Lana Del Rey.

9 09 2011

When an artist describes them as “Nancy Sinatra with a gun” you’d probably be quick to think, “Whatever dickhead, dream on.” Most of the time I guess you’d be right in thinking that. However this time, it’s pretty damn accurate.

When you expose yourself to one song by Lizzy Grant aka Lana Del Rey, you cannot stop at just one. You have to listen to every single song you can possibly find. Her music will scare you, you will firmly believe that she carries a gun around with her and is some kind of gangster. You know how Alison Mosshart uses that gun in the video to Treat Me Like Your Mother? You pretty much get the same vibe from Lana Del Rey- except she’d do it in a Jazz club or behind closed doors- not in the middle of nowhere. Nobody should make being a gangster attractive, but Lana Del Rey does. She isn’t really one, but I’m going to make believe that she is. For now. Until I get bored and just enjoy her music rather than this mystic creature I’m making her out to be.

This kind of music is much needed, especialy when the charts are riddled with awful manufactured shite. I do not need to name names. At the moment it’s just all thoughtless and entirely shallow. There is depth to Lana Del Rey’s music, Diet Mtn Dew for instance, she questions her lover if they will be in love forever even though she knows the person is bad for her. I guess this proves the theory that a lot of girls want someone who is a bit of a wanker and is bad for them. I don’t have it in me to be that way, which is why well, you know- the good ones end up with nothing. It’s alright- I’ve got books and records. One day that will impress a girl. Probably when I’m about 50 and I’ll HAVE to settle. Brilliant….

The only person who has ever mastered mixing Jazz with Hip Hop is of course, Amy Winehouse. Lana Del Rey is NOT the new Amy Winehouse. She cannot be replaced at all. Ever. Just no. Not going to happen. Lana Del Rey does combine the two, but in a different way to Amy Winehouse. With Amy, you could feel her pain and despair. You wanted to reach out and help her. With Lana, she makes you feel you’re part of the Mob in New York City or Chicago running and hiding for your life. There’s an element of danger to her songs and such sincerity to her voice. At times, you wonder how a 24 year old can make this kind of music. How many crime novels has she read?! She has a truly wonderful voice, well what else can be expected from a former Jazz singer.

When you listen to her music, you do not think you are in 2011. You think you are in 1950s at a Jazz club watching this enigma perform on stage. Her music creates this presence that part of you wants to get close to, but the other part of you fears it. A lot of singers create personas for reasons unknown and really, it just makes them out to be self-absorbed and all they have going for them is a gimmick and no talent (again, I don’t need to name names.) But with Lana Del Rey, you believe she is living out all she is singing. Except, she probably isn’t. But just let yourself believe she is, it;s better if you do. If you don’t- the gangster version of Nancy Sinatra will probably come get you! I presume you’d probably enjoy that.

I honestly cannot praise her talents enough. Her voice is powerful but not in a “I’m going to hit every note and it will sound like I am in agony” kind of way. It does something to you- it is utterly criminal, but in a good way. Trust me, if you listen to her music you will know what I mean. She is so beautiful, to the point where when you watch her videos you’re notpaying attention to what she is saying because she isso captivating. Your eyes will pop out of head, you will be covered in goose-bumps- you will be utterly hypnotised.

After listening to her music you will hate the real world. You will hate your world and wish to be part of Lana Del Rey’s. Just don’t start acting like a Mobster, it won’t start or end well.

 


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