Lana Del Rey Hides in Plain Sight

This is my confession

But where Earthquakes, with its simple lead single "Silent All These Years" and cover image of the overall-clad Amos attempting to bust out of a box, was about reclaiming an image in favor of "reality," Del Rey's output seems to be sublimating any and all aspects of her self that might be seen as confessional, in favor of putting forth even more artifice. Dig deeper, and it's hard not to wonder if both directions are similar reactions against both the singers' earliest days and the dominant trends of culture. What makes Del Rey's evolution a bit trickier is the increasing encroachment of the always-on online world, which requires at least some level of candor if only because artifice can be an exhausting prospect when always present. What would the blogosphere have made of Tori Amos if the Y Kant-to-Little Earthquakes trajectory had happened now? Perhaps the reaction to Del Rey is a hint, and it's enough to make one wonder if any artist wishing to shed their past can actually do so.

Here, kitty: Lana Del Rey
Nicole Nodland
Here, kitty: Lana Del Rey

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