Self-reinvention and persona play are the glue of pop and the ghosts that haunt and anger social media. And those concepts are also what Del Rey’s single is all about. For me—and there are kinder, just as convincing interpretations—the singer in “Video Games” is a solipsist, casting herself as a master manipulator and her lazy, drifty relationship as a great love. So I hear a record about fakery and self-projection, which is more timely than how “authentic” the woman who made it is.
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