Paradise [Explicit] [+digital booklet]
 
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Paradise [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

November 13, 2012

$9.49
  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Ride [Explicit]
4:49
2
American
4:08
3
Cola [Explicit]
4:20
4
Body Electric
3:53
5
Blue Velvet
2:38
6
Gods & Monsters [Explicit]
3:57
7
Yayo
5:21
8
Bel Air
3:57
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Digital Booklet: Paradise

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Label: Interscope
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Lana Del Rey under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK). Under exclusive licence to Interscope Records in the USA
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  • Total Length: 33:03
  • Genres:
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00A135YUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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140 of 147 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The drugged sexuality of a mannequin come halfway to life November 17, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
It's hard to describe Del Rey's music. It's a fairy-dusting of harp laid over top a hip-hop cadence. It's lush instrumentals alongside precise vocal transitions from low and jazzy up to high and girlish. Del Rey has called her own music "Hawaiian glam metal." Others have called it "Hollywood sadcore."

Others have described it in less complimentary ways. One reviewer called it a thin bundle of Lolita imprecations and sun-baked poolside sexuality. Another called it the epitome of a faked orgasm.

Del Rey's music neither soothes nor satiates, but it captivates. One reviewer nailed it: "These are the disturbing movies that you watch because of the intensity behind the storytelling."

That's why I think the most accurate description of this music is "Lynchian," as in the filmmaker David Lynch. On this EP she performs a deadened rendition of a song from his movie Blue Velvet. In the hands of Del Rey, it's even more Lynchian: twisted and disturbing, the drugged sexuality of a mannequin come halfway to life.

Del Rey, like Lynch, is "the perfect mirror of our time" and "the artist we deserved." She neither soothes nor satiates, but she certainly warrants our attention.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Follow-Up November 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Earlier in 2012, Lana Del Rey released BORN TO DIE -- it was her breakthrough into the mainstream consciousness, and it was met with wildly mixed opinions. I was a late comer to the album, but I loved it the first time I listened to it. I was cautiously optimistic about her follow up to BORN TO DIE, an 8-song EP called PARADISE. On one hand, I was excited to hear more music from Del Rey, but on the other hand, I was worried that 10 months wasn't really long enough for Del Rey and her producers to come through with a quality release. After listening to the EP several times, I can say that I really dig PARADISE, but it doesn't quite live up to the past release.

The EP begins with "Ride," one of the highlights of the album. The song features many of the hallmarks of Del Rey's sound: loungy vocals with slight reverb, layered instrumentation, dark and confused lyrics. The song varies between slower and faster tempos: it makes for a good single and a good indication of where the album is going to go. "Ride" is followed up with "American," whose orchestration is met with electronic percussion. The other album highlight also comes early: "Cola," a vulgar song with a killer melody. The good news is that the first three songs on this EP are great, but the bad news is that it's a bit downhill from there. The rest of the EP isn't bad, most of it is quite good, but it never quite reaches the same early heights. One of the first songs released for the album was the cover of the classic song "Blue Velvet." Instead of Del Rey and her producers giving the song their own spin, it remains a pretty faithful adaptation -- the only marked difference is Del Rey's vocals.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lana Del Rey's "Paradise" is poetry November 20, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Let me just start off by saying that Lana Del Rey is quite the gifted singer and talented songwriter. As with her past album Born To Die, all songs on this one are written by Lana herself (with the exception of Blue Velvet, which is a cover of Lee Morris' popular 1950 jazz song) and sung in her unique and "different" voice that's given the public so much to talk about.

The diction in Lana's songwriting is interesting and very beautiful, and she certainly has an ability to evoke powerful imagery if you take the time to actually pay attention to her lyrics instead of "just listening to her beautiful seductive voice," which many people just seem to do.

