First off, I really want to do more cultural critique on this blog. I feel like I have had my head in the ether for far too long. Now, I don’t want to talk any less about theology and Christianity, I just want to talk a whole lot more about television, music, movies, politics, technology and the like. Secondly, I was in the process of ignoring this desire of mine and was almost done putting the finishing touches on an upcoming three(?) part series on philosophy and theology, when @NPRnews popped on my twitter feed with a link to where they are currently streaming the new Regina Spektor album (due out June 23rd).
Let’s just say the philsophy series got put on hold for a day or two.
This album is spectacular.
I’ve never listened to Regina Spektor. I regret that now. This album (according to NPR) was produced by four different people in four different places at four different times. For those circumstances to produce this record is astonishing. Admittedly, I was really enjoying just the music, vocals, and melodies. Until I heard the song below. I really had no idea how wonderful of a lyricist she is. Good gracious. And no, I don’t just like the song because it talks about God (in fact, she’s a practicing Jew, apparently). The lyrics are so thoughtful and smart, the music is so beautiful, and the melodies are those of a very experienced artist.
There are so many beautiful nuances in this record. I will spend the next week or so plumbing their depths. Current favorites tracks are: The Calculation, Blue Lips, Laughing With, Human of the Year, Dance Anthem of the 80’s, Genius Next Door, Man of a Thousand Faces.