Cruel World

 

My absolute favorite from the album. The first listen, the song didn’t appeal to me. Took me awhile to fall in love with this song. Listening to this feels like sitting in one of those rides in the theme park that spins you round and round, then it only gets faster and makes you feel dizzier until towards the end when the spinning slows down and you walk out of it feeling all wobbly.

I’m bad in identifying musical instruments in a music piece, besides the drums; cymbals and the guitar. The way I’d describe the instrumentals all the way to the chorus would be: the song started out with the distinct strumming of the electric guitar. One strum after another, you’ll start to hear the sound of the drums as the pre-chorus moves in. When the chorus is sung, you hear the sound of cymbals hitting against each other beat by beat.

Lana starts the song, singing in her usual melancholy voice, with occasional pauses, and her voice is crisp clear. The pre-chorus, below, feels like the verge of “losing it”. The juxtaposition of the “bible” and the “gun” placed in the same line and possessing both of these contradicting items at the same time – one that is supposedly used for salvation, the other used for a complete opposite purpose. The way I’d interpret these lyrics is that she’s trying to get back at the guy for the love that was never returned, or betrayed.

Got your bi-ble, got your gunnn
And you like to par-ty and have fun
And I like my can-dy and your wo-men
I’m finally hap-py, now that you’re gone

Then the coarseness of the voice creeps in the chorus part.

Put my little red party dress on
Everybody knows I’m the best, I’m crazyyyyy
Get alil bit of Bourbon in ya
Get alil bit of suburban and go crazyyyyy
Because you’re young, you’re wild, you’re free
You’re dancing circles around me
You’re fucking crazy, you’re crazy around me

Maybe it’s the sense of helpless and self-abandonment that appeals to the listeners. There are the highs and lows. Though I can’t relate abit to this song at all, like one cannot feel depressive about something that haven’t happened to them. What I like about this song is how the instrumentals and lyrics complemented each another, how it’s churned out in a mix well enough to produce the intended feel.

Yes, the music or the lyrics aren’t rhythmically catchy the way most pop songs in the billboard charts do. I would also agree that some of the other songs in this album would sound more pleasant, in both their music and lyrics. But there’s just something about Cruel World that makes it stands out from the rest.

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Starstruck Sunday

Today was an eventful day! I guess it would be considered “eventful” for me. I finished the book, titled Sweet Offerings – which is the sequel book to Bitter-Sweet Harvest which I reviewed on previously. I bought new clothes (supposedly) for the upcoming Chinese New Year – which is a tradition that the Chinese consider to symbolize a new start. The clothing isn’t all fanciful and red, it’s just an addition to the clothes I’d wear when I go out on any other common day. Today is in fact just like any other Sunday. I had my favorite Indian food with Dad and Sis. Beef jerky is always a must-have for me in Indian Rojak, complementing it with sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Besides those, I also received a message from Lana!

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It makes me really happy to know that she read those messages! At one point, it feels like a starstruck moment – my heart feels full, overwhelming. She’s always quiet, quiet, quiet… and then surprise! She’s also set to release a cover of the Sleeping Beauty classic, Once Upon A Dream, for the upcoming Disney film Maleficent. This song would be novelty piece to Lana’s current range of released songs/covers – the breathy, deep voice everyone perceives her to only have. I can’t wait to listen to her version of this fairy tale classic. And how she’s gonna modulate her pitch to this song! 

Once Upon A Dream Single Artwork
Source: Hypable

Listen to it here, xx

My thoughts on TROPICO.

TROPICO is a 27-minutes short film, featuring 3 songs from the Paradise EP, titled “Body Electric”, “Gods and Monsters” and “Bel Air”. It is directed by Anthony Mandler – who also directed the music video for “Ride” and written by Lana Del Rey herself.

The film tells the tale of Adam and Eve, where Lana plays Eve in the film. There are 3 parts in the film – Eve in the Garden of Eden (first part) was banished down to Earth, in Los Angeles – to become a pole dancer (second part) and then the final part, she returned to Paradise after “serving her term” on Earth (?) There’re a number of scenes with (very) explicit content but those aren’t the only parts which represent the film as a whole.

Introducing… the characters:

      

      

Source: teamlanadelrey

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Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio

Daily Prompt posts: On the interview show Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions. What are your responses?

1. What is your favorite word?

The word ‘Paradise‘ came to me. A hell-colored flame sky. I first came across this figure of speech in the lyrics of two songs.

Velvet Crowbar by Lana Del Rey:

“Flame colored paradise for you darling,
but death doesn’t come with a warning.”

Angels Forever by Lana Del Rey:

“Paradise is a hell-colored flame sky.

