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5.0 out of 5 stars Lana Del Rey - A Beautiful, Dark and Twisted Debut album!, 2 Feb. 2012
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Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) has become something of a contemporary phenomenon. the song "video games" became something of a cult anthem last year, it managed to garner a top 10 smash for Del Rey and launched her to an area of mainstream attention. Since then news of her background (her millionaire parents, live performances etc) all being something personal and dark areas to "attack", little did they know that the negative criticisms of what they know (or think they knew) would in turn launch her into something of a viral internet campaign too...raising more awareness of her as an artist.

Some think...too much too soon? I however feel that this showcases that Lana is very much above her criticisms, the personal attacks...and the material on Born To Die (a second attempt of making a debut album after a previously scrapped LP in 2010) is plenty to go by.

Born To Die is very much an album that launches listeners into this dark, retro Hollywood B-Movie of sound, a melancholic trip through Old Skool Baroque Pop and harsh Indie sounds....it very much showcases Lana as a talent to be reckoned with, not only an ear for very deep melodies and effective catchy choruses...but also what a fine unique voice, living up to her nickname as a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" but it is so much more than that too, she has that spark of Stevie Nicks about her too. That dark majestic vocal that harkens back to the early days of Popular Music.

In an area where current Pop Starlets Rihanna, Lady gaga, Adele, Ke$ha, Katy Perry et al. Are dominating the charts left right and centre...Lana is something of a breath of fresh air...very much like what FLorence & The Machine was in 2009 when Europop/Eurodance was at a peak, Lana brings to the table something different, edgy, quirky and so visceral in vibe. It is impossible not to get addicted.

Sure Born To Die is not necessarily as "radio friendly" as the aforementioned Pop Stars of today...but it isnt about that, it is about connecting to listeners on a much deeper level, Born To Die tells a story and listeners must fill in the gaps, you must find the hidden meanings, the topics, the concepts to paint the B-Movie in your mind, not something given to you on a plate for you to consume, digest and move onto the next thing. Born To Die is an album to repeat and take on several times over and enjoy more and more with every listen.

This Special Edition of the album features the songs - Without You, Lolita and Lucky Ones...and they are worth the extra money! Absolutely astounding songs that really do bring the Born To Die album a full circle in essence. Lolita is a surreal madness and Lucky Ones very much provides a sequel to the title track.

Dark Paradise, National Anthem, Off To The Races, Blue Jeans, Million Dollar Man, This Is What Makes Us girls and Radio are very much classics that are waiting to happen.

Buy this album today and experience the magic that is Lana Del Rey, she has a massive future ahead of her.

10/10
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2012 10:23:57 GMT
Is this a debut album? Its the second one from her I have.The first album is called "Lizzy Grant" (real name) It is not on Amazon-A friend downloaded it for me last year.It is good but she does not yet deploy the signature mournful warble.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2012 12:00:24 GMT
S. J. Pinder says:
Oh yes, that was her previously planned debut album for release in 2010, before the Lana Del Rey name etc. And the Born To Die direction, she lost the rights to some songs but recently got them back so we may see them resurface due to her newly found popularity right now...I hope so anyway...from what i heard the Lizzy grant album sounded brilliant.
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