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Hard News: Review: Lana Del Rey, 'Born To Die'

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  • Tamara,

    I am so annoyed I'm stuck at the office with no audio on my computer :(. I have a decent value Marbecks voucher to spend I do so want to make it worthwhile. Keep the recommendations coming!

    As for remixes of such things, the Short Club remix of Florence and the Machine's Cosmic Love is beautiful.

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to DexterX,

    Lana Del Rey it is Ok - but I have enough other great music to catch up on that is less derivative.to pay her any mind.

    What would you say 'Video Games' is derivative of? I can't think of any other song that sounds like that.

    I like the album, mostly, because while it contains elements of various sorts of pop music, it's really quite different to most current pop music. As you might expect from a hip- hop producer working with a full orchestra.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Rob S,


    It's Friday after all.

    Since Apr 2010 • 82 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Tamara,

    I just had a load of music arrive this morning, courtesy of my brother in Berlin, who fancies himself as my tutor in music appreciation. Some of the stuff that he sent that I enjoyed was: The Chain Gang of 1974


    Escort

    Feist

    Hercules and Love Affair

    Jose James

    and Simian Ghost

    There was a lot of music there - most of which I had never heard of before. Alpine, Atlas Sound, The Big Pink, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Boris, Caged Animals, Chairlift, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Dan Mangan, Daughter, The Dear Hunter, Deer Tick, Ernest Gonzales, Fionn Regan, First Aid Kit, Friends, Future Islands, Gigi, Goyte, Grouplove, The Juan MacLean, Kathleen Edwards, Kathryn Calder, Ladytron, Laura Marling, Loney Dear, Los Campesinos, M83, Metronomy, Mutemath, Neon Indian, Pallers, Real Estate, Release the Sunbird, Ryan Adams, Sandro Perri, Sepalcure, Southern Shores, Starfucker, Tennis, Trust, Twin Sister, Wintercoats, and Wolf Gang.

    Get googling!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What would you say 'Video Games' is derivative of?

    There have been noises about this, but I can't tell really, as it was all Greek to me.

    The singing starts at 41 secs.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Best comment on Del Rey's video games.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Oops, sorry, fell asleep and landed on my z key.

    Gabe511 2 hours ago

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4897 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    what a wonderfully interesting lot of artists across a spectrum of fashionable genres you've landed :)

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 342 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to JacksonP,

    that vocal phrasing sure sounds similar

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

    There have been noises about this, but I can’t tell really, as it was all Greek to me.

    Part of the melody is somewhat similar – which of course has never happened in the history of popular music ever – but basically it just seems to be another peg for the haters.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    but basically it just seems to be another peg for the haters.

    Which I probably should have left out there in the obscurity.

    Jackie, I have been getting a bit hoked on Feist, and they were good at Laneway. Although the PA died in the middle of a song, and so did her mic, which left the band playing the intro for several minutes while they fixed it. She bounced back Ok.

    Certainly seems to handle the live thing better than some, especially with such a quiet song as this.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to bob daktari,

    I know. It was a bit of a surprise. Hame has hugely eclectic taste – music is his everything really – and he’s always trying to get me to broaden my musical horizons. His trick is that he always throws in something I am bound to love - like Jose James so I have to listen to it all to sort the wheat from the chaff. I didn’t like much on that list – all a bit alt or rock-y for me. But I thought others would enjoy the selection.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to JacksonP,

    Really lovely. Stuff like that is often difficult, live. Songs are sometimes so dependent on where they are sung. I am minded of the year that Breaks Co-op played at BDO, which I thought was a bit strange, being as that particular album's music was best consumed in an intimate setting. I understand it was disappointing for them, and no wonder.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    theres a lot in your crate Jackie that are wonderful... but also more aligned for the young - ie mining territory many of us have been over before especially the indie rock stuff - if I was young I'd think a lot of that haul brilliant but alas I'm just young at heart

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 342 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Another listen to Born To Die while preparing dinner.

    Anyone who says this is derivative, same-old pop music has not actually listened to the record. It contains bits of everything from MOR pop ballad to hip-hop. Things jump in and out of the mix like a dub production. There is an orchestra.

    Of the later songs on the album, ’Million Dollar Man’ is a swaggering retro ballad that suggests she actually can sing, at least in the studio.

    ‘This Is What Makes Us Girls’, about being one of the hot girls at school, has an amazing, dubstep-tempo chorus that Rebecca Black could sing.

    Indeed, I keep feeling like this thing is one big dubstep remix in waiting. Pop is slowing down.

    I agree with the reviewers who suggest that the character is only intermittently carried through. If this was meant to be a literary concept album, their attention wandered. But as an interesting take on 2012 pop music: yeah, I just keep liking this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to bob daktari,

    Yes, I had thought that too. Glad I'm not alone!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    I don't tweet, so can I just mention here that Colin's twitter debut has made my night.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lilith __,

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    Colin's twitter debut has made my night.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3559 posts Report Reply

  • Tamara, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Thanks Jackie!

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Lofty views...

    Now, about that Mansion on the Hill, seems to be
    a popular meme amongst songsters.

    there is most definitely an Audience for it...
    even just a house on the hill will do!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5061 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    a house on the hill will do!

    I'm moving to a house on the hill on Wednesday. White Zone FTW! I hope. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    BTW anyone who thinks LDR’s persona is contrived or silly should watch the new Madonna video. If that sounds like a punishment, it is.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Lilith __,

    the grassy knoll...

    I'm moving to a house on the hill on Wednesday.

    Have fun, here's some housekeeping tips ...
    (in case this whole council thing/city goes nookular...)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pGJcwaUWNZg#!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5061 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That's Motivation

    Jeepers! Well OK I'll keep the place clean if it'll prevent nuclear war....

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Anyone who says this is derivative, same-old pop music has not actually listened to the record.

    Then you go on to say what it is derivative of.

    as an interesting take on 2012 pop music:

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4897 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    And there is this...

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4897 posts Report Reply

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