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Lana Del Rey - Chelsea Hotel No.2, Black Beauty and random thoughts



For anyone who has any doubts about Lana Del Rey's hauntingly broad range of talents, here are two songs and videos that capture the beauty of her voice and presence at its most vulnerable and simply moving.

Chelsea Hotel #2 is a Leonard Cohen song that Lana Del Rey sings even more beautifully than Cohen (and I love Cohen), bringing to it the strange kind of frailty that Lou Reed brought to songs like Perfect Day (both Cohen and Reed videos are below.)

The second Del Rey song is Black Beauty, from her album Ultraviolence, made all the more beautiful here by the "fanmade" music video by Peter Tatsis, which features vintage footage of female dancers (along with footage of Del Rey herself, from other videos) which in its own way is as haunting as Lana Del Rey's tender song and voice.

Lana Del Rey's music now strikes me as comparable in a sense to early Bowie: enormously varied, hugely accomplished and at the same time the beginning of a long wonderful road trip to new musical landscapes, most likely as unexpected as, in Bowie's case, the transition from Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to Station To Station, Low, Heroes and beyond.







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