If Madonna’s “You Must Love Me” is an operatic love song that implores rather than convinces, then Lana Del Rey has just turned it on its head. In her cover of the Evita classic, dropped yesterday, Del Rey chooses the route more familiar to her, one of sultry persuasion.
The track, which will appear on an upcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber compilation, is trademark Del Rey: haunting, melancholic and reverb-soaked. Over a sparse piano accompaniment, her effortless vocals soar and pour pure passion into the song’s clever lyrics. And, according to the pop star, it’s been a long time coming.
“Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music,” Del Rey said in an interview. “So to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream. I especially love this particular song because of how unique the melody is. I’ve been incredibly inspired by all of Andrew’s work, from Phantom of the Opera to Evita.”
The comp, titled Unmasked: The Platinum Collection, features other iconic Webber-penned tunes, performed by Tom Jones, Nicole Scherzinger and Boyzone, among others. It’s due to launch on March 16.
Listen to Del Rey’s take on “You Must Love Me” here: