YMMV: Lana Del Rey

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Critics talk about her as being either the incredible next big thing or an overhyped corporate sellout.
    • Or simply, manufactured pop star like Selena Gomez vs made up her own alternative identity Lady Gaga style.
    • Does she really mean comments about wanting to die young or is she trying to play up the image of a tragic starlet?
    • How literal are her songs? Is it all metaphors? Reality? She has becomes so distant from interviews and such it's hard to know anymore.
  • Archive Panic: While she has only two official albums and an EP, you don't have to look far to find an absolute torrent of previous albums released under other names, unreleased songs, b-sides, leaks and demos of hers to peruse. Most of it is up on YouTube, so by all means, go nuts.
  • Awesome Music: All of Born to Die, Ultraviolence, West Coast, Burning Desire, Ride, Gods And Monsters, Fucked My Way Up To The Top.
    • Most of her unreleased material, but special mention goes to "Prom Song (Gone Wrong)".
  • Base Breaker: While Ultraviolence got rather good reviews and appealed to most of her fans, it caused a more mixed reactions with people who liked her popish side from the Born to Die singles like the title track, Video Games, and Summertime Sadness.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Marilyn Monroe/Puppy Love is one of Lana's (likely going by Lizzy at the time) if not most silly songs about love. It could even double as Crowing Moment of Heartwarming due to the fact Lana sells her passion really well and without a hint sadness for once.
  • Dream Team: With the announcement that Courtney Love will be touring with Lana in 2015.
  • Ear Worm: "Off to The Races", "Diet Mountain Dew", "Lolita".
  • Epic Riff: The counterpoint piano in "Diet Mountain Dew" and "Lolita".
  • Fandom Rivalry: Lana fans and Lady Gaga fans seem to have split due to the diss track "So Legit" surfacing. However it wasn't always that way...
  • Friendly Fandoms: On tumblr fans of Lady Gaga also really liked Lana before "So Legit". While there are tons of fans who still like both of them there is a definite divide.
    • She appeals to the same spirit which makes Lorde popular. The same dystopia, exhaustion, darkness.
    • The Other Wiki mentions her music as Chamber Pop,like Florence and Her Machine, there might be cross support there.
    • She also had a fan base of current and X Britney fans, as her voice is soft and emotionally tuned like Brit.
    • By far one of the bigger examples is the Lana fanbase and the Marina fanbase. Both appeal greatly to indie crowd and are often associated with each other on Tumblr
  • Faux Symbolism: The video for "West Coast" features scenes of Lana superimposed in flames and it's rather reminiscent of Anima Sola or the Lonely Soul which is a soul trapped in Purgatory.
  • Genius Bonus: Lana's music is ripe with references to philosophy and literature, if you know where to look. She's especially fond of Vladimir Nabokov and Walt Whitman on the literature side of things, and her degree in metaphysics lends itself to more than a few aesops on youth, death and love — most of which lose themselves in the midst of all her angsting about bad men and the Sentient Cosmic Forces keeping her away from them.
  • Hype Backlash: After receiving so much critical praise for her first single, Del Rey was viciously attacked by many critics after her performance on the Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Daniel Radcliffe. Three weeks later, on the episode hosted by Channing Tatum, Kristen Wiig appeared as Lana Del Ray on Weekend Update to speak out against her critics who trashed her performance (and think of her as a manufactured pop star with no musical talent, experience, or credibility) and herself.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dancing Lana Del Rey.
  • Signature Song: "Video Games". May double as her Magnum Opus.
    • Those thanks to a remix many people know her for "Summertime Sadness" and more people came to know her for "Young and Beautiful".
  • Stoic Woobie: Goes hand-in-hand with her being kind of a Broken Bird — but this overlaps with Jerkass Woobie rather often.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The piano riff in "Diet Mountain Dew" sounds very similar to the piano riff in Nas' "If I Ruled The World".
    • "Methamphetamines" sounds identical to Nino Rota's theme for the 1968 cinematic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, in terms of chord progression.
    • Rota is credited in part, however, with the production of "Old Money" — the successor to "Methamphetamines" that was put on Ultraviolence. Lana was supposedly unaware of the instrumental's origin before wanting to put the song out, which is what prevents this example from being a good ol' case of Sampling.
  • Tear Jerker: "Born To Die", "Dark Paradise", "Summertime Sadness", "This Is What Makes Us Girls", "Without You", "Serial Killer", "Try Tonight", "Pawn Shop Blues", "Damn You", "Young and Beautiful"
    • Hell most of her discography counts. Even if she sings a simple song about love (Lucky Ones) it sounds utterly tragic due to her overall sound. Her unreleased content for that matter is either 1: MORE depressing or 2: Slightly less so.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of Lana's webcam demos sound pretty strung-out, thanks to drunken-sounding vocals and/or sloppy editing.
    • As far as produced tracks go, "Catch & Release", "Come When You Call Me A.M.E.R.I.C.A.", "Maha Maha" and "Strange Love" are rather trippy.