born, New York-based singer-songwriter produced with John Congleton

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  1. 8.8 |   Northern Transmissions

    This is an album filled with good songs
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    Odd, fun, smart, and fearless throughout, Home, before and after closes on the tender "Through a Door," which explains the concept of home as a place "where the light's on no matter how long you've been gone," after everything
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  3. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    The production may sound sanitised, but Spektor’s cracked the songwriting code
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Orchestral, sweeping, and sometimes epic
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Onto her eighth album, the New York artist’s creativity hasn’t been diluted for the mainstream at all
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  6. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The beloved songsmith returns at last with a mix of her characteristic pomp and thoughtful storytelling
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    The singer-songwriter's first album in six years soars with the confidence of an artist who's comfortable creating a world of her own
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  8. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It successfully adds another wrinkle to her sound with the addition of sweeping string sections, majestic brass horns, and epic flourishes
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Gloriously wry satire that is oh-so-Spektor
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  10. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    She may still be trying to find the right balance between her larger soundscape and storytelling, but Home, before and after is an exciting evolution that feels both old and new
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  11. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    At their best, the songs of Home feel akin to a warm hug on a cold day; a soothing balm from a sensitive songwriter who unlike many of her indie peers is still capable of finding wonder in the everyday, and hope in the wider world and in music itself
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  12. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is spiked with humor and pathos, and Spektor holds the two in balance as skillfully as she ever has
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  13. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    Regina Spektor’s first album in six years is weighty and ambitious, full of sweeping string arrangements and cosmic ruminations on love and loss
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