On Friday, May 17, Lana Del Rey released her cover of Sublime’s 1996 song “Doin’ Time.” Fans have been anticipating her cover since she hinted that it was coming soon in a tweet. It is one of many singles that Lana has been releasing since September of last year. Her recent releases include “Mariners Apartment Complex,” “Venice B****,” and “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it.”
Lana is popular for her hit songs such as “Summertime Sadness” and “Young and Beautiful,” but those are far from the only songs defining her career. Her music is in the genre of indie sadcore pop music. I love her because she consistently releases good music and she has the voice of an angel. Not to mention she’s an absolute babe.
“Doin’ Time” fits well with the summertime SoCal theme that’s in a lot of Lana’s music. Her hypnotic voice adds another dimension to the song that transforms it into something beyond the original song. She gives it a more chill, seductive tone in addition to the classic hip hop/reggae vibe of Sublime’s version. What amazes me is how she’s able to almost make it feel like an entirely different song just by changing the tone a little. The lyrics are the exact same but something about Lana’s version hits differently. I have to give her praise for staying true to Sublime’s original while also giving it her own unique spin.
Lana Del Rey has great music, and I totally recommend listening to her. She’s one of the few artists who I’ve consistently liked throughout the years. The main thing that I like about her is that she has a very unique aesthetic that helps her transcend the genre. She’s not afraid to experiment with different styles of music and that’s what makes her stand out from other indie pop musicians.