If you saw Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” up on the big screen last year, you might still have Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” in your head (I do, anyway). Del Rey recently added a few shows to her upcoming tour, including a performance at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($49.50) go on sale this Friday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. Continue reading
The knock on Lana Del Rey is that she’s all style and no substance, a pouty product placement trading on unearned hipster cred that was essentially manufactured by a major-label marketing machine.
Put another way, she’s the ideal embodiment of an age of grasping artifice on her new album, “Born to Die” (Interscope). It’s a fascinating blend of calculated naïveté, cynical nihilism and naked ambition, sometimes juxtaposed one line to the next on songs that mix swirling string arrangements with hip-hop beats; retro-chic with a shrewd, modern self-awareness.
In fact, it’s hard to figure out whether the vitriol directed at Del Rey (nee Lizzy Grant, 25, an alumna of Connecticut’s Kent School boarding school) stems from a sense that she’s phony, or from discomfort that her alleged phoniness is a more accurate reflection of our values than we like to admit. She’s either superficially authentic, or authentically superficial, and neither is much of a credit to the ribbon-for-participation cohort to which she belongs. Continue reading