“Born to die “ established her as one of the most divisive musical figures of our age and by many she is considered to be a cultural phenomenon. It admittedly made such a polarizing impression because in a way it offered something that really didn’t sound like anything else. However she has proved to be a unique , intriguing figure on the contemporary music landscape.
Lana Del Rey’s follow-up album “ Ultraviolence” comes as a pleasant surprise. Rather slow , moving , atmospheric , nostalgic , melancholic , dreamy and endlessly fascinating , it almost instantly strikes sensitive chords. The album simmers with a haunting , yearning feeling , a range of emotions and a quiet urgency as the one track moves to the next but without boiling over. creating moments of film-noir melodrama that literally permeate the majority of the songs.
Production from Dan Auerbach ( The Black Keys ) has greatly influenced the mood and the dreamscape of the whole album since he ended up producing seven of the eleven tracks. A dence album which is absorbed as an entire experience with even the weaker tracks contributing to the whole atmosphere. Lana Del Rey is digging deeper and seems to have complete control of her craft. As a matter of fact she has never sounder so compellingly crystalline and appears more complicated. More mature , captivating and as always not hiding her influences of the past as she often draw upon signifiers of the 20th century culture.
Try as you might , it seems hard not to be swept away by Ultraviolence’s sound. It feels like listening to a collection of mid-century ballads but with a different twist , permeated with blues-rock influences. You discover songs that whimper , howl , daydream , soothe , taunt , hypnotize , thrill , nod at cinema and deliver a real summertime sadness. Unadorned verses that gradually build up into massive ethereal choruses and an admirable thematic and musical unity that helps the album run smoothly.
The truth is that emphasis is placed on its little great moments that obviously make a difference and keep it consistent and charming. Minor touches and beautiful details that cannot pass unnoticed and make ULTRAVIOLENCE so cohesive and compulsively listenable from beginning to end. It seems that Lana Del Rey is given the well deserved opportunity to strike back and prove all her critics wrong. With her new album she takes a brave step towards becoming one in her own right but I guess she already is !!! She knows more than her share about love , despair , longing , regret , toxic relationships and sadness … so she steps into the shadows , whispers old secrets and gives voice to charming characters that never had the chance to speak for themselves.
1) Cruel World
3) Shades of Cool
4) Brooklyn Baby
5) West Coast
6) Sad Girl
7) Pretty When You Cry
8) Money Power Glory
9) Fucked My Way Up to the Top
10) Old Money
11) The Other Woman
12) Black Beauty (bonus track)
13) Guns and Roses (bonus track)
14) Florida Kilos (bonus track)
Official Website : http://lanadelrey.com/
Ultraviolence on SPOTIFY : https://play.spotify.com/album/3zU6lhWOIaBhgrJQee4s1L
West Coast : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKxuiw3iMBE
Brooklyn Baby : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcnjAG8pE
Shades of Cool : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY
Old Money : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MaAPzg_YbQ