Welcome to the world of Hollywood Sad Core, and it's number one exponent Lana Del Rey.
I think The Guardian has done the best job so far of describing Ms Del Rey.
We've been sent nearly 19 tracks by her "people", all demos with different producers at the helm, and they're intriguingly split as outlined above, with the 24-year-old New Yorker and sometime London resident singing either high and girly on songs that present her as some sort of pop Lolita, or low and husky (she's a former jazz singer) on material that suggests a fully-grown woman who's been through the mill and has emerged the other side, wearier and wiser, with stories to tell. Our immediate response to these diametrically opposed approaches is: play them up, and make a concept album, make it two-sided like a vinyl release, or a 12-tracker split evenly, and have it comprise six songs of exuberant, irrepressible pop such as the Guy Chambers-penned Paris, which is pitched young but is playful ("You're such a naughty boy, why you taking that Polaroid?"), and six of the more slow and sorrowful stuff such as Million Dollar Man, which is more Brenda Lee than Britney.
However you describe Lana Del Rey, I personally can't wait for her album release. This beautiful young lady has real talent. Don't believe me? Listen for your self.
Updated 10-26-2011 - previous version removed.
Since we had to make the change mentioned above, I figured to add a bonus, so here's a live version.
Live At The Premises
Kinda Outta Luck
And finally someone has made a song about my favorite soft drink.
Diet Mtn Dew
Updated 1-28-2012, original dissapeared for all the usual reasons.