A review dedicated to Carles: Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
Lana Del Rey has come under heavy criticism; especially by my favourite blogger, Carles, from Hipster Runoff. She’s got fake lips and a contract paid by her millionaire parents. Trying to make herself look normal, she often talks about her teen alcoholism and the fact that she used to live in a trailer park. It doesn’t go too well with the fact that she’s been virally marketed towards the Indie crowd, however.
Lana’s a New-York area Indie Pop artist, channeling old-timey American musicians and crooning over trip-hop beats. The concept of her music is great, but she doesn’t pull it off too well. The album is filled with rich imagery of, well, being rich. Constant references to money, sex, Coney Island, and fame are spread throughout the album. The album itself wasn’t as bad as I expected. The first 5 songs were really good. Those songs outshine the rest of the album.
National Anthem is the track that kicks off the quality roller coaster. The song sucks. the following two songs are bad as well. It starts to get better at Carmen; then peaks at Summertime Sadness, which is a great song. Summertime Sadness doesn’t compare to the first 5 songs, however. The track entitled ‘This is What Makes us Girls’ is passable, and the rest of the album is mediocre.
Overall, the album was okay. I really enjoyed half the songs, and the rest of the songs really sucked. The bad songs sound really uninspired, rushed, or cliche’d. Most of the songs I enjoyed aren’t even new songs, as they were all released as singles or on demos and EPs. I’d give it a 6.5/10.
CLUE 1: “went to short dogs house, they was watching Yo MTV RAPS” Yo MTV RAPS first aired: Aug 6th 1988 CLUE 2: Ice Cubes single “today was a good day” released on: Feb 23 1993 CLUE 3: ”The Lakers beat the Super Sonics” Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release…