Lust for Life: Lana del Rey album review

Sultry.

Soulful.

Sentimental.

Lana del Rey shares her lust for life on her latest album.

Released earlier this summer, Lust for Life consists of fifteen tracks.

From parties to politics to power, Lust for Life features five collaborations with other artists and ten solo performances.

Some tracks which stand out in my mind include:

 

Love: Slow-motion anthem opening track is enough to make you go crazy, crazy, crazy.

Like a big Broadway number.

Slow jam feels.

Stylistically, Lana del Rey creates slower and more dramatic songs and performances.

She embodies elegance.

The symphonic introduction to 13 Beaches is glorious. Clean sound. Epic.

Summer Bummer, a collab with Rocky, is a song and rap duet. The pre-chorus lyrics are very Lana del Rey things to say:

It’s never too late
To leave if you wanna leave
Or to stay if you wanna stay (better not)
But, baby (yeah)
I got a feeling in my bones
Can’t get you out of my veins (yeah, yeah)
You can’t escape my affection (yah, yeah)
Wrap you up in my daisy chains (What? What? What? What?)

Rhyming veins with daisy chains? Beautiful. Feminine. Brilliance.

The album takes on a dark rock-almost Evanescence-vibe with the track In My Feelings. Glorious mid-tempo emo jam.

Change, the second-last track on the album, is a gorgeous ballad talking about embracing change.

Get Free, and anthem and the final track on the album, does not actual sing the lyrics “get free” in the song.

Finally, I’m crossing the threshold
From the ordinary world
To the reveal of my heart
Undoubtedly, that will for certain
Take the dead out of the sea
And the darkness from the arts

This is my commitment
My modern manifesto
I’m doing it for all of us
Who never got the chance
For… and for… (shut up, shut up)
And all my birds of paradise (shut up, shut up)
Who never got to fly at night (shut up, shut up)
‘Cause they were caught up in the dens

Sometimes it feels like I’ve got a war in my mind
I want to get off but I keep riding the ride
I never really noticed that I had to decide
To play someone’s game or live my own life
And now I do
I want to move
Out of the black (out of the black)
Into the blue (into the blue).

Lana del Rey creates music that caters to the mainstream, but she does not conform to the mainstream. A true artist, she creates a style all her own.

Lana del Rey defies tradition.

So if you’re looking to listen to elegant spins on tradition, stream Lana del Rey’s Lust for Life.

 

 

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