Oh Regina. Welcome back, dear one.

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor…

But God can be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke, or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ‘bout to choke
God can be funny,
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious

‘Laughing With’ is the first single from Regina’s new album Far, due for release on June 26, and from the sounds of it we’re for a real treat. ‘Laughing With’ is classic Regina, complete with simple piano and typically biting lyrics. What struck me about this track in particular is her brilliant observational skills, and that line about being told that God will ‘give you money if you pray the right way’ is stunning. Oh, to be able to write like that. And sing like that.

Laughing With – Regina Spektor

I desperately wanted to embed the video here but the damn thing wouldn’t let me, so go here to check it out – it’s a goodin’.

Make sure you also sample ‘Blue Lips’, also from the forthcoming album. This track also seems to question the whole idea of faith and belief and it will be interesting to see if the whole album explores this theme further. Gorgeous melody too.

Regina’s got a new album and all’s right with the world.

Was that too much?

Blue Lips – Regina Spektor