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Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
Author Name: superness11
Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
Advantages: Amazing voice
Disadvantages: Poor lyrics
After falling in love with 'Video Games' and Lana's melancholic, enchanting voice I awaited her new album with baited breath. Born to Die is the second album from the American singer-songwriter and was released on the 27th January 2011. If I was going to sum up the album I would describe it as slow eclectic mix of breathy vocals about sex, love and rock and roll. Her most famous track and the first one released off the album early last year, 'video games' was a huge hit and it's grainy, homemade video instantly got tongues wagging about the upcoming album. Overall I am quite dissapointed with the music. There are a couple of great tracks on the album but it just seems that she is trying too hard to be different and quirky with her depressing pop style. It is nothing new and most of the songs I need to fast forward because the lyrics make me cringe! I give the album 3 out of 5 stars as her captivating soulful voice is mesmerizing it's a shame the lyrics she is singing are tired, jaded and slightly irritating.
Track 1 - Born to Die ."Feet don't fail me now, Take me to the finish line, All my heart, it breaks every step that I take..." This track starts really well but it just doesn't finish well for me. It starts really melancholic and deep but it seems to get quite boring and it does not hold my attention as well as other tracks on the album.
Track 2 - going to the races. "Because I'm crazy, baby I need you to come here and save me I'm your little scarlet, starlet Singing in the garden, Kiss me on my open mouth Ready for you" Lana del Rey is really going for the chatty delivery with lyrics that are quite provocative. I'm not sure if she is talking about her dad or her lover in this song and find it a tad disturbing. It's a bubbly little number but it is not one of my favourites.
Track 3 - Blue Jeans. "I will love you till the end of time/ I would wait a million years." This track starts off with an indie pop feel. There is a snippet from a guy reading from a religious text and you are led to believe the song is more poignant than it really is. It is a nice song though, thoroughly meaningless but pleasant to listen to.
Track 4 - Video Games, "They tell me that you like the bad girls honey, is this true?" This song was rightly a big hit. It is really beautiful and the range of her voice really makes the hairs on the back of my neck tingle. The lyrics are well thought out and the song just feels and sounds good.
Track 5 - Diet Mountain Dew, "You're no good for me Baby you're no good for me You're no good for me But baby I want you, I want you Diet mountain dew." This is another chatty, poppy girly song that I can not bear to listen to!
Track 6 - National Anthem. "I'm your national anthem. God, you're so handsome. Take me to the Hamptons." Obviously these are ridiculous lyrics and the whole song has a ironic feel to it. It is very poppy and it does not flow as well as the other songs. Her voice through still manages to add life to tired sounding lyrics.
Track 7 - Dark Paradise. "And there's no remedy for memory, your face is like a melody" This song is my least favourite on the album as it has some really annoying droning backing singers that sound very depressing. I have to fast forward this track.
Track 8 Radio. "Not even they can stop me now Boy, I'll be flying overhead." This is a really beautiful track with foul language. I'm not a big fan of swearing and do not think there is much need for it but I do like this song. It's slow and melancholic with a nice beat behind it and a catchy chorus.
Track 9 Carmen. "The boys, the girls, they all like carmen She gives them butterflies, but too coconize She laughs like god, her mind's like a diamond ..." This is a very slow song that has grown on me recently. I still find it a boring though and it just doesn't stand out at all.
Track 10 - Million dollar man. "You said I was the most exotic flower Holding me close in our final hour ..." More cheesy lyrics but the song has a nice steady beat to it and is easy to listen to. Probably not a very memorable track and features a lot of cheesy lyrics. It has a good steady pop beat to it though.
Track 11 - Summer time sadness. "Kiss me hard before you go. Summertime sadness. I just wanted you to know. That baby you're the best" A beautiful track but as you get towards the back of the album you start hear a repetition in her lyrics, again she sings about wearing a red dress. I like this track through. It is slow and deep and catchy. It is a good indie pop song and I will imagine she will end up releasing this as a single in the future. However it just does not have the fire of 'Video Games.'
Track 12- This is what makes us girls. "Remember how we used to party up all night Sneaking out and looking for a taste of real life." The album ends on a high and I really like this track. It is catchy and fun with plenty of sparkle but lacks any real depth.
This is an easy to forget album and a big disappointment. Would I recommend it? I probably wouldn't actually. I would recommend a couple of the single tracks but on the whole I think it is a poor effort that lacks real emotion. Video Games really won me over and I was genuinely quite disappointed with the rest of the album.