I'm kinda digging her album "Soviet Kitsch."
It took me several listens to start liking it, but I've decided it's pretty good and she has it in her to make a truly great album next time around.
I was just Googling around to see what the consensus of the critcs is and it seems very mixed, with her being called a cross between Tori Amos, Bjork, and Patti Smith, and too "precious" and "self-indulgant." Someome was also attacking her for passing out chocolates at shows, but I find that adorable!
I didn't notice the Patti Smith influence myself, but now that I think of it, I do hear it now. I don't like Tori Amos at all and that caused my initial resistance to the album. And yes, sometimes she does channel a bit of Bjork in her vocal stylings.
My initial resistance was also caused by the self-indulgance. But I've now decided that's a plus. It makes the album playful and loose...and without the kind of generic cookie cutter songs so many other new artists are putting out these days.
As I played the CD while laying in bed this morning, I also realized how beautifully produced it is. It almost felt like Regina was in the same room as me playing around on my piano. In one song she has a cute human beat box moment and that's when I really fell for her. As she sings on one song, "Yeah I'm so cool I'm so cool I'm so cool...." Yes you are, Regina.
It has a few tracks that aren't up to par (in particular, her attempt at a rocker comes off pathetically), but I recommend the album if you want something fun and different.
She's also easy on the eyes.