- Audio CD (16 Jun. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Polydor Group
- ASIN: B00K5T1LZY
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ultraviolence Explicit Lyrics
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Lana Del Rey's second album Ultraviolence was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who also plays guitar on most tracks. The album includes the singles "West Coast" and "Shades Of Cool".
Top Customer Reviews
There is a nagging sense that the album hasn't done quite as well as it should have, perhaps because the lead singles were ill-chosen: 'West Coast' certainly grows in this context, but 'Ultraviolence' is one of the lesser songs here. They are both swamped by the majesty of 'Shades of Cool', 'Sad Girl', and the quite fabulous 'Brooklyn Baby'. 'Pretty When You Cry' sounds a bit like filler, admittedly, and could signal a long tail of diminishing returns in the second half, but it really doesn't - 'Money, Power, Glory', 'F*d My Way Up to the Top' and the lovely ballad 'Old Money' push the quality bar right back up.
Seriously, you need to have this. Like me, you will soon have it on repeat with a bottle of wine, bellowing along with a great big grin on your face.
Download it. I don't know how she keeps doing it!
"Ultraviolence" merely extends that legacy, the lyrics are just as subversive, brilliantly picturesque (verbal S&M maybe) and a complete contrast to her verbal delivery. This album, to me, seems to be a perfect next step in the Lana Del Rey story and easily stands on its own against the previous two, I can hardly wait for the next edition - will she mellow, will she continue to rail against the industry and system, will she make some peace with her inner demons? Whatever the answer, I'll be first in line to buy it.
It feels like an extension to the first album but misses out (in my humble opinion) on any stand-out tracks in the vein of Born to Die. Having said that, there is no doubt she is an immense talent.
It's quite a sparse, minimalistic album, but all the better for it. It forces you to focus on Lana's dreamy voice and unique lyrics. But then every time I listen to it, I find something new in the music that I hadn't noticed before. I'm not sure if I've got a favourite song from it, but if I had to pick one I'd go with Brooklyn Baby:
"Well my boyfriend's in the band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my hair
I get down to Beat poetry
And my jazz collection's raw
I can play most anything
I'm a Brooklyn baby, I'm a Brooklyn baby"
I'm not usually the kind of person who gets 'lost' in music or films, but the lyrics like the ones above feel so evocative, especially the way she sings them. Listen to the rawness in her voice when she sings that chorus for the last time.
I hope I'm not overstating how good it is, but if you find yourself listening to the album and not understanding what all the positive reviews on here are talking about, I'd advise giving it a few more goes to let its slow, otherworldly magic work on you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big fan of Lana, so when I heard her tune had completely changed from Born to Die I was concerned I wouldn't love it, but honestly this album is absolutely beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casey L
Every track skipping, not happy at all, even got a new record player as I thought the player was at fault, but even on my new one, it still dosent play rightPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love Lana's music. She has a great voice and her songs have some wonderfully rude lyrics.Published 3 months ago by Gpa.Tim