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  1. Neat info, but that actually strengthens my feelings about a rationalization behind PH's cover (it's just on Lorde's part, not yours). It's still an open question for me if LDR's cover art will actually relate strongly to album songs (certainly LMLYLAW didn't relate over much to its video). Not to beat a dead horse, but with all the flap about inclusiveness on her cover, it does seem strange that people didn't talk more about the lack of males. I get this sort of vibe from that exclusion (although my thoughts about her artistic intentions admittedly tend toward the weird): http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/c9/c3/17cb808a8da04380caff6110.L.jpg
  2. Did someone call for a sycophant recently? However, LDR is an "instagram baddie", so she may be just representing herself on the cover, and not even intending to represent the album's music on the cover. This would make her album cover a strikingly original addition to the "fill-in-the-blank" aesthetic for album covers. For instance Lorde's Pure Heroine cover is a strikingly bad example of that aesthetic. There is no objective interpretation to Lorde's PH cover, and your subjective one seems kind of rationalized (e.g. I can just as easily interpret it as "I give up", as an attempt to represent the work). There have been many albums in this aesthetic, such as the many "white" and "black" albums, and Primus's wonderful, "Brown Album". Kendrick Lamar has also used the concept in a more technically correct fashion than Lorde did ("untitled, unmastered"). Also Kanye West's classic Yeezus cover concept (i.e., "it's not a real album, it's just a bootleg").
  3. All Neil's cover does for me is make me sad she never released Sirens. The standard edition covers work for me, but I have to spin it as something like Petticoat Junction 2020 meets Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned.
  4. If you take Hissing of Summer Lawns and try to create an opposite title lyrically for it, Chemtrails over the Country Club would not have been a bad attempt, imo. I mean high-pitch vs. low rumble, low-altitude vs. high altitude, brown lawns (the hissing was sprinklers I heard) vs. blue skys, residential vs. commercial are some of the opposites I detect. So, at one time, I had a theory the whole album was going to be a lyrical opposite of HOSL (disconfirmed when Grenadine Quarantine was not a song and not the first track). That said the HOSL title track is kind of weird song about domestic captivity and COCC is kind of a weird song about female (well Lana) wilding. LMLYLAW is sort of opposite to Shades of Scarlet Conquering. But Joni's lyrics are much closer to Plath's (i.e. arguably more poetic and harder to understand). Anyway, I hope LDR takes more of the "folk jazz" "avante pop" inspiration from Joni's album, and doesn't do the opposite of that!
  5. As a progression from somewhere to somewhere else, the cover art work for COCC is underrated and possibly interesting. She's on the cover solo through LFL, like most pop-diva covers of her generation. Suddenly on Norman there's a prominent male (who disappears by the back cover). Now on COCC she's surrounded by females, and the females stay prominent on the back cover. This seems consistent with the LMLYLAW video, where males are there but not emphasized (minimized?). The bulk of that video is herself alone or in a montage of primarily-female social situations, which I wouldn't have predicted given the song's title.
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    I agree with you; I'm just saying the artist could have used the situation to her advantage, and not that information just has to be free. Also I wish one or the other would have explained the appeal of the quote. BTW: https://www.azquotes.com/quote/568592 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Balfour
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    I'm a little distressed that artist thinks there's damage when you can find the same photograph on the Internet as an ad for her work. The other interesting thing is about Instagram. If you don't have an account and are not logged in (to something it wants you to be logged into), you can't read captions anyway. I'm in that category of people that don't have an account, so I depend on Lanaboards to display all LDR's insta-info (thanks!).
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    It's unfortunate Sophie just didn't say, 'I'm honored you like my work; google-image "Never Forgive Always Forget", to find the work.' When I did this, the first hit I got was: https://kingsophiesworld.co.uk/products/never-forgive-always-forget-print Note to self: never attribute an instagram photo to be original to LDR (or her team), unless she says it is.
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    So if it's bad advice, it might be more of a description about what goes wrong in the abusive relationships she's been thought to sing about. Forgiving someone means at least remembering what they did to you (and possibly being motivated to stay away). Forgetting, might lead to the same behavior as forgiving; however, it becomes almost certain you get back with them (which I'm taking to be, and hoping she takes to be, bad). But I'm probably just doing mental contortions on what was originally a "typo", that she nevertheless thought interesting enough not to correct (just to make people do the contortions -- and alas, I'm going to have to forget about that).
