If the music video is an extension of cinema rather than publicity, “National Anthem” deserves a big applause for the elements it focuses on: the cinematography, with Super 8 textures, is excellent, the characters and the moment of JFK's killing are of thriller-like quality, and, apart from the formal aspect, there is the spiritual: the video is epic, twisting the American mythology, a big influence on Lana del Rey's music and image, in an original way. Turning JFK into a black president, getting A$AP Rocky involved in it, and perverting the collective memory with such unexpected resources, takes a lot of guts. Her previous videos look like perfume ads; this one goes way beyond that. To me, this is the video of the month.
I'll take the rococo, the fake tigers, the walks between mansions in a nightgown, like on “Born To Die”, over that American way of life cliché that co-opts the memory of JFK (and Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy as well) every day of the week. Not to mention the “Blue Jeans” video, where she was like Esther Williams surrounded by alligators, which was candy to our eyes, courtesy of Woodkid. This whole transformation of Lana from a femme fatale to a real lady—I don't buy it. That teased hairdo of hers that is a threat to the ozone layer doesn't become her this time.
Albums Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Interviews Lana Del Rey: “I'm Still Trying To Find An Explanation For All The Hate” - An intimate conversation with Elizabeth Grant about fame, hate, generosity and the life of a pop star who never dreamed she would be one
Her new album, “Sun”, got an 8.2 on PlayGround, but not everyone agrees; many people are contrary to her present creative direction
The artist premiered her new clip yesterday, emulating Jackie Kennedy with A$AP Rocky as JFK
The former heiress to the hotel empire made her DJ debut last weekend at a Sao Paolo club
His rider for his DJ gigs includes underwear, an inflatable boat, two bottles of Crystal, mouthwash, brown M&Ms and a pizza
The singer causes scandal in Turkey by flashing one of her breasts during a concert
The Mozza causes a stir again with his comments about Obama and the Jubilee festivities