Pop’s poutalicious Lana Del Rey has taken a battering online, with critics accusing the singer (previously known as Lizzy Grant) as a re-launched-phoney-indie-hipster-songstress tugged mercilessly by her record executive puppeteers.
The heated debate seems largely to have missed the point — that pop by its very nature is manufactured and the genre’s “artists”, despite their occasional stabs at profundity, are commercial constructs, there for our listening, dancing and occasionally viewing pleasure.
If Ms Elizabeth Grant finds greater success with (allegedly) plumper limps and a Spanishy name (decidedly more exotic than “Lizzy Grant” which sounds like an American diner franchise), then so be it.
For more thoughts on Born To Die and the pop princess that spawned it, read The New Yorker’s canny take, as well as The Telegraph’s view. And for sheer blog bile, there’s always the The Hispter Runoff, which is so incensed by the Del Rey phenomenon that it appears to have re-branded as The Lana Del Rey Report.
BY ALEXANDER MATTHEWS