September 24, 2022

It’s Consequence’s fifteenth anniversary, and all September lengthy we’ve been publishing a sequence of retrospective items encompassing our publication’s personal historical past — and the leisure panorama basically. At present, the Consequence group appears again on 15 instances we obtained it fallacious.

Pobody’s nerfect. We right here at Consequence know that in addition to anybody. Like all journalistic endeavor, we’ve prided ourselves on important takes which have constructed a cache of respect and authority with our readership — and within the popular culture editorial panorama at massive. However that doesn’t imply we’ve spent 15 years being completely infallible.

To be honest, once you’re studying a overview or digesting a rating, you’re actually getting the opinions of a person or choose group of personalities. That stated, when these lists and evaluations are printed underneath the Consequence banner, they naturally find yourself representing the publication as an entire. And take a look at as we’d to symbolize ourselves in the very best gentle doable, we’ve made a mistake from time to time.

As we glance again at a decade and a half as an impartial publication, we thought it was about time we supplied a mea culpa for these blights on what we hope is an in any other case esteemed document. We dug by way of our archives and pulled out some opinions we want we might rewrite, lists we might re-enumerate, and opinions that we’ve grown to rethink.

So, we’ll admit it: Generally we had been simply fallacious. Hey, that’s the consequence of being within the journalism recreation for 15 years; your takes may not all the time age terribly nicely. Now, it’s time to set the document straight.

— Ben Kaye
Editorial Director

Giving Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die a D

We’ve already began to set the document straight on Lana Del Rey’s seminal 2012 album: Earlier this yr, we ran a retrospective on how the album has impacted pop music within the decade that’s handed since its launch. The conclusion we reached is that, in some ways, Born to Die holds up as a blueprint for pop melancholia — many have executed it since, however nobody has executed it like Lana Del Rey.

The LP is absurdly theatrical, and regardless of being a far cry from the music dominating the charts on the time, it someway discovered the ears it wanted to seek out. The aesthetics for the album revolutionized a sure nook of the popular culture world, setting Tumblr blogs on fireplace along with her desaturated nostalgia and purple lip. All the things about Born to Die noticed Lana Del Rey placing on a present, and she or he was enjoying a component she was meant to play all through. One may even name the album forward of its time — us included. We even needed to embrace it on our checklist of the High 75 Albums of the Final 15 Years. — Mary Siroky

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