From being ‘Born To Die’ to pursuing a ‘Lust For Life’ — Lana Del Rey drops her latest LP

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Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 7:35 PM
From being ‘Born To Die’ to pursuing a ‘Lust For Life’ — Lana Del Rey drops her latest LP by Natalie Wiepert

When Lana Del Rey revealed “Lust For Life” a few months ago, I was surprised to see a smiling Rey on the cover. My curiosity grew with the release of her singles “Love” and “Lust For Life” — a far cry from the melancholic “Honeymoon.”

In anticipation of her album release, Rey seemed to play it safe in her selection of single releases but “13 Beaches” proved she waited to drop her best tracks. “13 Beaches” and “White Mustang” remind me of her May Jailer/Lizzy Grant days. Her love for old age Hollywood is more evident than ever.

On tracks “Coachella — Woodstock In My Mind” and “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing” we hear Rey having hope for a brighter future, something that isn’t prevalent in her earlier work. She addresses the political times we are living in by turning to what America has done previously in times of hardship. She sings, “If we hold on to hope/We'll have a happy ending/When the world was at war before, we just kept dancing.”

Rey teased “Cherry” with an Instagram video several weeks ago and I’ve been anticipating it ever since. It’s lyrically the strongest track and sports a melody comparable to “Ultraviolence.

Collaberations are something we haven’t seen on any of her other albums, but we are given five in this LP. It’s fitting to finally have Abel Tesfaye be featured in one of her songs, as she appeared on his last two records. Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon are a perfect match for Rey on the ballads “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems” and “Tomorrow Never Came.”

After a long awaited reunion, Rey works with A$AP Rocky for the first time since 2012, when Rocky starred in her “National Anthem” music video and their unreleased “Ridin” duet was leaked. They have two songs, “Summer Bummer” being the stronger sultry summer anthem (also featuring Playboi Carti) and “Groupie Love.”

Anyone who previously found themselves in a miserable relationship or two may resonate with “In My Feelings.” “Crying in my cup of coffee cause I fell for another loser/I’m feeling all my fucking feelings,” Rey sings.

In “Heroin,” Rey revives her “Born To Die” muse in one of the standout tracks, singing, “Flying to the moon again/Dreaming about heroin/How it gave you everything/And took your life away.” Also to be appreciated is her ode to Radiohead and the “Paradise” reference in “Get Free.”

Lana stays true to her roots but takes her writing to a new level, going from sad girl to self-aware.

If you haven’t enjoyed her previous work, you’re unlikely to find much difference here, though any new or long time fans can feel satisfied with her lengthiest track list to date.

“Lust For Life” is available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as streaming via Spotify and Apple Music.

Standout tracks: “13 Beaches” “Cherry” “In My Feelings” and “Heroin.”

Natalie Wiepert is a managing editor (digital) for EdinboroNow. She can be reached at nataliewiepert@gmail.com. 

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