Liz Phair has had a weird side career as a Wall Street Journal columnist, writing articles about Generation X and the like. She just wrote a highly bloggable editorial about the most highly bloggable artist circa Jan. 2012: Lana Del Rey.
According to Phair, Del Rey is exactly what she envisioned when she was making Exile in Guyville, and that Del Rey is pretty much the best, according to Phair. Here’s a sampling:
Lana Del Rey seems to be bothering everybody because she allegedly “remade” herself from a folk singing, girl-next-door type into an electro-urban kitty cat on the prowl (of course I like her), and they feel she is inauthentic. I would argue that the uncomfortable feelings she elicits are simply the by-product of watching a woman wanting and taking like a man.
So how does Liz Phair feel about Lana Del Rey? Well, as a recording artist, I’ve been hated, I’ve been ridiculed, and conversely, hailed as the second coming. All that matters in the end is that I’ve been heard.