Listening thru the discography once again. She is magnificent. A once in a generation talent. If she is the last rock star in a world about to collapse (and she is) then it couldn’t be more perfect. Nobody can touch her. She is all that and more.
Also there is an unreleased album of Lana and Alex Turner material
She was working with the last shadow puppets on an album. Some stuff got reworked for other things but there could be more that’s unreleased
Say yes to heaven. California from NFR. Thunder and Dealer from Blue Bannisters and there’s something on a miles Kane album too
The demo for thunder is what I’d imagine that stuff would have sounded like
Really regret not seeing her live yet. At this point she has so much good music that I am unlikely to be fully satisfied with any show she puts on!
so the NFR listen:
- one of the best opening tracks/couplets ever, totally iconic
- Venice Bitch still stuns me, still one of her top 3/top 5 tracks easy
- for how piano-ballady a lot of it is, keeps you really engaged, has enough melodic depth and lyrical flourishes that it doesn’t get as samey as I kept expecting it to
- do think Doin’ Time could happily be removed, sounds like early Lana but not as good or fun
- I clearly know the beginning and end pretty well, but that middle run of Cinnamon Girl - How to disappear - California is stunning, not sure I remembered them and all blew me away (love love that thick synth section in Cinnamon Girl)
- that little “bar t-t-tender” stutter is gorgeous
- hope is a dangerous thing is a stupid good ending track, right? hardly an original thought but still captivated me “24/7 Sylvia Plath” just makes me grin every time
One of the best songs of the last ten years full stop.
3 stars from the guardian
Opened my girlfriend’s laptop to find she follows a massive playlist on Spotify with unauthorized uploads of unreleased Lana tracks. She’s deeper down the rabbit hole than I knew!
Did you know that there’s a massive playlist on Spotify with unauthorized uploads of unreleased Lana tracks.
Dissers listening to lana
Zane Lowe’s let himself go
Kind of interesting that they all seem to engage with Lana’s music on a totally sincere level straight away, iirc the reception for Born to Die was initially pretty lukewarm.
the initial reception to Born to Die was pathetic and came from a place of suspicion and snobbery
it’s a remarkable album
Yeah if you think she kicked into another gear with NFR! I can buy that - but she’s been writing great songs since day 1
The consensus was that she was a ‘front’ for an entire team, and somehow inauthentic & without depth.
It felt stupid at the time. It’s frankly ludicrous now.