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Lana Del Rey’s Goodbye Kiss is ‘fucking beautiful’

Serge Pizzorno, the member of Kasabian who looks like he just walked off a stage in the 1970’s and was somehow transported to the current day, has described Lana Del Rey’s cover of their single ‘Goodbye Kiss’ as ‘fucking beautiful’  in an interview with NME. Del Reys version, which you can hear below, seems to be a thank you to the group for their cover of her hit ‘Video Games’ – a move which Serge describes as ‘proper old school’.

Whilst I love Kasabian I have to admit I prefer Lana Del Rey’s version. There is something about her voice that suits it perfectly, and although of course the original is great, I just keep finding myself going back to LDR’s outing.

It is very, very rare that a cover is better than the original – and I think this is a testament to both Del Rey’s and Pizzorno’s capabilities. Although the writing talents of the Kasabian mastermind have always, rightfully, been acknowledged, the debate over the talents of Del Rey continues to rumble on.

This is a debate that I can’t really understand. Yes her infamous outing on SNL may not have been amazing – but her previous performance on Later……with Jools Holland was great. In addition, each song on her album tells a story, with her smooth, old-school vocals illustrating it in colour and emotion. And whilst many refer to the controversy over whether or not a major label was secretly orchestrating her seemingly organic rise to stardom I for one don’t care. I just appreciate the music and, if her entire YouTube rise really was a PR campaign, I am actually quite impressed. Del Rey has talent, both vocally and as a song-writer, and if it took a team of publicists to get her music heard than so be it – because it is worth hearing.

This version of ‘Goodbye Kiss’ makes me hope for a collaboration between Pizzorno and Del Rey – now that would be fucking beautiful!

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