Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey // Album Review

Lana Del Rey is well known for her sinister, mysterious and eerily nostalgic sound to her music which has proven to be a success from the masses of fans she has gathered ever since her debut single Video Games was released. Since then the singer has released her first album in 2012 and after two long years of patiently waiting her much awaited second album Ultraviolence was released on 16th June 2014.

Del Rey released four singles prior to the release date. These were West Coast, Shades of Cool, Ultraviolence and Brooklyn Baby. Writing in The Guardian, Alexis Petridis wrote that "every chorus clicks, the melodies are uniformly beautiful, and they soar and swoop.”  Lana had previously stated that Born to Die would be her first and last album however Ultraviolence proves she has a lot more to give and isn’t going to be silenced so easily. The Official Charts Company in the UK confirmed on June 18th that Ultraviolence managed to bag the number one spot overtaking popular bands such as Coldplay with their new album Ghost Stories. Her fans have felt overwhelmed by her mesmerizing album as they say she’s a ‘true cultural phenomenon’ and how the new album is ‘utterly compelling.’ Could this be Del Rey’s way of getting back at critics who didn’t believe in her talent?

On the other hand, there has been a lot of negative criticism surfacing the internet. A critic named Lauren Stern stated that she felt ‘bored and uninspired by the lack of originality’ and ‘it was just dreadful.’ A lot of reviews have mentioned how the album has been labelled as explicit content and you will need parental advisory which is something parents don’t want and gives a bad light to the album. Additionally, the whole feel of the album is very melancholic and slightly depressing, hypnotic and addresses disturbing issues including drugs and mental, physical and psychological abuse. This can have a detrimental effect on someone and can be very upsetting and lead to dangerous thoughts.

In my opinion, I absolutely love Del Rey’s album. I like how she’s transformed from her original sound and has improved vocally. It’s very eerie yet peaceful at the same time and I think it would be great to listen to for when you’re revising or trying to sleep. The production and her voice together make the album perfect to listen to on repeat and overall it’s just what her fans wanted.

Track listing:
1. Cruel World
2. Ultraviolence
3. Shades of Cool
4. Brooklyn Baby
5. West Coast
6. Sad Girl
7. Pretty When You Cry
8. Money Power Glory
9. ****** My Way Up to the Top
10. Old Money
11. The Other Woman

Bonus Tracks:
12. Black Beauty
13. Guns and Roses
14. Florida Kilos

Thank you for reading! I wrote this post in a more journalistic way so let me know if you like it or not? Also let me know down in the comments whether you like her new album and what your favourite song is? I’ve been very busy lately as I’ve been taking part in a film project with Voice 21 so I may be writing a blog post on that soon!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

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