Love makes the world go around. And love, in all its many forms, is also by far the most versatile subject for songs. This week, two of pop’s biggest and brightest stars explore two different sides of the topic. Acclaimed songstress Lana Del Rey revels in the giddy rush of love as experienced by young couples, while seven-time GRAMMY-winner John Mayer wallows in the downside of heartbreak. Both are stirring songs guaranteed to get hearts fluttering.
Lana Del Rey — "Love"
It’s been 16 months since we last heard from Lana, who has crafted a femme fatale persona with dark songs of tragic romance. But the latest from the Born to Die singer is a dreamy pop classic. “Look at you kids with your vintage music,” Lana sings, “you’re part of the past, but now you’re the future/Signals crossing can get confusing.” The video for the song opens with shots of people young and in love. But then it switches to a sci-fi theme, showing the young lovers on something resembling a hipster moon colony.
The space theme is further explored on Lana’s Twitter account, where the singer has taken to posting reports of astronomical discoveries.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 23, 2017
John Mayer — “Emoji of a Wave”
His new album, The Search for Everything, is getting released in stages. Earlier this year, John shared four tracks, titled Wave One. Now comes another four called, naturally, Wave Two. The standout from his latest EP is this heartbroken acoustic ballad. “Oh honey, you don't have to try so hard to hurt me,” sings the sensitive “Your Body is a Wonderland” man.
Is John is still smarting from his breakup with Taylor Swift? He’s using Twitter to post other lyrics from Wave Two.
“I still keep your shampoo in my shower/in case you wanna wash your hair” in a ballad would be too sad for human consumption. https://t.co/AmM64VBtsU
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) February 24, 2017
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