That being say, it is important to note that Paradise, while captivating and mesmerizing, does NOT have the more upbeat songs that Born To Die had. Nothing even remotely similar to Off To The Races, Diet Mountain Dew, or Lolita is found on here. If you're thinking of buying this in hopes of more tracks like that, then you might be disappointed. Although you might not, as the songs on Paradise are just as morbid and wonderful. But they are considerably darker in content, much slower, much more eerie, and even more depressing (and I mean that in a good way!) All in all, this EP is just darker and more mature in its tone.

(Oh, and on the off chance that you haven't heard her massive hit "Video Games," let me assure you that yes, her voice is indeed what most people would deem as "angelic".)

Lastly, just a heads up: If you download the Paradise on itunes, it comes with a bonus song titled Burning Desire. If you're a hardcore Lana fan, you've probably already heard it and yes, it's a very lovely song but I do think Paradise is complete without it and can be enjoyed without that track.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Follow-Up November 13, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Earlier in 2012, Lana Del Rey released BORN TO DIE -- it was her breakthrough into the mainstream consciousness, and it was met with wildly mixed opinions. I was a late comer to the album, but I loved it the first time I listened to it. I was cautiously optimistic about her follow up to BORN TO DIE, an 8-song EP called PARADISE. On one hand, I was excited to hear more music from Del Rey, but on the other hand, I was worried that 10 months wasn't really long enough for Del Rey and her producers to come through with a quality release. After listening to the EP several times, I can say that I really dig PARADISE, but it doesn't quite live up to the past release.

The EP begins with "Ride," one of the highlights of the album. The song features many of the hallmarks of Del Rey's sound: loungy vocals with slight reverb, layered instrumentation, dark and confused lyrics. The song varies between slower and faster tempos: it makes for a good single and a good indication of where the album is going to go. "Ride" is followed up with "American," whose orchestration is met with electronic percussion. The other album highlight also comes early: "Cola," a vulgar song with a killer melody. The good news is that the first three songs on this EP are great, but the bad news is that it's a bit downhill from there. The rest of the EP isn't bad, most of it is quite good, but it never quite reaches the same early heights. One of the first songs released for the album was the cover of the classic song "Blue Velvet." Instead of Del Rey and her producers giving the song their own spin, it remains a pretty faithful adaptation -- the only marked difference is Del Rey's vocals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's growing on me.
Not sure why she's been hyped so much. But then, music is hugely personal thing. I do like it the more I listen to it though... but it certainly didn't grab me right away.
Published 1 day ago by B. H. Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Album
This is totally my favorite album, right now. I have absolutely fallen in love with Lana Del Rey, and her voice and lyrics. I definitely recommend this album.
Published 3 days ago by saturday mourning
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lana
I had some free amazon credit and chose to use it to download this. Where to start, the download screwed up somehow and I didnt even get the whole album. Read more
Published 5 days ago by kcrox
5.0 out of 5 stars Expectations met
Everything that I expected, I got + more. Extremely satisfied, and the backside of the album has beautiful artwork on it. A lyric sheet identical to the Digital Booklet is inside
Published 8 days ago by Jeff Vasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is a great album start to finish!! Lana Del Rey seemed young and I have never been interested in this type of music, but...I love every song on every album.
Published 12 days ago by Rennezoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Record warped.
The record is warped on side B. Not happy about that, but i didnt feel like dealing with the return processing or anything.
Published 19 days ago by Alannah Raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful woman and some good tunes.
This cd has a very good version of blue velvet. Very good band. I like her voice, too. I hope that they will produce more music.
Published 22 days ago by spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl Clarity
I have returned to vinyl after years of going SACD. This product reflects the recorded source well and was delivered without flaw. Read more
Published 25 days ago by F. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Get this! Amazing! She's very talented and sophisticated. I find myself humming the tunes at weird times. And the lyrics are just wonderful!
Published 1 month ago by Uncle Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Great album. It is not like there are two or three good songs...all are very good to listen to. Worth the purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Reid Dammann
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