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5.0 out of 5 stars Born to die for, June 17, 2014
This review is from: Ultraviolence (Audio CD)
"The record is finished and it's beautiful. And don't worry, you will love Ultra. It's so wrong and exquisite, it is absolutely gorgeous. Darker than the first; so dark it's almost unlistenable and wrong. But I love it." This was Lana Del Rey, talking to Twitter in early 2014, discussing her -then- upcoming album. She could not have been more accurate. Although it is not a radical departure from "Born to die", the songwriting on "Ultraviolence" is stronger, the lyrics more reflective, the melodies more engaging, the delivery sharper. Teaming up with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach has given a rougher, more raw take on her fascination with classic American iconography, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, toning down the orchestral extravaganza of the previous album with a darker, more sensual sound.

There is not a standout song here, at least not upon first listening. One's enjoyment of "Ultraviolence" depends on how easily they can appreciate the subtle details, demonstrating Del Rey's force in the most unforced manner. If you were to take Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos and Jessica Rabbit, and roll them all up into one, Lana Del Rey would be the outcome, and this record the product. Slightly over-melodramatic and monotonous at times, but captivating and highly addictive, "Ultraviolence" may seriously be another masterpiece in music, it is an almost flawlessly executed record. Complicated romance has found its muse, the world an icon to obsess with and to worship. Fixation guaranteed, why not indulge?
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2014 7:56:51 PM PDT
Carla Hawks says:
Really, shades of cool didn't stand out for you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 4:31:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 5:45:17 AM PDT
"Ultraviolence" feels more like one song to me. The one track that stands out is "The other woman", being the least appealing. But "Shades of cool", "Brooklyn baby", "West coast", "Old money", "Black beauty", Florida kilos", "Is this happiness" and "Flipside" are highlights for all the right reasons, wouldn't you say so? Thanks for the comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 5:04:27 AM PDT
Keene says:
Good review, Scarlet. I like every song on this album...even Nina's old song.

I'm sure some fans will "obsess with and worship" her. I think it's amazing that an artist of her caliber has become so popular....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 6:09:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2014 9:13:37 AM PDT
There are reasons behind someone's infatuation with someone / something. Lana is so much more than a pop star, she is a true icon. I consider myself a Lanatic, as much as I admit to seeing myself like that young boy on my profile pic. As long as we perceive things with an open mind and an open heart, that is absolutely healthy and fine. Thanks for the comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 7:12:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 8:53:36 AM PDT
Keene says:
"..an open mind and an open heart..."...very true. Many critics and reviewers miss the heart and soul of "lana Del Rey" and look and listen only superficially..

BTW where did you get "Flipside"?

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 9:39:52 AM PDT
You have reviewed Lana Del Rey and Suede... Scarlet Jupiter, your musical taste is sublime and out of this world!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 3:56:56 PM PDT
Keene, some reviews are nicely written but lack soul, others are full of sentiment despite being awkwardly written. I have learned to appreciate both. "Flipside" is available on the Japanese edition of the album, so I ordered myself a copy being an obi strip enthusiast. Apparently it is also available as a US Target exclusive which makes it even easier and less expensive to obtain.

Paul D. Sandor, I am out of this whis world, read my name again! Thanks.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 5:29:22 PM PDT
Rich Vergo says:
Yes! Yes! Scarlet, I completely agree with you! And I can't get enough of Shades of Cool and Brooklyn Baby. The melodies are playing in my head 24/7!!! Even Sad Girl has taken hold. One of these songs should become a single. And it's like a drug, if I want to keep smiling, I have to play Lana's songs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2014 5:25:44 AM PDT
Rich Vergo, there you have it, "Shades of cool" is a single. Sadness is addictive, summertime sadness is lethal. After all, we were born to die. Keep smiling.
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