Friday, October 12, 2012

Ride | Lana Del Rey

Rating: ★★★★★

I believe it has already been noted on this blog that I have an obsession with Lana Del Rey. (Well actually, my passion for Lady Gaga is stronger than that for Lana, but since Lady Gaga is being relatively quiet while preparing for ARTPOP, my love for Lana has been a bit more prominent lately.) Anyway, I've spent the past two days ripping my hair out while waiting for the premiere of Lana Del Rey's film for "Ride," and I finally got my wish this morning.

When I woke up this morning, I logged onto both Lana Boards and Gaga Daily, and on each forum I was met with threads about the new video. About two minutes into the video (which included the majority of the video's monologue), I began to tear up. It didn't take long to figure out what the video was about: a young, failing singer that falls into prostitution.

The video was well-thought out and had a great plot. It contained scenes ranging from Lana walking down a dark city street and waiting for another man to pick her up for the night, to her riding on an open road with a gang of bikers, to her having sex on a pinball machine with a middle-aged man. Despite the dark theme and a few rather disturbing scenes, the video overall was a masterpiece, and could be considered one of the best music videos ever.

The song by itself also memorized me. The overall meaning and sound of the song were enough to win my love. But now, the video has just put the icing on the cake. Now I'm anxiously waiting for the November release of Born To Die: The Paradise Edition. But until then, "Ride" will just have to satisfy my craving for new music from Lana Del Rey.

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