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Shades of Cool: 12 of Lana Del Rey’s Biggest Influences

From Sixties crooners to ultraviolent contemporary hip-hoppers, here’s some of the vanguards that inspired the RS cover star.

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Lana Del Rey practically taunts you with her wide-reaching range of inspirations. The 29-year-old torch singer born Elizabeth Grant is a nostalgia hall of mirrors, writing about tortured artists, dressing up like lost starlets, and feeding an old-Hollywood aesthetic with her choices of covers. Vintage instrumentation gets shaken (not stirred) with the bounce of hip-hop, reverb coats everything with a sheen of Fifties-via-Nineties dreaminess, and her contralto has the vacant sadness of a faded Coney Island picture postcard. Marking the recent release of her RS cover story and her second album, Ultraviolence, here are some of her most influential droogs. By Reed Fischer

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