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Music review: Lana Del Rey

Tue, 17 Oct 2017

Lana Del Rey Lust For Life

You know what? I just love everything Lana Del Rey does, and Lust For Life is no different. I was nervous for this album due to her contention that it was the “light” side of the darkness of Born To Die. That, coupled with all the “feat.” guests, seemed like a recipe for disaster, but she pulled it off.

The featured guests work to create worthwhile interludes, bringing palettes of their own style to Del Rey’s world—but she’s still holding the brush and painting the strokes. And as for the “light” this album is supposed to represent…? It’s there for the openers (“Love” and “Lust For Life”) and adds a silver lining to tracks like “Coachella” and “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing,” but the gloom she mines for inspiration is still overwhelming present, despite these rays of light. Del Rey is still on the run from her demons, still aware of her penchant for self-destructive behavior, and still full of poetic flare.

Bottom line: 5/5

Standout tracks:

  • 13 Beaches
  • In My Feelings
  • God Bless America (And All The Beautiful Women In It)
  • When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing

Music review: Burning Palms

Wed, 11 Oct 2017

Burning Palms False Prophet

It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes False Prophet so amazing. Musically, False Prophet is reminiscent of early Cure (think Pornography) or Bauhaus or Siouxsie, but such comparisons always fail. That only gives you a sense of the music, not the full depth and breadth of the way the twangy guitars layer over driving bass lines and drums that pound with ritualistic timing, driving you into madness or euphoria.

The sometimes off-key tuning and blistering guitar solos further build an underlying sense of unease that draws you in and hypnotizes you. Eerie vocals dripping menace and supernatural danger display a wide range of ability from Simone Stopford, who always evokes the right mood at the right time, from rumbling threats to banshee wails of surprise. She works with the music to build a soundtrack of fear that still leaves enough dark corners to hide in while the terror passes.

Lyrically, Burning Palms uncovers the darkness beneath the light: This is what happens when the sun goes down. In the darkness, we seek the light; in the light, we crave the shadows and look for the moon. We can’t see the things following us, but we know they’re there—False Prophet is the soundtrack to keep you moving; the intricate sound of the subtle horrors that both surround us and feed us: “I did the drugs, I warped my mind.”

Inner tracks “Dusk” and “Dawn” are minimalist masterpieces that complete the picture and anchor False Prophet in a playground at the edge of night. These seemingly throw-away tracks, each under a minute, elevate the overall experience and tie together the other ten tracks into a single story. The album becomes more than just a collection of songs because of them, and they prove the level of detail and artistry displayed with every note, wail, and drum beat of False Prophet. If you have to distill it to a single, “Lies” is the perfect track to test the waters: It’s the perfect microcosm of everything that makes the album great, starting with slow menace and building to a blinding crescendo, with the tantric repetition of “the sun, the moon” along the way.

But the album is so much more than single songs—it’s a whole cloth that never loses steam, and when it ends you only want to hear it again.

Bottom line: 4/5

Standout tracks:

  • False Prophet
  • Lies
  • Wax-Wane

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1709 Lists

Alice Merton | Starcrawler | Babewatch | Wolf Alice | Billie Eilish
The War On Drugs | The Coathangers | Nine Inch Nails | Lana Del Rey | Twisted Wires
Alice Glass | Kesha | Foster The People | Amy Shark | Lady Gaga | Lissie

1708 In the Basement

Pumarosa | Johnny Jewel | Rebekah Del Rio | Lana Del Rey | The Killers
Zomboy, Bok Nero | Zig Zags | The Buttertones | Kesha
Dead Coast | Mosa Wild | Computer Magic | George Ezra | Emily Haines

1707 New New Digs Mix

Greta Van Fleet | Ruby the Hatchet | Wolf Alice | Lindsey Buckingham & Christie McVie
Gin Wigmore | Royal Republic | Two Feet | Demen | machineheart
Poolside | LP | Phoenix | Oh Wonder | Chromatics | Halsey | Youngr

1706 Blue Post-It Notes

Kill the Noise + Feed Me | Halsey | Weezer | Galactic | White Reaper
Bruce Springsteen | Blonde Redhead | Zig Zags | The Scandals | Now, Now
Sir Sly | Bleeker | Dorothy | All Them Witches | Mavis Staples

1705 Banana Bread on the Stove

White Reaper | Ron Gallo | Rebel and a Basketcase | Halsey | Kelly Lee Owens
Run the Jewels | Kiss Me Deadly | K.Flay | Empire of the Sun
Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd | Portugal. The Man | Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
Chastity Belt | FIDLAR | Wings | Bleachers | Post Death Soundtrack

1704 Morning Rush

Nine Inch Nails | Alice Glass | Lee Hazlewood | Jessica Hoop | Milo Greene
Crystal Fairy | Bleeding Knees Club | Feels | The Black Angels | The Shins
Le Butcherettes | K.Flay | Decorum | Colleen Green | Bleached | Old 97's

1703 Invested in the Team

Goldfrapp | Portugal. The Man with Zoe Manville | Ryan Adams
Alela Diane, Ryan Francesconi | Kaskets with Sheng Moua | Nalyssa Green
Temples | The Orwells | Chevelle | Bleached | Kelvin Jones
Lana Del Rey | Gothic Tropic | The Black Angels | L.A. Witch

1702 Timeout Override

Wax Tailor | The Walters | The Babe Rainbow | Lucius | Kaleo | Drab Majesty
Marian Hill | Tom Tom Club | Muddy Magnolias | Quilt | Cherry Glazerr
Silja Sol | Run the Jewels feat. BOOTS | Descendents | Girlpool

1701 Too Many Scissors

The Mystery Lights | The Sounds | Lady Gaga | Rag'n'Bone Man
Hello Violet | Trudy and the Romance | Golden Streets of Paradise
War on Women | Saint Motel | Dirty Heads | GEMS | Walk Off the Earth
Hembree | Kim Gordon | The Shins | machineheart | STRFKR | Japandroids

1600 2016 Year in Review

Plague Vendor | Savages | Operators | Aurora | Band of Skulls
Brian Fallon |Ladyhawke | Bleached | SWMRS | Beach Slang | The Pack A.D.
Kitten | Lush | White Lung | Metallica | Magic Shoppe

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