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Music Review: Lana Del Rey – Album of the Year

Born to Die (2012) is THE album, the ish, the grail, of the year.  Blending street and soul beautifully, Lana Del Rey accomplishes a time, dimension, and spirit that is sacredly Del Rey and only Del Rey.  My review will not do it justice.  No album before or after compares to it no matter how my review reads this year.  There will be other breaking albums this year no doubt, maybe even a couple that breakthrough, but as of now, New Yorker Lana del Rey easily retains the heavyweight title, Album of the Year, in my book (or blog as it may be).

She debuts with flawed, but indescribable uniqueness.  Nearly creating an entirely new contemporary genre, this talented singer and model is gaining a lot of haters post-SNL, but she should not be dismissed.  For fear of losing a potential Presley-esque creative, we need to keep her on our mind.    She is defined as a ‘self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra’.  MIA and Gwen Stefani meet Adele in a kitschy 60s Americana blender.  Having spent time helping the homeless after her first album was shelved, and being picked up by a label that does not worship the pop dollar, this female has soul and integrity plus mass appeal.


Lyrical content centers on themes of romantic tragedy, riveting with piercing scene painting, but Del Rey manages to be latently positive with cheerful acquiescence.  Vocals range from Lolita-style Britney Spears chirps to deeper dregs of lost innocence, ironically telling the story of America and Americans in Americana.  Tones are pleasantly melancholic with a suspense that does not climax in the album.  Release can only be anticipated in her next album or suspected to happen behind smokey curtains and closed doors.

Raw. Warm. Folksy.  Del Rey’s music is methodical and emotive like blood dripping on a dirt road, abandoned, obsolete.  Born to Die.

Tracks to check: Born to Die, Off to the Races, Blue Jeans, Video Games, Diet Mountain Dew, National Anthem, This is What Makes Us Girls, Lolita, all of the rest of the songs on the album.

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