Born To Die - Del Rey, Lana
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Lana Del Rey grew up Lizzy Grant in Lake Placid on the outer edges of New York State. Herein some of her unique music flavour was incubated. `It has an epic, nostalgic feel. It's in the middle of a national park that is six hours from New York City. But it's also a struggle because it's a town built on tourism that no-one goes to anymore.'
At 18, she fulfilled her lifelong ambition of decamping to New York City. `Since I was little I knew I would end up there,' she says, `Every day is a pleasure there. Every single day I walk out of the door is a good day. I like everything about it. New York totally rewards me for my love of it.'
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. She lived in a New Jersey trailer park and decked her homestead in flags, streamers and seasonally inappropriate Christmas lights. `All the things I love,' she notes. This was Lana's world now and it needed to sparkle.
As for the inevitable stardom that will come her way? That is something Lana Del Rey does not fear. `I know a lot of different people. When they are drunk, in the dark of the night they all want the same thing. They all want to be famous. It's innately human to want other people to bear witness to your life. It's important for people to be watched. They don't want to be alone. I don't want to be alone.'
- Born To Die
- Blue Jeans
- Off To The Races
- Video Games
- Diet Mountain Dew
- National Anthem
- Dark Paradise
- This Is What Makes Us Girls
- Million Dollar Man
- Without You
Slickback Lamar on 21.02.2012
"Sometimes stars emerge. Sometimes stars are thrust upon us. And sometimes stars simply slip into the atmosphere as if propelled by something otherworldly." What? Other times stars start off their careers as production line blondes with small lips and no hits. Then they get their hands on daddy’s fortune. Soon they’re getting a little face work done, renting a boyfriend with tatts, buying some ‘visionary’ management, making an exotic insert-a-name change and then they’re erasing their back catalogue like it never existed… Then they have to play live.
made me cry (in a good way)
Delia Sala on 01.03.2012
I had heard of Lana Del Rey and thought everything about her sounded annoying and vapid -- over-hyped, manufactured/faux-retro pop. Anyway, when I actually heard the song 'Video game' in an ABC shop (Triple J Hottest 100) I was just mesmerised -- it really is an achingly beautiful, sad song and she sings it with so much feeling, it just made me feel like crying every time I heard it. If she writes her own songs and sings them in such an idiosyncratic and moving way, who cares if she is not the most technically accomplished singer (see Bob Dylan/Leonard Cohen) or has a slightly stylised/artificial image - the few songs I have heard from this album seem to be the work of someone who is an artist with an ability to communicate real feeling, regardless of any other criticisms.
Holly on 07.10.2012
She looks like a 1950s Hollywood actress and sounds like a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra”. Del Rey effortlessly combines pop, hip-hop and alternative in this hybrid genre album. Her vocals are very flexible, but she sounds at her best when she lowers her voice and delivers with intensity - then seamlessly switching to girly and airy. The best tracks without a doubt are ‘Blue Jeans’, ‘Video Games’, ‘Dark Paradise’, ‘Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Summertime Sadness’. The backing music is effectively eerie all the way through, with a healthy dose of synthesizing. I’m not a fan of some of the hip-hop attempts (think ‘Diet Mountain Dew’ and ‘National Anthem’), but overall, Del Rey’s style is seducing and new, her tone is honest and mature and her lyrics are poetic and catchy!