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Del Rey’s Anthemic New Video

27 Jun

LDR/JFK

National Anthem is one of my favourite songs from Born To Die and it’s ace to see that it has a video/ is being released as a single. The video is  . . . ambitious. It’s seven minutes long, suitably presidential and Del Rey smoulders throughout. Man, those fireworks are perfection over the introduction. Check it out after the jump:

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Born to Die – Lana Del Rey (Hackman Remix)

16 Feb

So I know on this blog we’ve kind of been going Lana Del C-Rey-zy (that’s why you come here: for the quite frankly world class puns), but having spent the last couple of days in Paris and therefore not being able to write, I’ve decided to charm your ears with this nice little remix of such a big song.

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Carmen – Lana Del Rey

3 Feb

Ho, ho, ho! Welcome to my third and final installment in Lana Del Rey: Backlash The Third! Here’s my review of Summertime Sadness and Dark Paradise. It’s worth noting that if these reviews have convinced you to buy the album (and apparently, many of you have in the U.K) that the Deluxe Edition is a neat extra. Included are Lolita, Without You and Lucky Ones; all pleasant extras. After the jump, there’s a review of Carmen and the track itself. If that’s not a great enough incentive, well, it’s Friday. What else do you have to do?

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Dark Paradise – Lana Del Rey

2 Feb

LDR in B&W: Suitably Dark

Welcome to my rota-organised life, one and all. I’m continuing with reviewing singles off of Born To Die. Great news if you like glamorously cool YouTube stars. Bad news if you don’t like glamorously cool YouTube stars. After apologising last week for my failure at keeping up a weekly column, I didn’t actually talk about the album as a whole. I like it. A lot. But it feels a bit misleading to say, I like the Lana Del Rey album. I like Lana Del Rey (specifically her voice) and I like that she has an album out but I don’t know how I feel about the album as a coherent, studio-produced record. It feels undeniably rushed, probably as a result over the rocketing success of Videogames, but I don’t think that should count against it. It’s a useful comparison when considering 19 and 21. I much prefer 19 (another female popstar’s first album that critics didn’t exactly fawn over) precisely because it feels a little more raw. 21 is awesome but it’s also really polished. The bits that shine off Born To Die (and Videogames) are the neat little flourishes that feel mercurial and organic. Sometimes, they’re a stretch like the bizarro-Gwen Stefani-esque ‘D-A-R-K, do it my way,’ but most of the time, LDR pulls it off. So anyway: Amateur is good, professionalism sometimes boring. Same goes for my writing. Actual music after the jump:

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Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

31 Jan
Surprisingly chipper for this particular post.

Surprisingly chipper for this particular post.

I start off this week, as ever in my life, with an apology. Sorry for the lack of 10 Things I Love About Pop on Saturday. I went out on Friday night and well, that’s enough of an explanation. I did, however meet some awesome people so all’s not lost? Worst apology ever. After a productive team meeting, we’re now established a rota to which I’ll be sticking ruthlessly. For two weeks. Anyway, this week I thought I’d be nice and methodical (because, sometimes I have to be) and blog a few tracks of Lana Del Rey’s debut album. We’re on the backlash to the backlash of her original backlash, which a ride that would give anyone whiplash. And look, I was pretty disappointed after reading Stereogum’s review but the good news is that I bear no such feelings shared by that author. The Times called it a tour de force which, albeit hyperbolic, is closer to how I actually feel. Actual review and no tangential information after the jump:

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