As part of Washington post’s series of people that shaped the decade, songstress and aloof siren, Lana del Rey, was named as the person that shaped this decade through her music.
The profile mentions that her newest work is the greatest Lana Del Rey album, dizzying and precise, unknowable and lucid, unprecedented while still feeling like more of the same, genius all the way.
For years, the easiest way to reconcile the strangeness of Lana Del Rey was to tell ourselves that we were listening to a persona. However, she retorts “Never had a persona. Never needed one. Never will.”
Adding to her mystique, the singer’s rise out of the New York open-mic circuit and up through the industry machinery, had been spun into a media narrative about how she wasn’t operating on her own creative volition, as if her songs had been focus-grouped into existence. But her delicate sensibility and the lyrics she wrote by herself, connected with the audience.
She continued to grow into her ideas while listeners demanded to know what her music meant, who it spoke for, what it stood for. Her songwriting and aesthetic style, inspiring and influencing many other artists and peers.
She agrees that too many listeners reflexively hear the slowness in her songs as shorthand for sadness. She just moves through her life at a slower pace. As for the meanings of her lyrics, not all of them are up for discussion.
Lana Del Rey isn’t trying to fool you https://t.co/pt4K6Q9Lgw— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 28, 2019
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