I’m not a total stan for Lana but I have always enjoyed her aesthetic. I have to be in a certain mood for her. Artistically, I completely get her. I love that loaded glittery American dream of Hollywood, femininity, sex, money and power. Sonically, Born to Die is a fantastic piece of pop art. She made a thematic artistic statement and stuck to it. It felt like a concept album, which is unusual for debut albums. It was so left field from what was out there in 2012.
“West Coast” was such a great first single from Ultraviolence , but I wasn’t a big fan of that era. Talk about left field. And I love the Black Keys! Honeymoon felt like a natural progression from Born to Die, and I think that was the point. But I am LIVING for this Lust for Life era.
“Love” was mad decent and fresh to my ears, but I wasn’t completely bowled over. Then I heard “Lust for Life,” and I feel like she’s found a great sound. The masculine viewpoint of the Weekend complements Lana. They bounce each off other so well, and the Weeknd has said as much. He believes that the woman he sings to in his music is the woman in Lana’s music, and vice versa.
It’s fun when two artists sync so well but can still maintain their separate identities. Yet, they come together for fantastic music. It’s tried and true. Look at any duo in the history of pop music: Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Ashford & Simpson, Sonny & Cher, Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, The Carpenters, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, The White Stripes, Peabo Bryson & Celine Dion, Ike & Tina Turner, Donny & Marie.
Yeah, I went there.