Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence press reviews
Many international media are pronouncing ‘Ultraviolence‘ album of the week. Songrwriter Lana Del Rey raises a lot of questions around her third release and not only musically.
The album leaked weeks before the official release and she is single again. On top of that a discussion about her quote in an interview with The Guardian saying:
“I wish I was dead already.” The daughter of Kurt Cobain responded on Twitter warning that a death of a young musician is nothing to romanize. (She has deleted her tweets about this topic).
Lana Del Rey responded in a Tweet saying: “It’s all good. He was asking me a lot a out your dad I said I liked him because he was talented not because he died young.”
She is mentioning her heroes like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain in that same interview. When the interviewer suggests that death binds them she gave that quote, proclaiming a death wish.
On ‘Ultraviolence‘ the songtitles are darker than on her succesful breakthough ‘Born To Die.’ A number of songs that deal specifically with sadness with titles like “Cruel World,” “Sad Girl” and “Pretty When You Cry.”
On 13th June the long-awaited third album and break with ‘Born To Die’ (2012) is released. ‘Ultraviolence‘ reaches immediately for the second time No.1 of the British charts and no.5 in the Dutch ‘Album Top 100.’
Lana Del Rey is a star; over a billion Youtube views, multi- platinum selling records and winnar of BRIT Awards and a Grammy. Her personality is part of the mystery; who is Lana Del Rey really? Nobody knows it, but is it relevant when you are listening to her music?
Nobody knows if an album will stand the test of time. Unless not yet regarding ‘Ultraviolence‘ a record that reflects a process of taking risks. Maybe it because of Del Rey’s approach that the media is responding so differently.
“There’s not a song here as good as Video Games, but you could have said the same thing about Born to Die, and overall, the writing feels sharper and stronger. Every chorus clicks, the melodies are uniformly beautiful, and they soar and swoop, the better to demonstrate Del Rey’s increased confidence in her voice. It’s all so well done that the fact that the whole album proceeds at the same, somnambulant pace scarcely matters.” The Guardian 4 stars out of 5
“It’s true that much of Ultraviolence, like Born to Die, rams the same sonic guidepost over and over. But Del Rey does allow herself to be coaxed into one striking departure, for the single “West Coast” – a deep groove that kicks her from chanteuse into front woman for a few glorious moments.” The Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 5
“Ultraviolence” will doubtless stir up more disputes. But one thing the album should immediately eliminate is the notion that Ms. Del Rey is only chasing hits. The album reaches deeper into her slow-motion sense of time, her blend of retro sophistication and seemingly guileless candor. It also moves gracefully between heartache and sly humor, sometimes within the same song.” The New York Times
It is a fact that the album on Dutch media sites is the album of the week and well respected critics are mildly as quoted here above. Lana Del Rey did it again; delivering top music on a high level!