“Us” begins with hurried piano keys and tense violin strings. Regina Spektor‘s voice enters with a tone of soft power on the words, “They made a statue of us.”
Her sharp and enunciated voice emphasizes the unusual story of the lyrics with words such as, “We wear our scarves just like a noose, but not ’cause we want eternal sleep. And though our parts are slightly used, new ones are slave labor you can keep.”
The moving bass line of the piano and the somber violin strings build in the chorus to tell a story of their own. They set the tone of the song.
Spektor is known for her eclectic and unfamiliar songs. Each one is its own different musical style, and somehow I love all of them.