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Paradise

Lana Del Rey

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Album Review

Even after selling nearly three million copies of her debut album worldwide, Lana Del Rey still faced a challenge during 2012: namely, proving to critics and prospective fans that Born to Die wasn't a fluke. In that spirit, Del Ray released Paradise, a mini-album close to Christmas, that finds her in perfect control of her voice, much more assured than she was even one year ago, and frequently capable of astonishing her listeners with a very convincing act. As for the sound, it should be familiar to fans of Born to Die, with strings that move at a glacial pace, drums that crash like waves in slow motion, and additional textures (usually electric guitar or piano) that are cinematic in their sound and references. There's really only one difference between Born to Die and Paradise, but it's a big one. Instead of acting the submitting, softcore, '60s-era plaything, here she's more of a wasted, hardcore, post-millennial plaything. She even goes so far as to tell her audience that she likes it rough (in words that earn the parental advisory sticker), to ask whether she can put on a show, and at her most explicit, proffering a simile that compares the taste of an intimate part of her anatomy to Pepsi. The inclusion of a cover, "Blue Velvet," is not only a perfect match for her style, but also a hint that she can perform up to better material. Still, all of this is merely the material for her continuing popularity and attraction. She puts it better here than anyone else, with another simile: "Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer, life imitates art."

Customer Reviews

Lana!

Lana Del Rey is a goddess! She is amazing I love every one of her songs <3

G O L D

She does it again. With the album leaking previously in the week and now just being released officially, these tracks will be hopping the charts in no time.

1. Ride - 9/10 - We've all heard the track and most likely all seen the music video to go along with it. With build-ups and break-downs, it's just a fantastic motivation song. Feeling lost, blue, or confused? Just ride your troubles away with Lana's new tune.

2. American - 10/10 - Definitely one of my favorites on the album. Everyone loves a patriotic song, especially when it's a patriotic song about love. I would compare this to the previous album as "National Anthem - Part Two."

3. Cola - 8/10 - This would be Lana's sass and seductiveness rolled up into one incredibly catchy lyrical. If you call describing your privates as Pepsi-Cola, poetry. Overall, a good upbeat song with some (interesting, yet) feel good lyrics.

4. Body Electric - 10/10 - The one we've ALL been waiting for. We've heard it live, we've heard it muffled, and we've overplayed the preview enough times to worry our friends and family. This track is definitely where some of Lana's poetic skills have kicked in. With thematic lyrics and heart bounding instrumental behind it, we find a true original from Lana Del Rey.

5. Blue Velvet - 6/10 - Really not one of my favorites, but still a very beautiful cover song. Everyone enjoys a sweet ballad from time to time.

6. Gods & Monsters - 9/10 - Definitely a fan favorite. Although I will say it's a lot more blatant than Cola (sounds impossible right?). We hear Lana's sweet honey voice trickling over yet another heart bounding, fist pumping track, with her directly mentioning she wants to be "hit hard" if I may put it. As I said, a fan favorite for sure. I wonder how she'll sing it live.

7. Yayo - 8/10 - A beautiful re-recording off of one of her previous "Lizzy Grant" albums. Although the sound quality has improved, many true Lana fans have been said to enjoy the original more. But overall, it's a piece of art for sure.

8. Bel Air - 10/10 - Another favorite of mine, which portrays the trailer-park pop-star running towards "Bel Air" supposedly, passing palm trees and gargoyles. Singing, "I don't wanna be bad, I won't cheat you no more," almost repenting of her destructive ways. A lovely ballad, showing off some of her singing skills tremendously.

9. Burning Desire - 9/10 - A great way to end a masterpiece. With this heart pumping tune you're teleported to a highway of electricity, pushing it "to the limits" because you "just don't care." Overall a phenomenal album, and an extraordinary way of ending Born To Die.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is one of the most inspirational women/artist of the century. She sings about her life events she just doesnt write a song for the hell of it she actually puts time in to her music. Lana Del Rey will come on top in 2013 in America alot of people don't know about her yet but they will very soon. I cannot fathem how long ive been waiting for her to perfomr in Dallas ,TX. A tour needs to be started ASAP.

Biography

Born: June 21, 1986 in Lake Placid, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Vocalist Lana Del Rey makes atmospheric, orchestral, retro-'60s-sounding pop that showcases her torchy image and sensuous singing style. A native of Lake Placid, New York, Del Rey released the single "Kill Kill" under her given name, Lizzy Grant, in 2009 before remaking herself into the pop femme fatale character Lana Del Rey. A video for the single "Video Games" appeared online in August of 2011 and drew considerable buzz, as did a secret show she performed at Brooklyn's Grasslands Gallery that...
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Paradise, Lana Del Rey
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Nov 13, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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