Regina Spektor review, Eventim Apollo, London: Her voice captures the raw emotion of every word

Vishal Rana
The Russian-born singer-songwriter has a hugely rich and diverse archive that tells poignant stories of her life: Getty

Regina Spektor brought her impeccable sound to a sold-out Eventim Apollo in London as part of UK her tour. A small technical issue with one of the piano pedals didn’t hinder her: “I don’t need that one anyway," she shrugs.

Opening with "Folding Chair" and "Eet" from the album Far, she then delved into newer works "Grand Hotel" and “Tornado” from her latest album Remember Us To Life. You soon realise that Spektor, now 37, has a hugely rich and diverse archive. They tell poignant stories of her life in a voice perfectly capturing the raw emotion of every word.

Not one to shy away from political statements, noting the somewhat harrowing news agenda as of late, Spektor tells her story of how she moved to the States as a refugee from the former Soviet Union and the things that have happened in her life before talking about how “nuclear war, bans and walls” are dominating the news once again. “I know the world can’t be perfect but all we want is a better ratio of good people in power, than bad people in power," she says.

A certain rarity in this day and age also took place on this night as barely a mobile phone was in sight. In a world that so strictly follows the mantra of “if it’s not on social media, it didn’t happen” it was a welcome change in proceedings.