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The Best Debut Album I've Heard In Over A Decade. Seriously.,
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I bought this album as soon as I could on the day of release. A lot of albums are over-hyped to an nth degree, and invariably they fail to live up to expectation. I was so worried this would too. After the furore in the press about Lana's background (and frankly, I couldn't care less about that), and the exposure her music has already had - notably the simply wonderful 'Video Games' - I have to admit that I was hoping this wouldn't be a few good tracks and a heap of fillers.
11:23 am, and this is the third time I've played this today. It is seriously that good. As a man brought up on the likes of The Tindersticks and Nick Cave (with and without his Bad Seeds), there has been a lack of a good, romantic melancholy female voice. The Handsome Family have got close from time to time, but there was no heroine for us. Amongst the beauty of her voice there's a definite sorrow. The fateful resignation of Video Games, the complicity of Off To The Races, the deep, deep pain of Carmen, the anguish of Summertime Sadness... If you've ever heard Mother Fist And Her Five Daughters by Marc Almond, you get an idea of what this album is like. Lana's voice is hauntingly beautiful, deep and brooding, with an inherent, breathless sexuality that just draws you in. From the opening strains of Born To Die, you're hooked. Dark, and yet stunning in every sense.
One last thing. This album is going to be shipped over the file-sharing networks en masse. Don't go there. BUY this album, don't steal it. Lana has been through a lot to get this album together and released, including being sued over the video she put together for Video Games. Never before has anyone deserved your money than this release. Do the right thing, put your hand into your bank account, and get this legally. Of course you should be doing that anyway, regardless of who the artist album. But buying this album will do two things. Firstly, it'll give her the financial ability to keep going, to keep making albums like this. And secondly, this album will be a hit, and give her the emotional incentive to release another one. Rant over. Click 'Add to Basket' above, and make her a bit of cash.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2012 13:14:11 GMT
Seemingly it's not a debut album!
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 04:17:39 GMT
P. Jackson says:
Fantastic review. Del Rey's been met with an avalanche of bad luck and critical hatred; from her nervous SNL performance to being sued for copyright theft for her viral video for Video Games, is it not about time we cut this girl some slack and actually invested some time in listening to her wonderful music? Modern music critics focus so much less on the actual talent nowadays- what seems to be more important is the artist's personal life, background etc, and I believe this is utterly pathetic.
Despite whatever personal stabs you may have noticed rumouring arond the internet about Del Rey recently, keep this in mind: Born To Die is one of the most astonishing, beautiful, passionate, sexy and emotionally devastating debut albums to reach the masses in years and if you're a fan of Florence or Marina, you'd be a fool to miss this.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2012 19:29:29 GMT
A. Delahunty says:
I read that only today, so I stand corrected! Apparently her 2010 album released under her real name was pulled by iTunes pretty sharpish, and apparently isn't currently available. I hear that she's bought the rights to it once more, hoping to re-release it later this year on the strength of this release.
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