Fine, I admit it — I didn't jump onto the Lana Del Rey bandwagon until Nusardel posted about her(I'm convinced that you're reading this. Um, thanks? I'm so glad that I have a friend with good taste in music?) and "Born To Die" exploded on Tumblr. Now, use your imagination and imagine me watching the videos on her YouTube channel for 23094720 times while silently weeping about quality music these days.
I read this article from New Yorker a while ago and I have a lot of strong
"Why is pop music the only art form that still inspires such arrantly stupid discussion? The debates that surround authenticity have no relationship to popular music as it’s been practiced for more than a century. Artists write material, alone or with assistance, revise it, and then present a final work created with the help of professionals who are trained for specific and relevant production tasks. This makes popular music similar to film, television, visual art, books, dance, and related areas like food and fashion. And yet no movie review begins, “Meryl Streep, despite not being a Prime Minister, is reasonably convincing in ‘The Iron Lady.’ ”
"'Born to Die' is full of rubbery, well-formed melodies and harmonic richness—who cares who wrote much of it—but the character of Del Rey, authentic or not, is so inconsistent that she fades from view, into her own photo spread."Why does people argue about pop music like it's politics? Music is important, but it's not like anyone is going to die or get run over by a car if the artists don't create the songs themselves. Besides you probably listen to music to feel good about yourself, not because it's "cool" or "hipster" or on top of the charts.
That was a long introduction. Here's what I think of the whole album —
Born To Die is very retro, very 50's, very pin-up girl. Although all the songs are slightly repetitive(I still can't tell them apart. Food for thought: it's like Born This Way expect the songs are... different?), they are intriguing without being overly difficult to understand. Soulful without being an Amy Winehouse, or the soundtrack to a James Bond movie. You lot had probably listened to Video Games or Blue Jeans or Born To Die so much times you can't even count, but National Anthem and Off To The Races are surprising dirty. I mean, Lolita references! "Light of my life, fire of my loins!" "Baby, put on heart-shaped sunglasses cause we gonna take a ride." Please excuse my absence while I listen to Dark Paradise and cry for the rest of my life.