The only albums you should ever feel guilty about are the ones you don’t buy cheap and end up having to pay over 100 dollars for later, or that time you ordered a record for far too much money, only to have the repress announced later that day. Music is wonderful. All of it. While my taste trends towards either atmospheric, hazy black metal, or drugged out, industrial influenced rock and metal, I have a soft spot for female fronted pop. Ok, it’s beyond a soft spot. I adore it. It is splendid music that can be either thought provoking or background noise. It works on sunny days, driving 85 to the beach, or on lonesome nights, sitting in quiet reflection.
On that note, here’s 3 records dorks give me shit for liking:
Lana Del Rey- Ultraviolence.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I heard her song “Video Games” and was unimpressed. I’ll go one further; I thought it fucking sucked. Fast forward a few years, and my tattoo artist has Ultraviolence on. I am completely blown away. I have to know who it is. It had shades of PJ Harvey, Jazz, and drugged out, Velvet Underground sounding rock, all playing backdrop to Lana’s sultry voice. I bought the LP as I was being tattooed. I’m completely obsessed with her body of…work, and I find the three songs from her upcoming (stupidly named, come on, really?) album Lust For Life also fantastic. I have a tattoo of Lana Del Rey as a satanic nun with a quote from her song “Gods and Monsters”on the back of my leg now. I am a fanboy. Yes, I’m aware that her songs are total bullshit lyrically, and that for the most part, Ms. Grant (yes, that’s her real name) lives a pretty clean, and by all accounts, mundane life. She’s a product in some ways, Lana is; packaged to sell an image. I’m fine with that. I’m buying.
Katy Perry- Teenage Dream
Look dudes, sometimes you just need some syrupy, cheesey as all fuck pop music. I can’t listen to black metal all of the time, despite me trying. I’m a big fan of Katy’s voice, and her silly, adorable persona. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, and definitely makes fun, danceable music. I used to listen to her song ET on repeat (not the Kanye version, fuck that guy) before my hardcore band would play shows, and it GOT ME HYPE.
Lady Gaga- The Fame Monster
Gaga is not some run of the mill pop star. In addition to being classically and jazz trained, and writing the lion’s share of her own material, she has been a long time songwriter for other pop stars before embarking on her solo career. This album in particular showcases her ability to make ass shaking dance songs that have a sadness in them rarely found in pop. “So Happy I Could Die” has a minor chord progression in it that just gets me every damn time. While she may be a bit “much” for some people, those people are wimps.