Been waiting for someone to write this post (there’s more). I have to admit I fundamentally don’t understand the venom about Lana Del Rey. The primary complaints appear to be that she has a “manufactured” image, which, DUH, it’s an IMAGE, that’s the POINT, and that said image is a problematic performance of womanhood, which, yes, but (a.) that’s not exactly new in the music world and (b.) a problematic performance of something can still have incredible entertainment and artistic value: see “West, Kanye.” There’s also the “can’t perform live” thing, but, well, very few people in this world really can perform live, and she’s also in her early twenties, so that doesn’t surprise me one bit.
Don’t get me wrong — I don’t really even like her that much, I think the songs are pretty decent and her voice is an intriguing instrument, but come on, folks, she’s just a product, like everything else in this world. You wouldn’t write 5,000-word screeds about Doritos flavors you don’t like, no matter how much other people like them.
Adele’s “Someone Like You” was co-written by the guy from Semisonic.
Not sure how I missed that until now.
(The presence of that guy, Ryan Tedder, and Rick Rubin on that record doesn’t do a whole lot of favors for the “Adele is so authentic / sui generis” argument you still hear occasionally, but whatever, not the kind of thing I get worked up about anymore.)
(And of course I had to look at the Wikipedia page for 21 when “Rumor Has It” came on at Crate & Barrel, because of course it would, and I got the idea in my head that Cathy Dennis wrote it. IF ONLY. Also, yes, I’ve been at Crate & Barrel a lot lately, I am kind of being a total yuppie the last couple months, I don’t want to talk about it.)
I write an email in which “Johnny Depp” is autocorrected to “Johnny Drip” four times, and am embarrassed about it.