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2012 mini-album from the New York-based singer, songwriter and performer, the follow-up to her enormously successful Born To Die album. She has described herself as a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" and cites Britney Spears, Thomas Newman and Bruce Springsteen as her musical influences. Lana Del Rey's direct influences were visual as well as musical; David Lynch, soundtracks for '50s black and white movies, the whirring sound of the Ferris at Coney Island, fame itself.
The Special Edition of Paradise includes 2 exclusive bonus remixes.
4. Body Electric
5. Blue Velvet
6. Gods & Monsters
8. Bel Air
9. Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)
10. Blue Velvet (Lindstrom Remix)
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What is it about Lana's work that both attracts me and makes me uncomfortable? The answer is that there is an attitude of despair that pervades her work. The attraction of despair is that it frees you from doing the hard work of trying to be responsible and productive. It's easier to choose a life of immediate pleasure and gratification. This goes against the accepted worldview of our society; and that makes it forbidden and therefore all the more alluring. Here are examples of what I am talking about. In "Ride", she sings, "...so I just ride/just ride...Drink all day and we talk till dark." Then, in "American": "You make me crazy, you make me wild...Drive fast...I don't really want the rest." In "Cola": "He's making me crazy/I come alive/All he wants to do is party." In "Body Electric": "Diamonds are my bestest friend" and "We get crazy every Friday night." In "Gods And Monsters": "I'm living like Jim Morrison/headed towards a f***ed up holiday...It's innocence lost...looking to get f***ed hard...I don't really wanna know what's good for me." And finally, in "Bel Air": "You've got a flair for the violentest kind of love anywhere out there." You see my point? Her characters are aimless, drinkers, crazy, wild, materialistic, ruined, nymphos, reckless. All the things we aren't supposed to be. But somehow, Lana's easy frankness makes it sound like a reasonable alternative lifestyle. This may be her crowning achievement! There are 2 other related themes on this CD that deserve mention. In 4 songs Lana sings about "riding" or "driving". And in 4 songs she mentions "dad", "daddy" or "father". To me, riding is a metaphor for escape, and the image of dad is a metaphor for security. So these 2 images suggest to me more avoidance of that dreaded responsible, productive life: "riding" to run away from it, and keeping "dad" close for support, just in case you can't achieve it.
The EP PARADISE is dark, haunting and exquisite. Lana's music pushes boundaries and often pays homage
to past cultural icons much in the tradition of Patti Smith's work. Lana's voice is rich and powerful. Her lyrics are honest
and authentic. The songs on PARADISE are more stripped down than her previous "Born to Die" CD and her voice
is front and center. And Lana Del Rey has one of the most gorgeous and haunting voices I have heard in years.
I read today in The Huffington Post that her detractors make her want to drink. Lana, just keep on doing what you are
doing and ignore The Haters....they are simply jealous of your many talents. I look forward to watching you continue to
develop as an artist and encourage you to keep on your path and stay true to who you are as a songwriter and singer.
Your version of Leonard Cohen's Chelsea Hotel better be on your next CD!!
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album is perfect and definitely recommend to anyone