I know that "Zou Bisou Bisou" is the only French song anyone feels like talking about today, but I've got one more for you—a new interpolation of the Jacques Brel standard "Ne Me Quitte Pas" by none other than Russian born piano ingénue Regina Spektor. Long-time fans will already know that Spektor already covered the song on her 2002 album Songs, but for the rest of us late party-crashers (right here), "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)" will appear on her upcoming album What We Say From The Cheap Seats, out May 29.
Sure, Regina only really references the Brel original on the choruses, but who could be bothered—the song is four minutes of unadulterated feel-good with its tight drum programming, plucky synthesizer bleep-bloop and, of course, Regina's painfully cute delivery. Love the trumpet solo and the third verse's delightfully unexpected saxophone part. It's a fantastic foil for the majestically eerie vibes on first single "All The Rowboats" (see above)—it looks like we'll be treated to all sides of Regina's kaleidoscopic musical personality on The Cheap Seats. No complaints here.
Fans, what do you guys think of "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)"? Give us your first impressions in the comments section below.