Put A Record On: Lana Del Rey + more moody country tunes
The end of the year is slow for new music, but these are gems
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Now, on to the picks…
“What She’s Doing Now,” Denitia: A really pretty, moody, unexpected Garth Brooks cover — a great entry in the Garth legacy chat we were just having in the open thread this week! — NW
“Kick & Scream,” Andrew Jobin and the Crispy Boys: A honkytonk banger mixed with…Pavement vibes? Perfect combo if you ask me. [“Range Life” was always a twanger anyway]. - MM
“Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Lana Del Rey: I am not really a big LDR person in general (sacrilege in certain circles, I realize), but this cover works really well for me. It’s very simple, but definitely convincingly delivered without the kind of ironic detachment that I generally associate with her (maybe wrongly!). — NW [ I am a big LDR person, and I happen to love this and how Lana is now sort of Nashville country adjacent, hanging out with Nikki Lane and Sierra Ferrell and popping up singing classic tunes. Also, random but extremely cool Lana anecdote: