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Album Review: Born To Die by Lana Del Rey

1. Born To Die, 2. Off To The Races, 3. Blue Jeans, 4. Video Games, 5. Diet Mountain Dew, 6. National Anthem, 7. Dark Paradise, 8. Radio, 9. Carmen, 10. Million Dollar Man, 11. Summertime Sadness, 12. This Is What Makes Us Girls. Deluxe version: 13. Without You, 14. Lolita, 15. Lucky Ones

There’s been a lot of hype about this artist, but I tried to hold off on listening to any of her songs until I could listen to the whole album in its entirety. However, I did cave in and listened to the title track, Born To Die. I found it to be… different, but different in a good way.

This album as a whole has a very slow and relaxed feel, but without being dejected or sad. On top of that it also has a seductive-ness quality to it. I’m not sure if that’s Lana Del Rey’s goal or maybe it’s just how her voice comes across. But there is reason for the songs to have that seductive feel, since they are about girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, and girl seeks boy’s affection. Unfortunately, boy does not reciprocate girl’s love. However, the constant theme in this album does not focus on heartbreak. Instead, there’s a pattern of singing about being devoted to a man, seeking his approval, being dependent on him to live happily, and lacking self-worth to feel deserving of his love at the end of it all. Or at least that’s what I gathered from the songs.

Some quick song notes:

  • Off To The Races: has a calm, cool, collected rapping-like approach
  • Blue Jeans: takes a narrative approach, and is a good example of the devotion she gives
  • Video Games: sounds like a song that Florence + The Machine would have made
  • Diet Mountain Dew: starts with a catchy hook, more fun than the rest of the songs
  • Radio: finally made it big, and asks “how do you like me now?”
  • Carmen: talking about a young girl with problems
  • This Is What Makes Us Girls: recognizes love as her priority and is willing to do anything for it, also takes a narrative approach
  • Without You: no matter what she has or how much she has, she’s not complete without him
  • Lucky Ones: a happy ending kind of song

Lana Del Rey already had a lot to prove just by being a new artist, but having received so much hype, there was even more pressure to deliver a great album. Did she deliver? In my opinion she did. She’s different from most other female artists, she’s not as vocally gifted as Adele or Beyoncé; she doesn’t have the dance approach of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga or Rihanna; and she doesn’t have the more sad approach of Ingrid Michaelson, Natasha Bedingfield, or Sara Bareilles. For that, she finds herself in her own little alternative category. Album rating: 3.5/5

Favorite Song: Dark Paradise

“Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side
Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you”

Least Favorite Song: Radio

Other Songs I Enjoyed: Born To Die, Blue Jeans, Diet Mountain Dew, Summertime Sadness