Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Label: Polydor – 2793424, Interscope Records – B0016425-01
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Hass inner pic lyric sleeve ( see pic)
Released: 30 Jan 2012
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Pop, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock
A1 Born To Die
A2 Off To The Races
A3 Blue Jeans
A4 Video Games
A5 Diet Mountain Dew
A6 National Anthem
B7 Dark Paradise
B10 Million Dollar Man
B11 Summertime Sadness
B12 This Is What Makes Us Girls
All that matters to me is the music - and the music is sublime.
A big part of the appeal is that incredible, shiver-inducing voice; one moment it's a world-weary drawl encompassing all the despair of broken dreams and unfulfilled hopes... the next it's girly and playful with an uncomfortable undercurrent of knowing sexuality (hence the 'Lolita' comparisons). It's perfectly matched by the 'Lynchian' quality of the music, a combination of dreamy, seductive Hollywood strings and grimy trailer-park beats. It's Nancy Sinatra lost in the world of Twin Peaks.
Lana Del Rey went viral seemingly overnight last summer with her "Video Games" video clip, subsequently followed by the "Blue Jeans" clip, and from pretty much out of nowhere in a matter of 6 months, she played at Saturday Night Live recently.
"Born To Die" (12 tracks; 50 min.) can be divided in 3 sections. The first 4 tracks are slow-burners, pretty much in the vein of "Video Games" but check out in particular "Off To the Races", an album highlight.
The middle section of the album (tracks 5 though 8) brings slightly faster tracks, and shines thoughout. "Diet Mountain Dew" is delightful, with playful lyrics like "Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City/Can we hit it low now down and gritty".
Likewise with "National Anthem" (not to be confused with Radiohead's "The National Anthem"). After a brooding "Dark Paradise" (see my review title), comes "Radio", by far the most readily accessible track on this album (chorus: "Now my life is a sweet cinnamon/like a f**king dream I'm living in"). T
he last third album slows back down, and contains several other highlights such as "Million Dollar Man" (which reminds me of early Fiona Apple, think Never Is a Promise/The Child Is Gone/Pale September). The album ends appropriately with the self -explaining "This Is What Makes Us Girls".
In all, this is quite the album. Mostly dark, brooding, biting, yet funny and playful at times. Definitely not for anyone in a hurry. This album proves that Lana is the real deal, period, forget all the hype and everything else.
LANA DEL REY - VIDEO GAMES
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
very beautiful songs with a deep voice
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
(Live at Poolside at Chateau Marmont)
Her voice shakes because thats how she sings. Many singers hide it up in the studio, but I think it makes it much more real and beautiful.