So, previous to writing this post, I had no idea who Lana Del Rey was. I was suffering from a lack of ideas and some fine fellow suggested that I write about her, and so here I am. I Googled her, and my first impression was: indie singer with a bit of an upper-lip Botox problem and a possible eyeliner addiction. There were some eerie Lindsay Lohan similarities around the face–weird tube lips and an unflattering shade of blonde dye–but I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt.
And, I have to say, I’m kind of glad I did. If you were to mix Duffy, Lily Allen, and a little pinch of Lykke Li swished around with some super-early Kate Nash (think “Caroline’s a Victim”) and some rouged-up Old Hollywood, you would get Lana Del Rey. Or a really gross cocktail.
I recommend “Kinda Outta Luck” for something a little more weird (she talks about killing her dad and putting him in the trunk of his vehicle, so even if the tune doesn’t strike you as odd those lyrics are wackadoo), and “Video Games” if you feel like being sad. (Although I have to say, that’s a dick move on her part, because nothing sounds more upbeat than a song about arcade fun-times.)
She does kind of have a sultry slut voice a little, which is a bit annoying if you’re not trying to get raspily seduced through your headphones. But in the interest of fairness, it must be hard to talk around those lips. She also says, “Heaven is a place on Earth wit you,” but who am I, the pronunciation police?
On the whole, I think she’s a pretty interesting singer, and some of her songs I would actually listen to, which is usually the mark of a music artist you like, right? But a lot of stuff I read about her was in the vein of, “Is Lana Del Rey the Indie Kreayshawn?” and “Does Lana Del Rey Suck (At Music, Not At Other Things Like You Might Assume Because of Those Inflatable Porn-Star Lips)?” There’s a lot of hate and people calling her “fake-indie” and Idon’tevenknowwhatthefuck. Long story short, opinions on her are mixed, which is fine with me, because I handily enough have my very own opinion!
My verdict? Lana Del Rey is talented, has a pretty cool retro voice when she’s not pressing the nasally attempted-sex-appeal too hard, and is definitely listenable. As for originality, I wasn’t bowled over, but this is 2011, when you can find 4,853 songs in the Acoustic Country-Metal-Fusion Trip-Hop Grunge Faux-Electronica genre. Besides her mouth (SHE LOOKS LIKE A GUPPY I CAN’T STAND LOOKING AT IT–seriously, though, check out some old pictures of her and prepare for some shock), I generally liked her. So, there, can this make up for the fact that I haven’t updated my WildHearts Music of the Week in…well, a lot of weeks.