Those lyrics have become my favorite ever since I heard them – especially those lyrics for ‘Velvet Crowbar‘. The literal illustration of Heaven is not too unconvincing. Heaven does look flamed when you’re looking up the sky from Earth.

Later, I found that the phrase originated from Nabokov’s novel, Lolita ; “… a paradise whose skies were the color of hell-flames – but still a paradise.”

Paradise – a heaven of temptations.

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Black Beauty.

I paint my nails black,
I dye my hair a darker shade of brown,
Cause you like your women Spanish, dark, strong and proud.

I paint the sky black.
You said if you could have your way,
You’d make a nighttime world today,
So it’d suit the mood of your soul.

Oh, what can I do?
Nothing, my sparrow blue.

[Chorus]
Oh, what can I do?
Life is beautiful,
But you don’t have a clue.
Sun and ocean blue,
Their magnificence, it don’t make sense to you.
Black beauty, oh.
Black beauty, oh.

I paint the house black,
My wedding dress black leather too.
You have no room for light,
Love is lost on you.

I keep my lips red,
The same like cherries in the spring.
Darling you can’t let everything,
Seem so dark blue.

But oh, what can I do?
To turn you on,
Or get through you?

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Daily Prompt: Your Life, the Book

Daily Prompt postFrom a famous writer or celebrity, to a WordPress.com blogger or someone close to you — who would you like to be your biographer?

I would like Lana Del Rey to be my biographer.

A short introduction to this amazing artist:- She is an American singer and she sings alot about her love, hollywood, Lolita, America and just the 1940 to 50’s era. There’re just so many songs she have written over the years; besides the ones she released on her official albums. They reflect a sort of naivety, innocence, joy and just so little of angst, hatred or extreme negative emotions. She sings alot about past memories and you could actually imagine and think of how it’d be like to be in her shoes when you listen to her voice and the words she used in the songs. But what the critics say is that her songs reflect sadness and regretful feelings – which is true as well and I thought it could probably be a sequel to her singing about the past (happy) memories of her love. She enjoys reading and there’re plenty of references from Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde to Vladimir Nabokov in the songs she wrote (i.e. Body ElectricGods & MonstersOff to the RacesLolita)

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But I can’t say I can relate to her because what I experienced is entirely different from hers -when I feel frustrated or worthless, I just listen to Marina & The Diamonds because she sings what I feel and it makes me feel better so much better to know that I’m not alone. And I do feel that she actually felt like this once.

Then why Lana Del Rey? Having to listen to her music and know her better through various media platforms like news articles, interviews, her social network sites, etc., there’s this impression she gives me – that she feels appreciative about life and the people involved, which she describes life as “a beautiful sad song“.

Then again, I would like her to document my life because personally, I think her writings evoke more feelings than sense. I want to feel how I’m like in her words, instead of finding sense in words because having to do that will be just plainly describing what I appear and seem to others. I think it’ll be quite an interesting perspective for me to see myself in her eyes. But at the same time, as truthful as I want to be myself and feel good about it when I meet my favorite artists or I could say, attractive people as well, I can’t deny there’s a conscious part of me which fears ruining my impression in her eyes because afterall, these are the people you look up to.

Paradise Tour first show, x :)

3 April 2013 (4 April in SG) marks the first show of Lana’s Paradise Tour, held @ La Galaxie, Amnéville in France! Sharing some videos of her performances at tour, x

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1. National Anthem (my favorite live performance at the tour! Most beautiful instrumentals & the cutest Lana twerk!)

 

2. Summertime Sadness

 

3. Video Games

 

4. Ride

 

3. Carmen (she speaks alittle Spanish in some verse!)

 

4. Million $ Man (despite the LQ, it’s still so hauntingly beautiful)

 

5. Blue Velvet (another favorite ’cause it’s my first time listening to the full live version of this drop dead gorgeous cover :’) )

 

6. Born To Die (Lovin’ the beginning at how it appears like she’s standing by open road in the dark)

 

7. Nirvana’s cover of ‘Heart-Shaped Box

 

Of course there were more! But those were the only full rather-qualifiable quality I’d consider to share it!

The full tour setlist:

Apart from that, the Great Gatsby movie trailer was also out on this day! Alittle teaser of Lana’s “Young & Beautiful” is also featured in the trailer @ 0:22 of the trailer!

I do wish I could upload the A Cappella snippet of the song in this blog post, but it can be found here, if by any chance, anyone wants to listen to it, x 

Good news come in ~double~. Fansites are also stating that there will be a upcoming single by the end of this month! Can’t wait for it already, I don’t know what I’ll be expecting in this music video and her role in it, but it’ll definitely be another novel surprise, just like Chelsea Hotel #2.