First, let me summarize my musical tastes in regards to female artists. I appreciate PJ Harvey, Tori Amos & Fiona Apple primarily. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie by Alanis was a great album too, but I don't care for her later stuff. I care about lyrics, vocal quality, & meaning. I also like there to be a little something more going on musically than just an acoustic guitar. The whole "girl with a guitar" thing does not really work for me. So, all that said...
Lana Del Rey is the most compelling female artist I have heard in years. I listen to new music all the time, HOPING to find something that interests me or catches my attention the way that my other favorite female artists have done in the past. Lana Del Rey does it.
I absolutely cannot wait for her album. I love the orchestrations, her voice, her delivery, her lyrics...I couldn't care less about her image or who came up with it. I don't look at her when I play my I-pod. From my understanding she had a musical career loooong before her new image, so the talent is there. Believe me, the talent is freaking there.
If I play these two songs anymore my Ipod may blow up or something, my infatuation with them is really that bad. Simply amazing. Video Games moves me to tears on my drive to work in the morning and Blue Jeans captures every desperate, crying in the kitchen floor moment of your heartbroken youth that you sometimes wish you could forget about.