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Born To Die: Chatty songs, with tired lyrics.
Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
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Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
Advantages: Some great tracks on there.
Disadvantages: Some tracks don't do Lana's voice justice.
On the 30th of January 2012, 25 year old Lana Del Rey released her second album. Her first album was released in 2010, but wasn't such a hit. She took some time to change her look and to work on her music, and two years later has released 'Born to Die'.
Her first single from the album was released in October 2011, and is called 'Video Games'. With this track she captured the nation with her slow, breathy, melancholy voice that left many eagerly awaiting her album. When the album was finally released, it reached number 1 in various countries, and helped Lana win her first BRIT award as 'Best International Newcomer'.
Since the album was brought out 'Born to Die' and 'Blue Jeans' have been released as singles, and have also been successful.
In summary, the album features songs about the usual sex, drugs and rock and roll. The lyrics are nothing too new, but Lana's breathy voice and melancholy tone is individual and is what makes the album different.
Track One: BORN TO DIE. This track was released separately, earlier this year, and reached the top ten in the British charts. This track is slow but flows nicely throughout. It's one of the longer tracks on the album at 4 minutes and 44 seconds. The song has lyrical themes of love and dying, which may seem rather melancholy, but the music keeps it interesting and catchy to listen to.
Track Two: OFF TO THE RACES: This song is faster moving than the previous one, and is a little more upbeat. The lyrics have a rather provocative love theme, but overall the song is very lively and bouncy.
Track Three: BLUE JEANS: This track's lyrics are hard to follow, but the song flows nicely, and you get to hear Lana's beautiful range throughout the track. This song has also been released as a single this year, with a video for the track as well.
Track Four: VIDEO GAMES: This was the debut track; first released from the album back in October 2011. The song flows nicely and the lyrics are catchy, resulting in this being one of my favourite songs on the album.
Track Five: DIET MOUNTAIN DEW: The way this song is sung makes Lana's voice sound very whiney, and the lyrics drone on a little. This is one of my least favourite tracks on the album, it's still listenable, but sometimes can become annoying.
Track Six: NATIONAL ANTHEM: This track is very catchy and one of the more upbeat songs on the album. The lyrics are bizarre, but it's what makes the song stand out so much I think.
Track seven: DARK PARADISE: The song is one of the slower tracks on the album. But, I'm not sure whether it's the speed, the lyrics or Lana's voice that make this track almost depressing, certainly not a favourite of mine!
Track Eight: RADIO: This is another of the slower tracks on the album; it's quite catchy and likeable though.
Track Nine: CARMEN: This song can easily be overlooked, and doesn't stand out as much as any of the other songs on the album. It's a slow track, with flowing lyrics, but is really quite boring.
Track Ten: MILLION DOLLAR MAN: This is a more poppy track on the album, has a much fresher feel to it. These lyrics aren't really anything new, but the song is nice to listen to.
Track Eleven: SUMMERTIME SADNESS: This track is also more of a pop song, with very lively lyrics. I think this track is interesting to listen to, and you can hear Lana's wonderful voice more in this track.
Track Twelve: THIS IS WHAT MAKES US GIRLS: The last track on the album is catchy and upbeat; it's a rather fun track and ends the album nicely.
In conclusion: Although the lyrics are rather repetitive at points, and some tracks don't do Lana's voice justice, overall this album features numerous good tracks. Some tracks are easily forgettable and some even sound whiney, some of the better tracks like 'Video Games' bring the album up, and Lana's unique voice is what makes the album different.
Although this album has quite a few good pop songs on it, I would say it's more of a deep and melancholy album, with a few more upbeat tunes on it.
I would recommend the album to anyone who likes the chatty kind of music that this album features, but you really have to listen to all the tracks to come to your own decision about whether you like the album or not.
I give this album a 3/5 as some of the tracks really are wonderful, but some of the less catchy songs bring the album down.
This album is available on iTunes, or in major CD or music stores. There are two versions of the album available; the normal edition, or the deluxe edition, which features three extra tracks.
Thank you for reading. This review was also posted on Ciao! under the username of Georgia713
Summary: Some good tracks, but others let the album down.