Pop-culture enthusiast, Hollywood day dreamer, and lovesick heroine: Lana swoons and grabs ahold of listener’s attention on her fourth full-length album.
Lana Del Rey, 32, is lusting more than ever for a fruitful life in her most expansive album yet. With 16 diverse tracks, listeners are offered the ability to hear Lana’s deepest thoughts and memories she claims dance in the, “ballroom of her mind” (listen to the 3rd track on the album; 13 Beaches).
“Lust for Life” breathes new life into what Lana lyrically does best — telling unnerving tales of love gone wrong and heavily romanticizing past lovers and distant far-off places, leaving you feeling nothing short of dazed and nostalgic. But with this latest release, Lana doesn’t appear completely reinvented by any degree, but rather she takes her most iconic attributes. Heavy bass-driven beats, flowery lyrics, and touches of hip-hop (think back to her “Born to Die” days) adds fresh flavor to them. The flavor includes adding as personal touches, revealing secrets, and an impressively dynamic array of collabs including; A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, The Weeknd, Sean Ono Lennon, and the one-and-only Stevie Nicks. These creative collaborations mixed with Lana’s exemplary, sultry, old-school Hollywood voice, create a unexpected listen.
“Instead, doubling down on her palette of inky blues and blacks, the singer-songwriter has delivered a trio of dark, dense, radio-agnostic albums that stand wholly apart from any of her pop music peers,” Pitchfork wrote about Lana’s album.
“If there’s anything about Del Rey that’s obvious by now, it’s that she means it—all of it. Every word, every sigh, every violin swell, the Whitman quotes and JFK fantasies and soft ice cream,” the site added.
Lana proves in this album how much she truly cares about the youth. She demonstrates her fascination with the future, even if it seems she lives in the past.
In her standout single on the album “Love” she sings:
“Look at you kids with your vintage music
Comin’ through satellites while cruisin’
You’re part of the past, but now you’re the future
Signals crossing can get confusing”
“Look at you kids, you know you’re the coolest
The world is yours and you can’t refuse it
Seen so much, you could get the blues
But that don’t mean that you should abuse it”
In classic Lana nature, she sings about her allegiance to her American identity…but on “Lust for Life” she is honest about her inevitable doubts in “today’s America.” Her shaky perspective on current politics can leave you, as a listener, feeling unsettled, for its coming from a singer who’s famous for her American spirit previously presented in her lyrics, music videos, and on stage performances. In the track, When The World Was at War We Kept, she sings:
“Is it the end of an era
Is it the end of America
Is it the end of an era
Is it the end of America
When the world was at war before
We just kept dancing”
Lana comes across as truly herself in this album and she’s honest about her current state in life — on the edge of a revelation, but not quite there just yet. She’s mixed up and confused about her idealistic ideas of America, love and herself. She draws from iconic influences such as Bob Dylan (Lay Lady Lay reference in “Tomorrow Never Came”), Elton John, Edward Hopper, and F. Scott Fitzgerald and adds her perspective on American art and its influences.
The album feels less overtly stereotypical “Lana” (cough, cough, flower crowns and red, white, and blue attire) and instead feels like an authentic representation of who Lana is at this stage of life. She questions generations before and after her and is still on the quest to discover what is truly worth lusting over in life.
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Tomorrow Never Came