Lana Del Rey – Born To Die Review
Since the release of ‘Video Games’ in the back half of 2011, there has been a lot of conjecture about the meteoric rise of Lizzie Grant A.K.A. Lana Del Rey. Rich parents, possible cosmetic procedures, wonky television performances and more of the kind of thing that makes a listener form an opinion before giving an album a spin.
But if you ignore all that (which you should), you will see that Lana Del Rey’s debut album ‘Born to Die’ is a very enjoyable listen.
The album starts off very strongly with the title track, displaying the hip-hop inspired vocal samples, driving strings and low, crooning vocals that are prominent throughout the whole album.
‘Off to the Races’ shows a more playful side of Grant, with a tale of a loving sugar daddy complete with higher pitched vocals that are sexy in the kind of way that makes you feel a bit shameful (maybe that’s just me).
The next two tracks, ‘Blue Jeans’ and ‘Video Games’ round out as solid a first four tracks as you will likely find all year. ‘Video Games,’ one of the best singles from last year, especially with its all-encompassing melancholy tone. The rest of the album doesn’t quite match the beginning but doesn’t exactly let up either. ‘Diet Mountain Dew’ provides the best example of hip-hop like beats on the album, and Radio is another mid-tempo ballad is strong without quite matching the emotion of ‘Video Games.’
Without any real weak points throughout the album and a nice, cohesive tone throughout, ‘Born to Die’ is a very solid debut for the barnstorming Lana Del Rey.