On the Record: Lana Del Rey, Hospitality, Gotye and More

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By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Feb. 8, 2012

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Lana Del Rey

Born To Die

(Interscope)

Sounds Like: OK, she’s not that awful. Her debut’s got lots of songs besides “Video Games” that are shockingly enjoyable and complex with the help of great production.

Free Association: The real question is: Will we even remember her a year from now?

For Fans Of: Fiona Apple x Glasser, art school Britney Spears, pop-culture hype.

 

ScHoolboy Q

Habits & Contradictions

(Top Dawg Entertainment)

Sounds Like: The second solo effort of nuanced, smart, well-produced hip-hop with lyrics you can understand/appreciate—this is rap music that should be winning awards.

Free Association: Damn! He sampled Menomena, Lissie and Portishead! Mad points.

For Fans Of: Jay Rock/Ab-Soul/A$AP Rocky/Curren$y, $$$, herb, anti-trend hip-hop.

 

Hospitality

Hospitality

(Merge)

Sounds Like: Cute Brooklyn indie pop trio’s debut is a lovely listen with Amber Papini’s vocals drawing you in, then you get lulled by harmonies and lush instrumentation.

Free Association: One of the strongest debuts of the past year—they gon’ be big.

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