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Good discussion over at the ELO Forever Boards about the Regina Spektor album, including this from Shilo:
They really should have gone with BLUE LIPS as the first single, IMO. Not only is the chorus much more immediate and memorable than LAUGHING WITH, but it has a far better melody as well.
You know, I think the way they're doing it is smart. The old "first single" rules are totally changed now. Not just one song anymore. Laughing With has very pointed lyrics that will connect, so that was a great "first single" choice. Now it has a video, too. But by putting out Blue Lips almost right after, it's suggesting the album is way more flavorful. Blue Lips seems to be a great choice for that. Tell me the first 30 seconds (or so) isn't absolutely brilliant. Then, the way the song just busts open is perfection!
You can now buy the Laughing With video on iTunes. Blue Lips should have a lavish video,too. But then again, I would probably crap myself if they made one. And by the way, they already have a new (lower budget) video of a third album track: Dance Anthem of the 80s...
First, I think it helps to follow along with the lyrics. (Below) I think when it hits me what the song is about, I'll go nuts.
I'm dropping all notions that Far will be a pop record. This (in the case of Blue Lips) is actually two people with unique and amazing musical ideas. There are enough Jeff Lynne flavors here to keep us interested, but there's something new and different going on, too. Shame that there aren't more ELO fans on board with his producing. His producing is still ripe, especially in a setting like this.
Her voice is amazing. Her piano playing here is dreamy. The strings are gorgeous. And the way the song rises and falls in intensity gets more appealing over time. This is one of those songs that you'll pick up on something new the more you play it.
Anyone buying tickets to Regina Spektor's concert (already sold out) at the Beacon Theatre in New York will be get a free 2-track download featuring Laughing With and the Jeff Lynne-produced Blue Lips on May 18.
There's a short sample of it on Amazon, but you can't buy the full version until Tuesday May 19. The sample fades out just as you catch a good taste of any Jeff Lynne hallmark.
Looks like there's a tweak to the album artwork...
More importantly, the first single from Regina Spektor's Faris up on MySpace... I can't confirm anything yet, but even though the vocal is bone dry, I'm guessing Laughing With is not one of the Jeff Lynne tracks. If this track is any indication, though, this CD will be completely unconventional.
Now, I'm psyched...
I find it kinda gripping either way. Post your thoughts on it...
Here's a nice way to kick off a Monday morning. We now have the artwork for Regina Spektor's new album Far with (perhaps) five Jeff Lynne productions on it. I imagine the track list and producer credits are not too far behind.