July 12th, 2012 10:12am
Too Many White Lies And White Lines
Jacking the slow piano groove from “Bennie and the Jets” was a good call for this song – there’s something so luxurious about the way it glides from chord to chord, like it has all the time in the world. Ocean and Sweatshirt slip into the groove like it’s a pair of comfy slippers, matching the chill vibe while getting all Bret Easton Ellis in the lyrics, sketching out a portrait of idle, decadent rich kids. As with a lot of depictions of this element, it’s hard to tell whether the dark side of all this is meant to seem shocking and empty, or actually pretty sexy. Ocean interpolates Mary J. Blige, singing that he’s “searching for a real love,” but in context, it rings a bit false for the character. It seems like a pose — they want to seem soulful and deep, but they’re too far gone with all the spoiled indulgences.
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