Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

There’s a progression implied in the title – from Born to Die to Lust for Life, in the space of five years. For the first time, Lana Del Rey smiles on an album cover, flowers in her hair. There’s power in images, in archetypes, particularly for someone...
Love on (the) Top: Beyoncé and ‘Lemonade’

Love on (the) Top: Beyoncé and ‘Lemonade’

Marriage is not only – or even mostly – a declaration of love, especially when ambition and money are involved. It’s an alliance, a joining of powers. In the years since the Obamas moved into the White House, their only peers as an aspirational couple have been...

Going Pop: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

Taylor Swift’s Red was, among other things, her tribute to Joni Mitchell. It wasn’t only Swift’s fantasy identification with the “60s queen” in “The Lucky One” (“It was a few years later I showed up here/and they still...
Girl Gone Mild – Madonna’s MDNA

Girl Gone Mild – Madonna’s MDNA

There’s something to be said for knowing when to quit. For the last decade, Madonna has kept at it despite diminishing returns. At her career’s height (the period between True Blue and Erotica), Madonna occupied a place at the centre of popular culture...