Lana Del Rey’s mythos runs deep. The music-blog lightning rod and human California-culture personification can’t (or won’t) even upload a video of herself singing an acoustic song in a crappy carpeted room without all of us projecting our biases upon it. This performance clip might strip down her track “Blue Jeans” to just voice and guitar, but it’s still filmed in glammed-out fake-vintage Hipstamatic style, and she still Betty Boops her way all through it. Also, when Lana Del Rey goes barefoot, it doesn’t exactly seem like a comfort-based decision, you know?
Anyway, if you already hate Lana Del Rey, you will almost certainly see this video as further evidence of the indie underground’s self-conscious slippage toward E!-network reality-show fodder, or of music blogs’ willingness to post anything featuring pretty girls, even if those pretty girls are demonstrably awful people. And if you like Lana Del Rey, you’ll note that “Blue Jeans” remains a pretty great song even with its languid strings gone, and you’ll admire Del Rey’s ability to play around with her own symbolism even in a seemingly innocuous video like this one. Reinforce your opinion below.
Let’s keep this argument going!