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This review is from: Born to Die (Audio CD)
I feel that when I have read professional reviews of Born to Die, they are reviewing the hype and persona of Del Rey as much, if not more, than her music. Born to Die is far from the perfect album, but it isn't a total disappointment either. Lana Del Rey's lyric writing is impressive and sometimes perplexing. When the album works, it works to great effect. 'Off to the Races' is probably the most exciting song to be released this year, and the hype surrounding 'Video Games' was well worth it. For those who enjoy the sound of the album, none of it is bad, but so much of the album repeats itself that there is usually a song with similar context done to a better effect. There are common adjectives, nouns, and phrases that make appearances throughout the album, but none of it actually seems to provide cohesion, and that may not even be the intent. The album hits a few sweet spots again with 'Radio' and 'Million Dollar Man', but then there are the clunky (but not unlistenable) tracks 'Diet Mountain Dew', 'National Anthem' and 'This is What Makes Us Girls'. Since I can't give a two and a half star review, I'll give three as it seems befitting of a worthy, if not entirely successful effort.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2012 12:13:17 AM PST
Steve Forsyth says:
I agree about the reptition in the lyrics - one of the few things that bothered me. I started a game while listening to it for the 10th time to see if she does, in fact mention the word "dress" in each song. She doesn't in fact, but it seems like she does - gotta be in maybe 7 out of 12 songs? Red dress, party dress, sun dress...
Also, she mentions many many different types of drinks by name.
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