OMFG, one of thee biggest Lana haters has finally converted!!! Bob Lefsetz finallys gets it, understands the genius, the beauty behind Lana!!!
I lowkey am getting emotional, choked up b/c I’m so excited that he now gets what her true fans have seen: the raw emotion, the true musicianship behind her artistry. She exposes herself, leaves it all out there: the good, the bad, the ugly, the crazy!
Lefsetz’s words ring true to what I’ve been saying for the longest!:
It’s like a modern day Doors record. It’s dark. She’s the female Jim Morrison. In tone, if he only sung when he was stoned and if she wrote slightly better lyrics.
Or she’s Lou Reed with a better voice.
Shared my body and my mind with you
That’s all over now
We do live in a sharing economy! But what’s striking is Lana’s the anti-Katy, the anti-Rihanna, she’s not employing post-feminist girl power, all about physique and outfits, it’s almost like she’s on drugs in a dark room and is telling you her story and doesn’t even care if you’re listening, which makes you want to!
And the track is nearly endless. 6:39. And although hypnotic, repetitive.
But so intriguing. It’s what music used to be, not playing to the station or the masses but just you, the individual, who wants to participate but is flummoxed by society. That’s what records used to be, comforters, even if they were metal, they were blankets to wrap ourselves up in to stay warm, to survive…
But the records today usually feature this same attitude, let me beat you over the head, let me throw everything at you, let me be overdramatic to convince you I’m better than you and you should pay attention to my explosion while I whore myself out to every corporation who’ll have me. But “Cruel World” evidences none of this.
Got your bible and your gun
You like your women and you like fun
I like my candy and your heroin
And I’m so happy, so happy now you’re gone
Where did this come from? It doesn’t sound like the protagonist even has a Facebook account, she certainly doesn’t tweet, she texts to connect, but she’s not interested in the big world, only her own, which makes us want to delve in too, because we’re sick of self-promotion, that of others and ourselves.