A whole day of Lana del Rey Facebook links and I just have to come out with it: why is everyone going bananas for the singer? Fine she’s hot, fine her videos are very well-polished, fine she has some great marketing people behind her but…that does not a true indie musician make. Apparently I’m not the only one not to be taken in, as a quick Google search revealed gazillions of sites calling del Rey out, all quoting various reasons. These are mine.
THAT intro to the Born To Die Video: tattooed guy, flowing locks and the American flag for the mother of all clichés. Seriously, if all it takes for the indie stamp to hold is to throw a couple of tats together while whining soulfully into the mike…then hand me the nearest rotten tomato and watch me jeer with the rest of the world.
THOSE lyrics: Lost but now I am found, I can see but once I was blind? Seriously? Sounds more like the intro to a Britney number than lyrics worthy of the new queen of indie. But hey maybe I’m focusing too much on Born To Die. Let’s move on to Kill Kill. Bound up the stairs, I’m in the shower, Do you know I am going to leave you? That’s like, so deep. Right.
THOSE tunes: Her songs are damned catchy. In a bad way. In the “I expect them to be on the Sunday morning Top 20” way. It’s not that I’m a pretentious pain who only likes music no-one heard about. The Beatles, The Zombies, Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, Queen…I can give you any amount of evidence that this isn’t the case. But there’s a subtle difference between Rolling Stones catchy and Del Rey catchy, thank you very much.
THAT voice: It’s husky, it’s low, there’s nothing wrong with her voice I suppose. But hell it reminds me of a cross between Sarah McLaghlan and Dido. And while Sarah McLaghlan on her own is pretty fine for the rare soppy mood, Dido isn’t. Not for me, anyway. Combine the two and we’ve hit cringe-ville. Maybe I’m imagining this similarity, I don’t know…you tell me.
But, because I’m a nice girl at heart, reasons to like Lana del Rey include:
2. That body
3. Those flowing locks
4. Those…umm. That’s pretty much it.