"Video Games"

With her self-described "gangster Nancy Sinatra" look and crackedactress name, Lana Del Rey has a burnt mystique that's almost as striking as her debut single's torpid majesty. Del Rey (real name Lizzy Grant) stretches her sloshed-succubus pout over an orchestral track somewhere between Cat Power and Fiona Apple, as she evokes a jobless afternoon of cheap, lazy splendor: "Kissing in the blue dark/Playing pool and wild darts/Video games?" The beautifully washed-out video only adds to the air of aimless decadence.

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From The Archives Issue 1141: October 13, 2011
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