LAUGHTER is one of Ian Dury and the Blockheads most underrated albums, and also one of their best. I disagree with the previous reviewer that Dury's best stuff was behind him when he recorded it. Much as I loved NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!!, his first album, plus the various singles he'd released independent of any albums, I thought DO IT YOURSELF, his second long-play, to be a much weaker effort, and LAUGHTER to be a welcome return to form. The gems abound: "Superman's Big Sister" is in the grand tradition of Dury's bawdy-house singalongs; "Yes And No (Paula)" has him careening through disconnected sentences and somehow having it all add up; "F**king Ada" is Dury's bellow of rage at all of life's indignities; and my favorite, "Over The Points" is Ian looking at life through the persona of a railway car blazing down the track, with manic back-up from the rest of the Blockheads. The band, in fact, is in fine fettle here, giving Dury the muscle to pull off his antics. It's a classic Ian Dury album, and one that makes me miss this strange but talented geezer all the more.