  10. It's a "horror" novel, which is why I liked your post (horror's about a 1/3 of my book diet); however, this book hits harder than mere zombie apocalypses that make you forget about your daily problems. It is a human-on-human victimization horror novel, where the victims are children. There's also some (understandable) societal taboos thrown in, so it's a "grown-up" novel in the sense that if these things bother you (as they do many grown ups, lol), I wouldn't read it, but it is beautifully written and spawned a multi-author series, which I haven't read (or plan to read). Also not gonna lie, I read this book, because I perceived it to be important to Nicole Dollanganger (the singer/songwriter), so as to better understand her. I don't think I do better understand her, but it was an interesting read.
  11. The effect of skipping a generation can be interpreted as erasure; however, it can also be interpreted as whatever -- the parents (of the first children) did to fuck everything up -- lasting a really long time. ----------------------------- Now I have to say something to make the above part of this post unlikeable: Unpopular opinion (on why CWIMM is actually a good song): It's a song that is a one-off in the sense that you can't really point to a lot of songs in her repertoire or other mainstream singers' repertoire that sound like it, so I would consider it an impressive song for that reason (along with her other admirably weird unreleased ones). However, if you think of Coachella as a collabo between Lana, Rick, and John Phillips Sousa, it does become a pretty cool song, imo (#witchyNecromancyForArt).
  12. Well, 'Lana Del Rey' is not not Hispanic, so I'm not abandoning hope for a release of something till after Feb 2nd (Candlemas). However, hopefully, she'll say something about ASC before 3 Kings' Day (Jan. 6).
  13. Nikki Lane's "You can't talk to me like that" does seem a lot like a country Hope Sandoval (aka 1/2 of Mazzy Star; rip Dave Roback, the other half), so I'm all in on "Breaking up slowly". She also seems like the kind of person LDR has life-experience similarity to: Country singer Nikki Lane explains how spite led her to a music career A lot of us here (historically speaking) have shipped Lana and Hope as they have aesthetic similarities (Hope is one of the few artists that can out-slow LDR): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldCtRxALvyY
  14. The Best of Lester Del Rey (no relation). Just finished a story of the collection called "For I am a jealous people", which reminds me of how I lost my religion (an ancient memory so not necessarily accurate, but I think this happened*). I was reading a dumbed down "Old Testament for kids" book and had just finished a part about how the Israelites used the covenant to blast the hell out of the Canaanites and inhabit their territory, at which point I thought WTF. Lester takes this premise and substitutes all humans on earth for Canaan and the snake-like (!) alien Mikhtchah for Israelites. Lester's use of free-will in the revised God/human relationship of the story is a brilliant example of glib (but highly entertaining) science-fictional extrapolation (of the golden age of SF and otherwise). *Well there is some evidence of problematic material in the Old Testament, lol: https://bibleproject.com/blog/why-did-god-command-the-invasion-of-canaan-in-the-book-of-joshua/#! The apologia is partly effective; however, once you start referring to rhetoric, exaggeration, idiom, not to mention contradiction, as being an excuse for sacred texts, let's just say "slippery slope" says hello.
  15. Her having done some work is not *automatically* comforting (or else where is that EP she did with Princess Superstar?). But I do want her to be ambitious with this. Recently, Bob Dylan had 5 CDs worth of standards before (nonchalantly) winning the Nobel Prize for Literature for his own work (way back when). Lady Gaga (and K. D. Lang) have both done cover albums with Tony Bennett. Carly Simon, Linda Rondstadt, and Chaka Khan have had "classics" and/or standards cover albums. Probably a bunch I've left out. Not to put any pressure on her, but I really would like her to deliver something like Frank Sinatra did with Past, Present, Future (not exactly successful for him, but nominated for a helluva lot of grammys--and lol what it actually won for!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilogy:_Past_Present_Future Only she would substitute her unreleased-album selectees for the "Future", e.g. past, present, and songs from the rose garden (think Burnt Norton "lyrics").
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