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The AV Club took some time to listen to the record and not have such a knee jerk response. http://www.avclub.com/review/u2s-digital-surprise-has-some-value-despite-its-pr-209161
I love the “This Week in Pop” column and Stereogum’s increasingly wide focus on a lot of different genres, but I don’t know how this piece is anything except SEO clickbait. “And because she’s filthy rich, she went down to Brazil to celebrate the final in style, getting drunk with the players and documenting it on social media. Let’s see what the good girl gone bad was up to all weekend….” Just looks like something from TMZ.
The Verve/Richard Ashcroft did it first and better.
I loved it when I saw him on the Yeezus Tour, but my friends at Bonnaroo said it was not received very well there, but maybe they just didn’t know what to expect.
Her new album is pretty good dude.
I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or just forthrightly dismiss it as a publicity stunt.
Jack White seems to have a greater appreciation and understanding for hip-hop culture though. Doubt he’d sue someone for rapping over “The Hardest Button to Button.”
He had lawyers sue Joe Walsh and Don Felder (Eagles band members) if they covered Eagles songs on their own. Yup.
What people seem to be missing is that “Lana Del Rey” is a contrived persona, as all pop stars (but especially her) are in some respect. Of course she’s going to say edgy and controversial and tragic sounding things before her album drops. Dan Auerbach, who produced Ultraviolence, described her as looking at her music like an art project. I don’t see why this should be any different.
Exile on Main St is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I don’t hear that all that much here, but I’ll check again. Him producing a Stones album would be great, feel like their latter day stuff is really held back by how polished it sounds.