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Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

by Diana Aqra Rating:7.5 Release Date:2012-01-30

'Love' and 'death' might just be the basic elements Lana Del Rey's (aka Lizzy Grant) second album, Born to Die. It's a combination of something oh-so-lovely yet oh-so-fatal. The female alternative pop artist du jour has already made a name for herself by consistently delivering deep and dark vocals, and she stays true to her signature, sexy strut on her new release. Though some tracks may not deserve as much praise as others, Del Rey definitely possesses the spirit to paint the picture of her pretty 'Dark Paradise' that she allows us to peek into.

Several tracks make this album transformative and different. Pain-soaked scores like 'Blue Jeans' and 'Without You' tenderly invite us into this deadly love she feels, but also force us to dig deeper into a dark part of our souls most of us would rather leave alone. Her heart bleeds on the floor of almost every track, making her endearing at times, but sickening at others.

If you're not into or touched by her melodramatic narratives, the slow, solid baselines of this album might keep you listening. It's a mix of hip hop and pop (Guess you could say 'pop-hop') from the perspective of a white girl with a voice and sometimes surprising raps. Rich and thick, you may instantly get hooked on her steady tone and praiseworthy vocals, or dismiss her into an alternative version of Lady Gaga or a less alternative, backwards adaptation of Feist.

'Summertime Sadness' takes the number one spot on the album for its regal quality. Unlike the other tracks, she maintains a certain sense of ingenuity throughout the track, doing well to change the pace often which manages to keep the "I've got that summertime, summertime sadness" lyric on our lips throughout. It's catchy enough, yet sufficiently musically layered to capture many ears to come.

Needless to say, this album deserves some attention and some play-time. She is teetering between an aloof female pop-artist and someone great; a place where many have tried and unfortunately failed. Regardless of whether this album or Del Rey makes it big, DJs will have tons to work with when these trendy tracks get nicely chopped-up and blasted in the club.

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