Album Review: Lana Del Rey
Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album: Born to Die
Genre: Orchestrated Alternative/ Pop
Label: Stranger Records, Interscope Records and Polydor Records
After the release of her first album, Lana Del Ray A.K.A Lizzy Grant, failed to achieve worldwide success Lana decided to go back to drawing board for a little while and hide under the radar to re-invent herself. In June 2011 she signed a deal with Stranger Records to release her debut single, Video Games. Now we’re here today with the major label debut, Born to Die.
Born to Die opens up with the album titled track, Born to Die, giving us an introduction to what we’re about to experience and the whole entire mood of the album. The title track gave us a glimpse of a woman experiencing life and going through the many changes a female goes through, as she gets older and wiser; the many faces of love, friendships and of course independence. The following track, Off to The Races, speaks of a girl falling in love with a bad boy with a “cocaine heart”; even though he’s not her perfect match it’s the imperfections that made him beautiful. From there and onward there was not one track skipped or disappointment (besides Lolita).
Vocals, production (Emile Haynie), along with the songwriting (Mike Daly, Jim Irvin, Lana Del Rey) were pure perfection. The album showcased why Lana Del Rey gained a huge following, she also lived up to her name as the “gangsta” Nancy Sinatra of our generation along with being the self-proclaimed title of “Coney Island Queen”. The haunting vocals made you feel as if you were reliving every memory from your life, and reminiscence about the past and present that made a person realize they were really in love with nostalgia. For a debut artist she does show that she has potential to be the next big thing.
The were many great tracks on this album but a handful stuck out: National Anthem; gave us a reality check on the corruption of life with money being “the anthem” of success and happiness, with Lana churning out “Money is the anthem of success, so before you go out what’s your address”. Dark Paradise; showcased of a girl madly in love with a past love letting us know that the reason she remains to stay strong is because “When you find true love it lives on”. It gave you a sense of bittersweet happiness letting you know that no matter what you can remain happy but there will be moments of sadness. For the closing “This is What Makes Us Girls” was a perfect way to end the album, it told us about the importance of sisterhood. It was a realization of life letting you know cherish every friendship because nothing lasts forever.
Overall this album was phenomenal for a major label debut. The album was a celebration of happiness and embracing sadness. It made you appreciate life from point A to point B; it was hypnotizing to the ears, which brought you to a place of no return.
Rating: 4½ out of 5