Regina Spektor's new album, first single, tour dates and more (with video)

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I fell in love with Soviet-born songstress Regina Spektor a few years ago with the release of 2006's Begin to Hope. While I was initially turned off by the inherent pop marketability of the album (it's almost too well-produced for its own good), I was drawn to her poetry, to the sweetness of her accented voice, to the moments of her singing in her native language. (There's more of that on her earlier self-released albums, though she really does it best in her third album, Soviet Kitsch.)

Anyway, the point of this post is that Miss Spektor is set to finally release the follow-up to Begin to Hope and I am stoked. Other than her adorable duet with Ben Folds, "You Don't Know Me" — the first single off his 2009 album, Way to Normal — Spektor has been virtually MIA for far too long. Now, she's gearing up for a worldwide release of far, due out on Sire Records June 23. (The official press release with info on her upcoming Letterman and Good Morning America, track listing and European tour dates, and the video for her new song, "Laughing With," after the jump.)

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