Born To Die (studio album) by Lana Del Rey
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The best album by Lana Del Rey is Norman Fucking Rockwell! which is ranked number 259 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,989.
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I felt from when I first this album that there was something exciting, new and very contemporary in sound of Lana Del Rey; I actually still do, after 10 years. With elements from both Dido and Kate Bush, I think that producer Emile Haynie has created a sound that is very modern which incorporates the feelings of disillusionment which characterizes our times.
There are several really good songs which lyrically corresponds well to the music. The title track is perhaps the number most people will know from the radio, but for me "Blue Jeans" is the absolute highligt, both melodic and catchy - magnificent!
"Dark Paradise" has not been released as a single, even though the song to my ears was a more obvious choice than a couple of the other five singles that have been pulled from the album.
It can be stated that more songs remind pretty much of each other, but still each very good.
One song which really stands out from the rest is "Million Dollar Man", which has a more jazzy sound. There are also some James Bond-ish in both melody and production. I would not be surprised if Del Rey is offered the title song for one the next Agent 007 movies.
The style of music is consistent throughout with some huge hits which are some of her best tracks. However, due to the repetitiveness from song to song the weaker tracks really stand out as being inferior. This leads to an up and down listen where the consistency of quality is all over the place. This melancholic pop style does get boring and worn out by the end of the record as well with a few of the tracks nearer the end being a real drag. Despite this, her voice is fantastic all the way through and there is quite a lot of depth in the music as well. This is primarily due to the diverse instrumentation that is present on here and it is always enjoyable to have an album where you can notice new things with every revisit. Overall, there are some outstanding moments on here but I am not a huge fan of this style of music and for me it isn't as consistent as it could be.
Yeah. This is fake deep. I still enjoyed it though. I don't know what that says about me.
The main inspiration for the subgenre of sad pop (melancholic pop?), a subcategory of baroque pop I'd say. Strangely, I'd say it has been mixed with hip hop, since a lot of beats (the songs that do have beats) are boom bap on paper. People who do not intend to actively mix genres or evolve existing ones keep surprising me, while the people that put all effort in making something the critics will scratch their heads to keep boring me to death (cough* Joanna Newsom). And don't say they're comparable, 'cause following that logic even Moloko's late work can be held responsible for the sad pop wave in the early '10s, which would be ridiculous, and boils down to a logic that doesn't go deeper than "it's baroque pop plus a woman so it's the same", which might be followed by a condescending "everybody knows, it's the truth, kiss kiss".
In retrospect this album must be much more appreciated than its current position suggests. People at the time had no idea where Lana Del Rey would be going and what key position this album holds in single female singers' albums . This album will be remembered as a classic in due time.
This album is way underrated, should be in the top 200 at least! Once in a generation ultragorgeous voice!
Lana has that nostalgic vibe in her music that anyone can tell it's her. She took a path and went full on it. Wich It means If you don't like this type of thing, them It will never hit you. This is an debut from an artist that from the beggining knew what It wanted to be.
Every song seems to have its hook, but the personality of the artist and overall album is so grating.
This is a serious "love it or hate it" album. There has always been a distinct backlash. Whether it was the quick rise to popularity with "Video Games" or just Lana Del Rey's persona there is something that rubs people the wrong way. If you compare the track ratings to the album rating you can see it.
For me it all works. The merging of hip-hop instrumentation, lounge vocals, and the hyper-sexual character she's portraying creates a sound space that really hasn't existed since. It really reminds me of The Weeknd's early mixtapes in the way the character they portray makes you feel like you're listening to someone who's trajectory is aiming straight for the 27 club. Obviously that didn't happen so it so it might the lack of authenticity of using a persona that bothers people.
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